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How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom

How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom
June 25th, 2008 Email 1322 users recommend Weaving like this can be the basis for so many projects: place mats, coasters, bags, hats—use your imagination. All photos by Diane Gilleland Keep your edges a little loose, and they'll stay nice and straight. An ordinary salad fork makes a great tool for keeping your weaving snug. Photo: All photos by Diane Gilleland 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5next> View all Weaving is such a meditative, relaxing craft—and at the end of it, you have fabric! I like to re-use cardboard shipping envelopes for my simple looms. Begin by deciding how wide you want your weaving to be. Next, measure and mark every 1/4 inch along the edge of your cardboard, working between the two width marks you made in the previous step. Draw a line 1/2 inch from the edge of the cardboard. Use a pair of strong scissors to cut a series of slits in the edge of the envelope, 1/4 inch apart. Repeat these steps on the opposite edge of the cardboard. View 1 member project gallery

weaving on old books Hi folks. I’m operating in an ArtPrize induced fog, so it’s not surprising that today’s live TV craft segment turned out to be one for the blooper reel. (See the clip below.) I call this clever recycled book loom the “Jager” loom because I got this project idea from Margaret Jager, a member of the Woodland Weavers and Spinners guild and co-chair of the impressive 16th Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition featuring work by many local fiber artists who are members of The Michigan League of Handweavers. (My Sunday column will feature more details about the show, so check here this weekend for more details. Margaret was inspired to make her book loom by the Weavette, Weave-It and other small looms that have gone in and out of mass production since the 1940s. When she told me she made a loom out of a dated copy of “Knit Sweaters The Easy Way,” I was intrigued. Seriously. My only question was this: Why a knitting book? “I know everything in the book, so I didn’t need it any more,” she said. P.S.

10 Amazing Mandala Crochet Creations The mandala has spiritual significance for a lot of people but it doesn’t have to be specifically a spiritual thing. It can be a visually pleasing and meditatively relaxing geometric design. Crochet mandalas appeal to me because of their natural aesthetic appeal that is enhanced with the lovely color and texture of crochet work. Not sure about it? 1. photo via CRAFT Learn more about Xenobia Bailey’s crochet art 2. Tapestry crochet expert Carol Ventura has a nice article about Stacey Glasgow. 3. 4. Crochet with Raymond has a free crochet mandala pattern for you. 5. Overlay crochet is something that I want to learn. 6. This one is a crochet pattern available on Etsy, sold by bysol. 7. OliviaRoyale sells a variety of chic colorful earrings including these mandala hoops. 8. I adore the color choices on this one by Ramchix. 9. This comes from a Spanish site: La Boutique de Alta Moda en Crochet. 10. What are your thoughts on mandala crochet?

Yarn Bombing Wikipedia describes yarn bombing as "a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk." Knitted, crocheted or woven pieces are sewn around inanimate public objects such as bike racks, light poles, telephone boxes and abandoned buses. The purpose is to bring some beauty and wonder into otherwise drab and everyday surroundings. For more information, check a blog devoted to yarn bombing.

Twilight Taggers: How To Yarn Bomb I get asked all the time "How do you yarn bomb exactly?" So here's a How To guide on yarn bombing. This is just from my personal experience. Start with something small like a small pole piece or a granny square and then you'd be done in no time and won't be discouraged with such a large time consuming project. 2. 4. If using only sewing, you run the risk of the piece not staying tied securely to the object. Sewing a tag onto a horizontal object like a banister is fine as it will generally stay well. 8. 9. More helpful links:What You'll Need To Take When Yarn Bombing Things To Remember About Yarn BombingIdeas For Yarn Bombs To Make Luv Bali. P.S. Two ways of making woolly pompoms | the Little Koo blog When I was younger and a family member or friend was expecting a baby, my Mum would encourage me and my brother to make pompoms for the new baby. So it seemed only right that I would make a few for my own twins who are due any day! I have found 2 ways of making pompoms, which I will call the ‘traditional’ way and the ‘quick’ way. Let’s start with the traditional way. For this you will need: Wool (any type, in 1 or more colours)Card (I used a piece of a cardboard box)Scissors Cut out two circles the same size from the card. Cut your wool into manageable lengths and wrap into spools (pictured above). Put your two card rings together and start wrapping the wool round. When you are wrapping, pull the wool fairly tight. Start the next spool of wool next to where you left off. Once you’ve gone all the way round the card ring once, start another layer on top of the previous one. Keep going until the hole in the middle of the ring becomes very small! Now for the fun part! Go all the way round.

