Friday, January 24, 2014

Weaving!

In my many years as a crafter/artist, I've tried so many things. I've tried drawing, painting, sculpting, calligraphy, scrapbooking, fabric printing, jewelry making, sewing clothes/quilts/dolls/bags. There was my stained glass and then wine charm and then decoupage phase. There was the year I was going to make 50 (but then only made one) Victorian valentines. I crochet, I knit, I embroider, I cross-stitch. I've even tried my hand at dyeing yarn.

I thought there was nothing left.

And then I read Sara's blog and omg, you guys...she's weaving. WEAVING!

You all know how the rest of the story goes, right?

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Sara was so kind and answered all my weaving questions and pointed me towards the Cricket 15" Rigid Heddle Loom. I bought it like, 2.5 seconds after she told me she liked hers. I ordered it from The Woolery.

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I also bought a 10-dent heddle because that's what Sara uses for sock yarn scarves. Because, you guys, I have so much sock yarn! I basically only have sock yarn!

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So, I wove this little mat and it was really, really fun! I finished it in one day. It would have taken me months to knit something this size with sock yarn...weaving is so amazingly fast! I knew my first try at weaving might be a total disaster so I used leftover yarn to make a mat for the cat's food and water bowls. Extra-cat really loves it, as you can see.

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I have much more practicing to do but I'm really happy with my first try. Since making this, I bought this Craftsy class (on sale) on Sara's recommendation and it's really good. I've only watched the classes up through making a scarf but the second project is a tea towel...omg, I'm going to be able to make all of our kitchen towels now!!!

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So, that's it for now. I have so many scarf ideas in mind and pretty much everyone is getting something woven this year for the holidays. I'm even thinking of how I could weave my own fabric to sew into a skirt or something. That would be amazing! But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

2 comments:

  1. yay weaving! i love your cat mat! the colors are so pretty.

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