I have been wanting to try weaving for a really long time, I have a couple weaving looms that my mother-in-law lent me but I haven’t gotten around to figuring out how to use them. They are ridged heddle looms and I’m intimidated by them. Instead I decided to try out circular weaving which was really simple once I figured out some kinks.
Pam from Gingerbread and Snowflakes had a post I had previously pinned, but unfortunately her site is currently down. But through the power of Instagram, she helped talk me through troubleshooting how to do the weaving.
I came across some tutorials online where they wrapped one long continuous thread to make the initial weaving spokes. I couldn’t get this to work out, so I wanted tie each one individually. The one thing about circular weaving though, you need an odd number of threads, so you will need to push two of them together to achieve this.
Getting started was the trickiest part. I probably shouldn’t have used an off-white twine, it’s very obvious in the center. I think next time I will use a color that matches better. All you have to do is just take your needle and weave it over and under the threads, alternating every time.
I used a 5″ embroidery hoop and it worked up very quickly, especially when I combined multiple colors. When I wanted to move onto another color I knotted the next piece of twine to the existing piece. Sometimes I would use two or even three strands. This added a really neat dimension of color to the weaving.
I do wish I had managed to get my spokes centered before I began, then I could have worked more closely to the edge. All in all though, I really love how this turned out! It was a really fun and relaxing project and has made me excited about tackling the big looms.