Recycle Tutorial: Woven Rag Rug | Thank you for all the great feedback for liking my Braided Rag Rug. I understand that not everyone has a sewing machine or/and able to sew, so I created this no-sew version for the non-sewer who like to recycle their bed sheets or de-stash their fabrics to make this feet cozy Woven Rag Rug. This tutorial doesn’t require any loom for weaving; just use a sturdy corrugated carton box from your recycle pile. I hope everyone can do their part on greening the Earth again and reduce the rubbish that loaded the landfill. By the way, I gave the braided rag rug to my mum and she loves it so much, she is going to dig more old bed sheets out from her storage, which means I will have another bunch of supply to recycle. {Get full details on next page.} Pages: 1 2 Get all updates via email: Highlights from Our Partners

Finger Knitting How-to You know how I just wrote about how I like getting a handmade gift more than just about anything. Well, this is anything. Sitting on the couch on a lazy Sunday, knitting with my kids . . . that beats gift-getting for sure. It is a gift itself. The two kiddos are finger-knitting, which I’ve written about before and again, but it continues to be a favorite activity. You end up with a long coil of knitting like this, that curls itself into a sort of tube. My son is using a finer and less expensive yarn, here. They really do enjoy the process. Some day, I’ll make a coiled rug from the pieces. **UPDATE: So many people have asked me for a PDF of the below how-to so they can take the directions on the road for their kiddos. Materials: Any yarn An eager kiddo Time: However long you want! I think that super-bulky yarn is a good weight to start with. Start by placing the yarn in between your thumb and hand, such that the tail hangs behind your hand. Next, bring the yarn around your index finger.

Pompoms! I saw some pompoms on Pinterest the other day and it reminded me to make some with my boys (and my niece and nephew). They all l-o-v-e-d it! I had fun too. Reminded me of making them with my Mum when I was little! Pompom Inspiration – – – – – – – – – – – – – – // Neon pompoms as wall decorations. // Pompom jewellery (the third from bottom is my favourite…love those colours). // Pompom garland from etsy seller Depeapa. // Miniature pompoms made with forks. I’m sure there are a gazillion pompom tutorials out there…and you can probably make them in your sleep…but if you need a quick reminder, here’s how: You will need – – – – – – – – // Scrap card // Wool // Scissors 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Yarn Bombing: 10 of the Most Brilliant Yarn-Bombs Ever - The Chromologist The problem with regular paint based graffiti or street art is that it very often needs to be painted over afterwards or, in the case of Banksy, the whole section of wall removed and wheeled off to the auction house. Enter yarn bombing / graffiti knitting / guerilla knitting. This form of street art is far less permanent through it’s use of colourful yarn or fibre, although it’s still technically illegal in some places. The results can be beautiful, transforming regular objects like trees, cars, steps or even buildings from dull to delightful. In London, the mysterious organisation ‘Knit The City‘ arrange covert kitting operations, jumping out into the street from their headquarters and enveloping telephone boxes and other publicly accessible object with bright yarn. Lauren O’Farrell (Deadly Knitshade) heads up Knit The City (as well as the crafty Stitch London). The queen of crochet however has to be Magda Sayeg, winner of Design Milk’s ‘the Modern Craft Project’ competition. 1. 2. 3.