Weaving on a Dime

Well, it’s a little more than a dime….but not by much! 😁

If you always wanted to try your hand at weaving but shied away from the price of a loom then I have a low-cost solution for you.

All you need is a piece of cardboard (I used the lid of a shoebox), yarn in your favorite color palette, and a tapestry needle…and you’re ready to make your first weaving.

But first this….

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(Image found on Wikipedia)

~1. Cut a rectangle out of your cardboard, pencil in 1/2″ markers on the top and bottom, then cut triangles so the point is between the markers.

~2. Make a little cut before the first, and behind the last triangle at the bottom. This will keep your yarn in place once you start winding the warp (the set of lengthwise yarn).

~3. Take a length of non-stretchy (!!!) yarn – I learned that the hard way – now I use cotton or hemp. You want to wind your yarn twice around the first triangle. Otherwise you won’t have a little loop at the bottom, which you will need later – I learned that the hard way too!


~4. Wind your warp yarn around the triangles.

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~5. Now you can start your weaving.
With your tapestry needle and your favorite yarn you will create the weft.
Secure your yarn around the first warp, by looping it around twice.

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Alternate between weaving your thread above and under the warp, and reverse in the 2nd row, and be sure to never pull the weft too tight.
Now just keep going – but always check the previous row -just to make sure that you go over when the previous row was under and vice versa.
If you don’t like ‘cleaning up’ your edges, aka hiding/sewing away the tails, you can use multicolored yarn to get a fun, colorful piece. Or, you can knot the lengths of yarn together – and let the knots show for some extra texture.

~5.  After a few rows push your weaving together using a wide tooth comb or your fingers. Repeat after every 4, 5 rows of weaving.
When you get to the top, loop the weft around the last warp string twice, secure it – either with a knot or by sewing it down the side.

Look at it – you made your first weaving! How cool is that?!

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Now what do you do with it?
You can
– add fringes (that’s why you need the loops of the warp    ) and a rod (knitting needle, twig) and display your first masterpiece

(If you like add more fringes in between the loops)

-make multiples and stitch them together for a scarf, a bigger wallhanging,
a pillow, a purse, a baby-hat ….
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~This one is crochet, but it would great in woven fabric

I sure hope this tutorial is helpful – if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Have fun! 😃  …..and please show me your creations!

Until next time!
Take care! 💕

~Tina xoxo

 

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Mosquito-repellant Plants

Well, hello ~ good to see you here! Thanks for stopping by! 😊
Can you believe it’s almost May? That means it’s finally time to tend to the flowerbeds.
I do have a lot of weeds to pull (except the ones with little flowers on them – they will stay…much to the chagrin of my husband  😋).
Then it’s off to buy the flowers! Yay! Do you get overwhelmed at the nursery/garden center? I sure do – my flowerbed is not all that big, so I can’t get that many, and I can never decide which ones of the pretties to take home.

But ~ this year it’s going to be easy! See, I’m very allergic to mosquito bites. Those little suckers leave me all swollen and itchy. So I was very glad when I came across this nifty chart that lists all the plants mosquitoes hate! Ha! Got them now! 😄

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I will plant them all around the patio, and in pots to place in places where there is no flowerbed and on the table. I do wish I could cover myself in all these plants…just to be on the safe side.
That is, of course, not possible, but that thought gave me an idea for a new drawing!
Let me explain why …. last week I started a ‘100 day challenge’ on Instagram, along with many other artists. We’re supposed to pick a medium, and post a new creation every day. Well, so far I’ve made it… the challenge is young 😊    But I’m having a lot of fun with it, so I’m hopeful!
Since I love making jewelry every day, I decided to do something different, something challenging, and nothing  is more challenging for me than drawing, believe me!
But I found this great book (Fashion Design for Beginners) that is very helpful. So I set to it. (If you wanna see, my Instagram handle is  ‘kristabella_weston) 😬

Anyway – long story short – here’s my fantasy for a mosquito free summer


Don’t you wish? Then all I’d need is a net thrown over me to keep the bees away! 🐝

I will plant everything this week – I’ll let you know if it works!
Going now to pull some weeds! 

Ta Ta for now! 😘
~Tina xoxo