Monday, April 20, 2015

weaving is addicting & my secret tool for weaving.

I have fallen in love with all the images of weaving lately. There is so many creative designs all over. Instagram has been my favorite place to see the eye candy. Just search #weaving and you'll be hooked!

For Christmas, I got my son a Melissa and Doug weaving loom on a whim. I actually hadn't even seen the weaving sensation sweeping the internet back then. I was just thinking what a creative gift for a 7 year old to figure out. We tried it out together from the instructions included, and he was pleased. He had more of an attention span than I thought he would have. So far, the loom has been used by him, me, and even my 12 year old son!

The loom came with some rainbow yarn, a large wooden needle, and other supplies to get started. I pulled out my selection of yard from the closet and we bought quite a bit more from the store for a variety of colors and textures.  I tell you, it's hard to just buy one skein of yarn!

I wanted to do more complex designs so I did some searching and found some great information on A Beautiful Mess. They have a few posts that walk you through step by step. Start with Weaving Class: the basics and you'll get the hang of it in no time!

This is my first completed weave and I hung it up on my newly updated gallery wall.

My 12 year old used the ipad with the weaving posts on A beautiful Mess, and he was able to create his own weaving.

When I started making my first weave, I was sitting comfortably in bed and didn't want to bother with the huge wooden loom. Instead, I got a piece of cardboard, made slits in it and used that. It was easy to lay aside and pick up again another night.
I didn't have a large blunt needle to use so I decided to use this little thing. It was the best happy accident!

It's from JoAnns fabric store and is originally used to poke out corners when you sew, or to pull elastic though casings or flip skinny tubes right side out. It's called a Bodkin.
It was perfect for weaving and I plan to buy another one to keep with my weaving supplies. The ball on the end is great to guide the yarn in and out of the warp. The larger hole is easy to thread the yard through too.
This post and info is also shared on the blog Sisters and Sidekicks.

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