Category Archives: Circle Weaving

It’s a good day for weaving

It’s a very happy day when I get to weave pom poms on a giant circle loom while soaking up some autumn sun. Hope you’re having a great Sunday.

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Sweet watermelon circle weaving

Here’s a quick little project tutorial so you can weave a super-sweet watermelon decoration.

I’m hanging them on the Christmas Tree this year (Yep, we have a summer Christmas here in lovely New Zealand)

1. Gather your supplies. You will need a Circle weaving loom, small amounts of thread in watermelon red, black, bright green, dark greed and white or very pale pink, some polyester fibre-fill stuffing, tapestry needle and scissors.

2, Set up your circle loom as per instructions and weave a bit of watermelon red. I used a slightly textured cotton viscose knitting yarn that was lying around. I also weave over and under two threads at a time for a little while in the start – this gives a slightly neater and flatter fabric.

3. After a while add one round of black thread but this time go under three threads and over one thread. This will create a few watermelon ‘pips’. Take the black thread to the back of the loom and let it dangle there there as you will need it again soon. Note: if you prefer you can skip steps 3 and four and just embroider a few ‘pips’ with black thread later by hand.

4. Change back to red and weave over and under each thread for another cm or so. Then Repeat steps 3 and four another two or three times. (Weave the black for one round under using an 3 under/1 over pattern and then red over and under for a cm or so.)

5. Weave red until you get very near the edge of the loom. Then weave a few rounds of white, followed by bright green and finally dark green. Finish when you get to the very edge of the loom and you can’t weave any more. Try not to pull too tight as you weave near the edge.

6. Take you weaving off the loom and tuck in any loose ends to the back of the work. Fold in half with the right side facing outwards. Using the dark green thread, begin to sew up a neat seam to join the two halves together. I like to use ‘whip stitch’.

7. Add a little poly-fil stuffing and continue to sew the watermelon closed. Knot securely and weave in your ends.

8 Tadaah! Your summery watermelon is complete. Now you can add a brooch back if you would like to wear it. Or a little loop tie near the top so you can hang it up somewhere. You can also make tiny ones using my smaller loom and then add some felt wool pom-poms and a tassel if you want to get fancy.

Looms are available from my little Etsy or Felt shops. Send me a note with your order if you would like me to put in some watermelon colour yarns in your parcel.

Wishing you a happy weaving day.

One-of-a-kind hand woven scarves and circle weaving kits now available at the fabulous World of Wearable Art Museum & Gallery, Nelson NZ

Extra Threads

Just in case anyone needs more yarn for circle weaving, I now have some ‘Extra Threads Packs’ listed in my little Etsy shop. There are 10 different colour stories to choose from here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/261895961/extra-yarn-pack-for-circle-weavers

Also available at The Little Beehive Co-op, Hardy Street, Nelson, NZ 🙂

 

Learning something new

This week I had a lovely email from a customer. She told me she had been using the little circle looms to make ‘Tenerife Lace’. 

I was very intrigued as I’d never heard of this before. So I spent a little while with Google and having a go at weaving. It’s quite fascinating so thank you KO for pointing me in this new direction. 

  

   
I need to practice my knots but here is my first test of this technique.   

It’s pretty rough but I think Tenerife Lace might make a nice snowflake decoration or cup coaster.  And wouldn’t it look amazing if lots of these round motifs were joined up to make a lacy fabric!

 I think I will try it again but use a crisp cotton or linen thread instead. Or maybe some bright colours to make this very traditional technique look more contemporary. 

If anyone else would like to have a try, here are the two online resources I’ve been following to get me started…..

https://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books/archive_012.pdf

And

https://archive.org/stream/teneriffelacewor00thde#page/6/mode/1up

Hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Woven  bird decoration – a kind of/sort of tutorial :)

I had a very rough idea about making a little bird decoration from my woven circles. This is what it looked like in my sketchbook.   

And this is what I did – step by step – just in case anyone out there would like to make some of these too. 

I think they could look quite nice hanging around – maybe on the christmas tree?  (Sorry, I do realise it’s way too early to be talking about that)

1. Weave a circle in colours you love. 

     

2. Make a fluffy ‘tail’. (Wind some yarn around your fingers, secure in the middle, fold in half, secure a bit more and trim)   

 
    
 

3. Make some colourful braided ‘legs’ too.
  

4. Fold the woven circle in half and start to sew along the open edge. Don’t forget to attach the tail and legs and stuff with some fibre or poly-fill as you go (I put some nice smelling essential oils in the stuffing too!). And I made some extra stiches to fashion a beak shape.    

   
 

5. Sew on some beads for eyes, maybe some tinkly bells for feet and lastly a loop to hang it up with. 

   

And here is a baby bird too – made using my smaller weaving wheel.   

Hope you enjoy x