New Weaving Experiences

After a great many failed attempts, my continued efforts produced 4 lovely woven rectangles with loose fringes.

So, recently, I decided I would try my hand at weaving. I crochet, and I’ve done at least a little knitting, (enough to form some sort of opinion about it) and I thought weaving might be fun. Don’t ask me why, (though comments are appreciated) but I got it into my head that making a pair of shoes this way would be cool. So, I bought a few balls of some nice twine (my reasoning being that twine was strdy, and thus, a good shoe material), already having a nice chunk of cardboard at home, and began my attempts. I had no real clue about how to begin, but I’d heard of cardboard notch-style looms, and seen  a few pictures, so I just jumped right in. After my many failures, here’s a few tips for those who may like to try this type of weaving:

  • use a thick, study piece of cardboard (a single layer simply *will not* cut it, and it’ll bend as you try to work with it.) A thin piece of wood with pegs/notches will probably work even better, if you want an even sturdier loom, but I’m cheap, haha so I just took a large piece, folded it in thirds, and taped it tightly shut to keep it flat. True, it was harder to cut notches through multiple layers, but for just a bit of extra work, I had a reliable little loom that I’ll probably use again.
  • measure the space between the notches, and make them as close together as possible. The thickness of whatever you’re weaving will play a part in how close/far apart your notches/pegs are, but a good guideline is simply to make them as close as you can manage without bending the cardboard.
  • use yarn/thread/twine/embroidery floss/whatever you want to use that is already the thickness you want the cloth to be. A thicker gauge can make a thicker cloth, but it’ll also create a rough, homespun look. Not a bad one, but I’ll admit, the roughness of my little cloth rectangles suprised me a bit.
  • pull the yarn/thread/twine/etc as tightly as you can possibly manage. This may be uncomfortable on your fingers, but having to take breaks periodically is much better than having loose, unreliable cloth.
  • DO NOT cut the ends of whatever youre weaving off at the ends of the loom. When you loop the thread/yarn/etc, tie a good knot at the end of it, and loop it all the way through the notches, like this:

 

 Doing it this way will help your cloth have tight edges, ones that aren’t as liable to unravel as ones done other ways.

  • At this point, you weave through, over-under, however long you want, until you make your cloth the size you want. If you make it shorter than the width of the loops, all you have to do is tighten them throughout the weave, creful not to harm the weave, and cut off the excess at either end.
  • Now, it seems like the horizontal threads would be best done like the vertical ones, to make the cloth less likely to unravel on those ends, too, but I couldn’t figure out how to do that, really. So any input on that would be cool, if anyone’s reading. 🙂 I just cut it to the necessary length, leaving a tail on either end of about 2 1/2 inches.

Currently, I have 4 rectangles about the size of the soles of my feet. (2 layers thick makes for a sturdy sole, maybe?) So obviously, my shoes aren’t quite finished. I’ll keep you apprised though. 😀

Hello world!

I'll post instructions later, but it's the easiest bit of knotwork I ever did, and I wear it all the time!

Hey there, everyone with internet access and the random luck of finding me and my blog.

I’m Bonnie, a college student who, like billions of others, is feeling the financial pinch of college. However, I still want to have the things I need, as well as nice things, and it occured to me that knowing how to make my own purses, clothes, jewelry, *food*/ desserts/candy, hats, possibly shoes, as well as various gifts- would not only be cheaper than a great many other ways to get the very same things, but making them myself would get me exactly how I want them. Because I make them myself. Cool, huh?

My mother taught me how to do some basic crochet when I was a litte girl, which I expanded on as I got older, and through a very handy how-to macrame book I received as a gift around the same time, as well as some research, I’ve been fairly capable to provide myself with all the handmade fashion I could wish for. And, when I didn’t know how to do what I wanted to do, the internet proved a very useful tool. I absolutely LOVE cooking my own food, even when the kitchens I have access to aren’t mine. 😛 One day…. but not yet, alas. I take every opportunity to practice my candymaking skills as well. (Not as hard as it sounds, by the way! I know, I thought “how could I even begin to make Almond Joys?” because that was what I made the first time, but it was amazingly easy. All you really need for most candymaking is a good pot+stove, and to wash the disheas IMMEDIATELY after. But that’s another post.) I create art as well, including everything from scultping in clay, wire, or wood, to pencil/pen sketches, acrylic painting, and chalk. (Sidewalk Chalk + India Ink are my 2 favorite mediums, currently, and I’m actually working on something that utilizes both, believe it or not.)

Knitting is still beyond me, except for a very irregular garter stitch.

However! my most common venue for textiles will be crochet, and for jewelry, macrame. Although I’ve been looking into possibilites with wire. 😀

Who knows? Whatever strikes my fancy.