I’ve been wanting to experiment with weaving for a while, but I’m hesitant to buy a loom or any substantial equipment. That’s why I was excited to see some weavings made on embroidery hoops! I have plenty of hoops and yarn to give this craft a try with minimal expense.
I referred to the video tutorial by Robert Mahar to get started. I used a 10″ embroidery hoop for my “frame” and white pearl cotton floss for the warp. You can follow Robert’s tutorial (starting at minute 1:45) to see how to set up the warp thread like spokes on a bicycle wheel. You’re going to need an odd number of spokes so that your over-and-under weaving alternates as you progress around the circle.
I used several types of yarns from my stash in varying thicknesses. I even dug out some wool roving I had from my needle felting days! I also added some tassels that I made with my Llamallooma™ Pompom maker. The whole thing came together in just a few hours. It was super fast and very gratifying!
Ta-da! I love it! My son said it looks like a cactus bloom and I have to agree! I love the colors and textures.
Have you tried weaving? Sometimes it really feels great to exercise those creative muscles with a new craft. Next up, I’ll share my first experience with needlepunch embroidery!