I’m going to call this technique doodle weaving, because there is no planned shape. Just the fun of doodling in different colors! I really love weaving like this, because it can be very creatively freeing. There is no special technique to this. Each color I wove with the plain weave and I’m sure a lot of you have already tried this, but I do have some tips to share.
In the pictures I’ll walk you through how I added one color and I also included a sped up video (I wish I was that fast!) of me weaving in different colors.
I really recommend trying to weave this quickly with little forethought on how the design should look. It’s much more fun and creatively freeing to just go for it and let yourself make design choices in the moment!
I like to choose way more threads then I’ll probably use. Since this doodling is usually done quickly without a plan, it’s nice to have a large variety of options so that you can grab colors quickly as you go.
I like to jump around on which warp threads I weave over, which looks really interesting and also helps hold the piece together. You could weave color blocks, but then you will have to account for gaps (I have ways to fix gaps here).
While I’m weaving quickly, I will often pause to take a step back and squint at my weaving. This really helps give you a macro view of what your colors and organic shapes are doing. It helps you decide what to weave next.
Weaving like this gives you a lot of ends to tuck, but I think it’s well worth it! Especially since weaving like this is so quick and fun. And here is a sped up video of me making the shapes:
If you missed it, I posted on making a cardboard loom for those who want to get started weaving or if your looms are tied up. Cardboard looms are really great temporary looms.
Do you normally follow a strict design, a flexible design, or just weave organically like this? I tend to weave with a flexible design in mind, but it can be so nice to occasionally weave a strict design or completely off the cuff. It helps me get out of any creative slumps that might arise.
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