Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Last year I had a little taste of weaving with a mini loom that came free with an issue of Mollie Makes magazine, I can't remember what issue it was but it was a 140x160mm tiny loom. It wasn't until Christmas that I got a chance to try it out, I posted a pick on my Instagram feed at the time - you can check it out here. I made a teeny tiny little wall hanging using the mini loom but I loved the process and the tactile nature of it. I really wanted to make something bigger but I didn't fancy buying a lot of expensive equipment but it turns out you don't need much to get started at all!!
You can pretty easily make your own lap loom, I found a few different tutorials on how to do this and all you need to do is make a basic wooden frame with four bits of wood, secure with L-shape brackets at the corners and add your pins/nails to the top and bottom of the frame. Creative Bug has a fantastic set of video tutorials on weaving for beginners, it covers everything from building your loom to creating fancy stitching! I highly recommend it!
I made this weaving with wool I just had in my craft room, I had the wool roving from needle-felting, I love how it adds more texture and dimension. To create the shaped fringe at the base I used a simple triangle of card as my guide. I didn't have much chunky wool but you can use several strands of wool to create a similar effect. I also added a little embroidery stitching to mine because I wanted some more details.
It's hanging in my craft room now and like most things, as soon as Isabelle saw it she said "can you make me one?" - so of course I'll have to make one for her room now! : ) I'll make one to match the colour scheme in her room and attempt to have a heart shape in the centre, we'll see how it goes!