Monday, 16 March 2015

Make It Monday! Weave a Scarf with Handspun Yarn!

It's Make It Monday again! I have been pretty obsessed with weaving for a long time now. I love the way threads interlock against eachother and colours blend in a woven fabric- not to mention how delightfully smooshable a hand woven fabric is. 

You don't need a fancy loom to weave on! In fact, building one yourself means you can weave with any yarn you like -  which is great for crazy thick and thin art yarns, or a particularly fluffy or gently twisted handspun. 

Take an old picture frame, some nails and your built up aggression from the working week and hammer a weaving loom together by placing the nails evenly along the top and bottom of your frame.  Take your gorgeous handspun yarns up and down your loom creating a warp, then WEAVE!! 
Weave your thread over and under your warp yarns (called your weft thread) , and gently beat them into a smooth line using your hands or a kitchen fork. 

SO. RELAXING. AHHHH... just feel the stress melting away. :-) 

Rigid heddle looms are also wonderful for handspun yarns - and they have the added benefit of helping to open a "shed" between your warp. (I always laugh at the crazy words used for textile machinery and contraptions! A 'shed' is where your alternating warp threads move to create a gap, leaving you room to place your weft thread through easily. )

The sky is the limit! Weave a scarf! Weave leggins! Weave a wall hanging! Weave a dress! Weave a bag! Weave Weave Weave.


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