Weaving interlude

I think I’ve said before that I’m not much of a knitter. Sure I like a good chunky scarf as much as the next girl, but mostly I associate knitted garments with scratchy, tickly, sweaty and I hate the feel of it on my nails (yes I’m aware the last one is a weird, only-me peculiarity). So the idea of labouring for hours over a garment that could a) not fit and be un-adjustable and b) end up feeling one or all of those things?

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All that being said, I love the look of wool. Those photos in catalogues where models drape themselves on antique chairs in ruined houses, wearing layers of gorgeously textured wool and chiffon (Anthro I’m looking at you), those I dig.

Anyway, this sort of brings me to weaving. A fad? Yes. A bandwagon? Yes. A mockable hipster pastime? Yes fine, whatevs. But have you seen what you can make??

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From top left: Liztooheywiese (etsy), A beautiful mess, All roads, Native Line by Justine Ashbee, AwaysAway (etsy)

Look at all that gorgeous texture!! And best of all, in wall-hanging form none of it has to come anywhere near you… ok me, let’s not pretend this is an issue for anyone else. Anyway, I had to have me some of that. So I gathered my supplies – Children’s (ahem) weaving loom set, cotton yarn for weft, weaving needle – all from Buttinette. Leftover/donated wool from the bag of projects never-to-be-started.

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From: Buttinette.com

For weaving basics, Rachel Denbow’s series over on A Beautiful Mess is a great place to start. One extra tip (which I only worked out about 50 rows in) – if your loom comes with strange long metal pieces to screw on to the end rows (shown in the photo above), treat these as if they were part of your last warp string. They help stop the weaving from sagging, and you can just unscrew the end and whip them out once you’re finished – magic.

So here is my first attempt, in all her tasseled, textured glory:

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For hanging, I was originally going to mount it on a branch, but then it got all grey and rainy and I didn’t fancy the idea of poking around in the park for damp wood (glamorous craftbloggers never discuss the practicalities of this shiz). Anyhoo, so I went with a plan B of copper piping, which I was pleasantly surprised to find stocked at Jumbo (our second-rate Swiss version of B&Q).

I have to admit, I’m pretty in love with the finished item. It’s obviously not a patch on my inspiration ones above, but I love it anyway. The motifs in the middle reminded me of mountains, which worked well as I decided to give it as a wedding present to a couple of mountain-loving friends. I’m keen to make more. Friends/family be warned: 2015 may be woven gift year…

Siobhan xx

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