Pinterest Strikes Again

I’m not sure how we crafters got along without Pinterest. It is an amazing resource for ideas, projects, inspiration, and to peek in on what other folks are making. I haven’t weaved anything since college. Recently, I had a friend point out that weaving is becoming popular again. Something struck me about it and I immediately made a small cardboard loom and started.

I cut a piece of cardboard about the size of a business card. I should have made it longer so it would be easier to tie off once I was done, but live and learn. I also started weaving upside down. You should pull the yarn towards you but I did it the other way. Oops.

Still, I finish up the mini weaving and learned quite a bit in the process. Enough that I wanted to get something a bit more sturdy than cardboard. So I picked up the weaving kit from Lion Brand and Martha Stewart. I got it Michael’s with one of their 40% off coupons so if I didn’t like it I wasn’t out a bundle. It’s easy to set up, but the directions are pretty terrible. Good thing for Pinterest. One of my favorite beginner weaving tutorials comes from A Beautiful Mess. She goes over everything you need to learn to get started. This tutorial helped me figure out how to make a shed stick for the Martha loom so I could weave faster.

Currently I’m playing with the Martha loom and just trying out weaves, playing with the yarn I have, making shapes, practice finishing the piece, and display. I’m not too concerned with design right now. Just looking at it I can see why I should have been more careful with what I was doing (hint: the warp thread showing in the purple “mountain” shape.) But I’m having fun and learning quite a bit.

I will probably start researching different looms now. Until then, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for tutorials and other ways to weave. I found two projects I particularly like: circle weaving and branch weaving. Click on the pictures below to go to the tutorials.