Cloud Weaving

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I used bulky wool and roving for this guy so warped the loom threads 1/2″ apart, instead of 1/4″.  Next time, stick with 1/4″, I think – you can just adjust the weaving (going 2×2 instead of 1×1) if the quarter inch is too tight and then the hanging loops will both look better and hold everything in tighter.

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And a preview of the current project, a sawtooth star:

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Weaving, the first

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Another Creativebug class is to blame. This time, Annabel Wrigley’s Weaving for Beginners, via the Michaels Makers program. This one is just an experimentation in texture, using stash supplies: alpaca, wool, cotton, acrylic, blends…it’s all in there somewhere.

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Definitely love the herringbone/fishtail/Soumak stitch portions, though I had to watch the video about 8 times each time I tried it. I think my favourite is the heathered bulky stuff.

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A close-up of the back, because I always love seeing them from other people.

Roped In

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After watching Nicole Blum demonstrate this technique on Creativebug, I promptly relieved my local hardware store of their entire stock of poly/cotton clothesline. Five baskets and three bags later, I still have several hundred of feet of rope left to play with. Fair warning: this is damn easy and damn addictive.

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As I proclaimed after finishing my third basket, this is the first time I’ve experienced the mythical trifecta of craft: cheap, fast, and attractive. I find that most crafts fulfill one or two of these adjectives, but never all three: knitting and quilting are expensive and slow, but the yield is (hopefully) gorgeous; cross stitch is cheap and beautiful, but takes forever; sewing your own garments is rarely cheaper and always far more time-consuming. But this rope business! I see project baskets and cat beds and coasters and chair cushions and placemats and plant pot covers and…

drylightningblog.wordpress.com  drylightningblog.wordpress.com drylightningblog.wordpress.com drylightningblog.wordpress.com(Is there a single word that captures the notion of ‘closely studied and then reverse-engineered’? To say these bags were ‘inspired’ by Doug Johnston is obviously a gross understatement. Mimicry, perhaps? Imitation = flattery, and whatnot, I suppose.)

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