I know many of you are excited to finish your circle weaves, so today I’m sharing one way to finish your circle weave that you made with an embroidery hoop. This is really simple and it’s one reason I like weaving on an embroidery hoop. (Find my first post on warping an embroidery hoop here and if you need to cut your circle weave off the loom, here’s how to finish that)
step 1| I wove my circle most of the way, leaving a small gap between my weave and the embroidery hoop (I used wool roving on the outside edge and it puffed up making it hard to notice a gap, but the roving is easily pushed down). Take a piece of yarn that you want to finish your hoop with. Hold about an inch of the yarn against the hoop and then start wrapping the yarn around the hoop, going between the weave and the hoop and then back around the outside.
step 2| Continue wrapping the hoop until you reach the beginning thread tail. If you run out of yarn before reaching the beginning thread, then tie a new piece of thread to the thread tail that ran out. Make sure your knot will sit inside your hoop to better hide it. (I pulled out my roving rows to get a better picture of this step). Hold the tied off thread tails along the inside of the hoop and continue wrapping the hoop, covering the tails as you go.
step 4| Using a tapestry needle thread the tails through a few of the wrapped threads and then cut the excess tail.
I really like that using the embroidery hoop allows you to keep your weave on the “loom”, because there is no worry of your weave losing it’s structure off the loom. Also if you know for sure you won’t be cutting your weave off the embroidery hoop, you could always wrap it before you weave. I’ll be sharing a second way to finish your circle weave off the loom soon along with some other circle weaving tips I have to share.
Have you tried a circle weave yet? What did you think about it compared to weaving on a regular square loom?
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