I love to add ornaments to presents that I give during the holidays because they really make a gift looked that much more interesting. Also it’s like a little bonus gift. An extra special touch is adding a handmade ornament.
Nothing say party to me more then a shag weave. And the bonus is you can use your yarn scraps in this weave.
Loom || If you don’t have a loom, no problem, I have a great tutorial on how to make one from cardboard here.
Tapestry Needle || again, recommendation for this in my Shop This Post below
Weaving Techniques you’ll need to know||
Plain Weave | The over/under pattern. I have a detailed explanation here.
Rya Knot steps |
- step 1: start with cutting a length of thread that is twice as long as you want your rya knot to hang.
- step 2: lay the middle of the yarn over two warp threads.
- step 3: take left side of the yarn and pass it around the warp thread on the left and pull it up so that it is between the left warp thread and the right warp thread.
- step 4: next take the right side of the yarn, pass it around the warp thread on the right and pull it up so that it also is between the left warp thread and the right warp thread.
- step 5: pull both the yarn ends evenly so that they pull tight against the warp threads creating a rya knot.
- Click here for the rya steps with pictures.
Jubilance Pattern ||
Note: this pattern is made using the top warp loops, however it can be modified for warp threads that need to be cut off the loom. See this tutorial for ideas on how to finish cut warp threads.
step 2|| plain weave a 12 inch long piece of warp thread (we’ll use this for hanging the weave) across your loom warp threads. Make sure the thread ends are even on both sides and tie the ends off in a knot, creating a loop for hanging the finished weave. This thread should be pushed all the way to your top warp loops.
step 3|| using your yarn, plain weave 3 rows at the top, again pushing them high up to your warp loops.
step 4|| row 4, start your rya knots, tying them at every 2 warp threads. Since I have 10 warp threads, I tied 5 rya knots across the row. My yarn pieces are 3 inches in length, so once rya knotted they are about 1.5 inches long on each side.
step 6|| row 6, rya knot every 2 warp threads.
Note: I started letting a few random rya knot threads be slightly longer then 3 inches to add some dimension to my weave.
step 7|| plain weave rows 7, 8, and 9 (this locks in your rya knots).
step 8|| row 10, rya knot every 2 warp threads.
step 9|| row 11, skipping the outside warp threads, rya knot in between the other warps.
step 10|| row 12, rya knot every 2 warp threads.
step 11|| plain weave rows 13, 14, and 15.
step 12|| row 16, rya knot every 2 warp threads.
step 13|| row 17, skipping the outside warp threads, rya knot in between the other warps.
step 14|| row 18, rya knot every 2 warp threads.
step 15|| plain weave rows 19, 20, and 21.
Note: for these last two rows I’m making my rya knot pieces 4.5 inches long (instead of 3 inches) so they hang down longer.
step 16|| row 22, rya knot every 2 warp threads.
step 17|| row 23, skipping the outside warp threads, rya knot in between the other warps.
step 18|| plain weave rows 24 and 25.
step 21|| secure the plain weave yarn ends in the back of the weave. Click here if you need more details on this step.
What do you like to add to your gifts to make them special?
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