I have been admiring stick weaves for a while now and I finally decided to try it out. This is also really great for those who want to get into weaving, but don’t own a loom just yet. It’s a perfect free loom to play around on.
I really like the rough texture of the stick next to the soft woven textures of yarn. And it wasn’t too hard to make either. My boys magically find sticks everywhere outside, so I enlisted their help for this project. We almost got all the way to the end of our walk with just thin sticks, but then we found this one and it was perfect for what I wanted. If you’d like to try weaving on a stick also here’s what I did:
step 2| taking the end of your warp thread, double knot it towards the inside of the branch split.
step 3| pull your warp thread across to the second branch and wrap the warp all the way around it. Your warp thread will cross the branches in a figure 8 pattern. So you’ll pull the warp across from one branch to the other, loop around the branch once, then bring the warp thread from the bottom of the second branch to the top of the first branch. Then the pattern repeats, loop around the branch, bring the warp thread from the bottom across to the top of the opposite branch and loop around. Continue in this way until you run out of space on your branches. Your warp threads probably won’t be uniform because of the natural branch shape, but that is part of the fun!
step 4| now using a tapestry needle you can weave across the warp threads as you normally would. Need some ideas or more explanation, check out these weaving techniques.
The benefit to warping the branch in a figure 8 is that the warp threads will meet in the middle, which makes it much easier to weave on. As you weave more rows, you’re warp threads will flatten out. If you want to understand figure 8 warping better, I talk about it in more detail here.
step 5| secure your yarn tails as normal (this explains how) and you’re done!
I think the best part is, no worrying about taking the weave off the loom and what might happen to your weave shape as the tension changes.
So what do you think of branch weaving? Have you tried it yourself before? Is there some other weaving project you’d love to try? I’d love to hear from you!