I think adding beads to weaves is my new obsession. They really make a weave pop and I love the added texture and dimension. A few weeks ago, I shared how I added beads to a pile weave. This week I wanted to trying adding beads to a flat weave. I’m still playing around with the best ways to add beads and this technique worked well so I’m sharing it with you now.
Hi friends! Today’s post is a little bit different. A while back I gave a brief explanation about using the cartooning technique to weave a picture. I would love to hear some feedback from you about this. If you’re interested in weaving pictures, I would like to know what your questions are and where you feel you need help.
As you know, I’m always looking for new-to-me things to try with my weaving. And one of those techniques I’ve been admiring lately is the look of wrapped yarn. It adds a lot of texture and there is something really lovely about a mess of yarn spilling out of a structured wrap. You can see a lot of wrapped yarn in the works of many fiber artists, including the iconic Sheila Hicks. Wrapped yarn looks so lovely and can be a really great compliment to a weave. Today I’m sharing the steps to how I wrapped some yarn and added it to my weave, so you can try this out too! Continue Reading
This is another one of my favorite weaving techniques. The vertical stripe looks complicated, but it’s just a simple plain weave pattern that you change colors. And yes this is exactly the same as the three colored weave I re-shared a bit ago, except that to get the vertical stripes you use a thin warp thread so that your weft threads sit close together and create the striped pattern.
Judging from the amount of times I get asked about this, I think it’s about time we explored adding beads to weaves!My first thought was, sounds easy enough. I picked out some cute coral-like beads with a weave design in mind and then I attempted the weave…twice! It turns out adding beads wasn’t as easy as I had first thought, but I got there in the end and I’m more then happy to share what I learned from this attempt.
When people are starting out weaving, a big question that comes up is ‘how do you make shapes?’. There of course are a lot of ways to weave shapes. One of the easiest ways, which I of course wanted to re-share for those of you who are newer to the blog, is weaving angles and waves. Continue Reading
That’s right, hang your weave from anything…well, anything that you can tie a string to and will support the weight of the weave, but you get my point. A weaver I follow on Instagram (are we friends yet?) recently posted a beautifully detailed vintage pipe stating that she was hoping to try to hang her weave from it, but wasn’t sure if it would work (and here is a picture of the pipe, thanks Jessica for sharing!). I commented yes it is very possible! This pipe had the strength and width needed for her weave, and it’s actually really easy to hang your weave from objects like this. So this post is for all of you wondering how you can hang your weaves from ‘odd’ objects.
Hey friends! As you may know, I shared some best-of weaving techniques during the holidays and I realized there are a lot of new people on the blog that may have missed my older posts. So I’m going to highlight some great weaving techniques from time to time for those of you who are new and possibly spark ideas for those of you who have been following along for a while now.
Today I’m re-sharing the 3 colored plain weave. This weave makes a really fun visual and is great for beginners too!
After I warped my loom with two different colored warp threads, I knew I had to weave a plaid. It’s really fun to see how the weft colors interact with the warp thread colors that peek out. I made the plaid for fun, but in the future I probably will follow more of a block pattern that looks closer to traditional plaid and also I will use a heavier weighted yarn for my warp thread so that it is more visible. Continue Reading
This topic comes up a lot. You love your new weave idea, it’s going to be so great. You pick out the perfect yarns and weave away. You’ve put a lot of time and energy into this weave, but suddenly it isn’t looking right. You keep working at it, maybe changing a little, maybe adding more and nothing is working.