I love weaving with yarn, but lately I’ve been wanting to try other materials and see what kind of different textures they bring to my weaves. We’ve talked about weaving with denim and also weaving with fabric which were really fun and brought new dimensions to my weaves. Each new material has it’s own limits, that once you understand what it can and can’t do, you can really start to make interesting visuals using the material’s strong points. Since then I’ve been looking for other different materials to weave with and I have three more to share.
This is that fun t-shirt material that rolls in on itself (and if you remember, the same material that Brosha uses in some of her weaves). The interesting thing about jersey is has a flat color compared to yarn, almost like a matte. But when it’s mixed with yarn it makes a lovely balance. This also looks great in a shag weave. And the best part is the jersey that I bought is created from factory off-cuts, so it’s a great way to reuse what would otherwise be thrown out.
I’ve been wanting to try chiffon ribbon for a while now, it has such a great airy texture! I have woven with this material and it was pretty interesting. The texture of the chiffon really grips the warp threads, so it stays were you place it. This material made some really soft loops.
I got a bag full of fabric remnants, which were too small for anyone to sew with. However, they were not too small to weave with (isn’t that the best part of weaving?). This bag had strips of silk ribbon, chiffon scraps, and woven fabric. This is again, a great way to reuse what would otherwise be thrown out. It also feels like a challenge to decide how to use each scrap.
What are some materials, other than yarn, that you’ve woven with? Is there a material that you tried that didn’t work well? Or a material that worked much better then you thought it would?
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