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.