My first weaving project ~ Part II ~ The finishing touches

So, here I was. With a semi-finished piece of a woven textile, planning the finishing touches.      I picked out some beads (of course!), buttons, yarn. I walked through the yard, eying every little twig, judging it for it’s potential to become part of my creation. I decided to use a twig to complement the natural fiber I used.

After I laid everything out, I unhooked the top portion from the loom – that was a little scary! Somehow I imagined everything to fall apart. But, good news, it didn’t! 🙂

I wanted to knot the loops to make sure nothing would unravel in the years to come. The little loops were just that, little – as in, too short. So I took my wide-tooth comb, and row by row compressed the weaving.

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You might notice that the piece is shorter now, than it was in the previous picture.

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Now I had enough length to work with. I knotted the loops, and threaded a wide-hole bead on each one. Time for my little twig. Loop by loop the piece of weaving became a wall-hanging.

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My plan was to unhook the bottom portion, cut the loops ~ aargh, scissors! But, as you can see, it ended well 😉  ~ and knot the warp to create a fringe.

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As you can clearly see, ‘Fringe’ is not the right word for the wimpy strands, sticking up ever which way. But – fret not – I still had some beautiful yarn left. So – now the ‘Fringe’ deserves it’s name!

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I played with the buttons, until I was happy with the look. A few stitches and they were securely in place!

Now – how to hang it up? I don’t just want to hook the twig on a nail. Out came the ‘Kumihimo’ Disk. Believe it or not, I still had some silk-yarn and -ribbon left. I picked some additional yarn from my stash, and made this pretty cord.

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And it’s done! I will proudly display it in the shop, where it will soon be joined by many more woven, bohemian-style wall-hangings! 😀

Thanks for sticking with me ’til the end. I hope you enjoyed the ride!

Now – the ‘Grand Finale’ ~ TaDA

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My first weaving project

A few days ago I bought this cute ‘retro’ weaving loom. I had one like it as a kid – but back then not too much interest in any craft. That came later! 🙂

Here is what I found when I unpacked the box (isn’t this box just darling?)

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I knew I had to create the warp onto the frame – so I picked a pretty yarn and did just that (a little tip – don’t use stretchy yarn! I did that, and, boy, did that make the process harder!) Silk and cotton works best!

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Then I wrapped the shuttle needle with the yarn I wanted to do the border with. That was easy! LOL

I fitted the ‘Heald Shaft Gear’ under the warp, and let the yarn (1st, 3rd, 5th strand, etc.) fall into the slots. The yarn needed a little assistance – but, still not hard!

Finally I got to weave! After each row, the Shaft needs to be turned one fourth forward, so the 2nd, 4th, 6th Strand etc. falls into the slots. Easy-peasy!weaving 003

I wove 5 or 6 rows with the yarn for the border. By then I had an inkling of an idea why it was suggested to me NOT to use stretchy yarn! See, the yarn stretches, but doesn’t bounce back. Making it harder and harder to do the over/under motion of the needle. But, I wasn’t about to give up, and start over. I kept going, vowing to use cotton the next time.

Now it was time to pick strands of yarn, and ribbon for the actual ‘decorative’ part of my piece. In my favorite store (Florilegium in Weston) I found  bags with a variety of silk yarn and different ribbons. Perfect for my little project! Since the loom only came with one shuttle needle, and I didn’t feel like winding/unwinding the yarn every few rows, I went and got out  my tapestry needle – and, since it’s a narrow piece, found that this was ideal!

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So far, so good!

And on and on I went – then I got fancy! I started a simple ‘design’ – by weaving to the middle, turning around, going back weaving to one warp before the last, and so on. Then I did the same thing, with a different yarn, from the other side. Et voilá – two triangles!weaving 006

Here is the finished piece! I’m quite happy with it! Now I have to embellish and hide the yarn-ends ~

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I’ll be back soon to show you the final result!

I hope you enjoyed following my process! Let me know if I inspired (and maybe helped) you with your own little wall hanging!