Looming adventures in Weaving

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Isn’t this delightful? I bought it at a small craft centre in Weymouth – I fell in love with the cheery mediterranean colours and the sloping hills reminded me so much of the lovely Dorset hills – I snapped it up right away.

I have a lovely friend, who weaves the most amazing cloth but her loom takes up a whole room in her house not to mention the two that take up a double garage! Weaving has therefore always felt a little out of reach until I was wandering round Hobbycraft, with a gift voucher hot in my hand, when I spotted this little loom.

 

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Yes, it is aimed at children… well those six and above, but the size is just right for a wall hanging and I made the concept of weaving much more approachable.

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This is a very simple loom, there are no forward and backward methods to make the weaving simple – but I actually liked the process of weaving the threads round with a needle, rather than a shuttle.

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It is not going to set the world on fire, but I am enjoying experimenting with the wool, playing around. (well it is a child’s loom after all!) I would like to do a little more weaving – there is so much inspiration on Pinterest, fingers crossed I will be able to share something soon.

 

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Ribbon Weave – Wheat Comforter

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I love paper mania packs, they are so gorgeous! Beautifully co-ordinated buttons and ribbons, just wish they did more fabrics.
When I saw this pack I thought it would be ideal for ribbon weaving because you need not just even sized ribbons but a nice collection of tones and colours. I love the tiny buttons that are part of the set, usually used in scrapbooking, but perfect scale for smaller projects like this.
 You simply lay the ribbons out on a cork tile, or a cork noticeboard is ok, I first lay the lengthwise ribbons, in this case a plain white velvet, then the cross ribbons go between, alternating between front and back until you have a weave.
To make the fabric and the ribbons sit well, I back them with a little bondaweb, just to keep them in shape.
You can then treat the ribbon weave as one piece of fabric.
These lovely what bags are so comforting, you can make all different shapes long sausage shapes to go round an aching neck, I have even made a eye mask for a lady who had fallen and bruised her eyes. You can also put these in the freezer to keep you cool for bruising or headaches.
I made this one square to fit the ribbon weave, it is called revers appliqué because you cut the fabric to create a hole where the under fabric is exposed. In this instance I cut two pieces of wool – the top layer was a larger heart, followed by a middle layer that was just a little smaller, finally the ribbon weave. The buttons make a pretty edge round the heart. I backed it with the remaining teal velvet I was given at a WI meeting two or three years ago.
I use these little paper mania packs in many other projects including my Christmas Tree Cushion published in sewing world.