Weaving Ventures

  Weaving Ventures

Knitting and crochet will always hold a special place in my heart, but these days I'm really excited about weaving. The artistic and creative possibilities are so much wider - there's a lot more room for going a little crazy and trying something bright and colorful and unusual. I think it's good for my own creativity, too - it's like sitting down with finger paints or something. It doesn't have the uniformity of crochet or knitting, but rather a blank 'canvas' for creating textile art. Honestly, textile wall art is one of my favorite things to make, and when I learned how to weave for real, the textile world opened up! I learned how to prep my own frame and weave a few special patterns, and I was hooked. I even learned how to change color, add tassels, and create patterns!

Weaving Ventures

The tutorials I found on A Beautiful Mess and Honestly WTF were particularly helpful. From Honestly WTF, I learned how to use a thrifted picture frame to create my warp, with dowels from the craft store and scrap yarn I picked up at Goodwill and used from my own scrap stash. From A Beautiful Mess, I learned how to start creating designs and shapes - photos coming soon from those attempts!

Weaving Ventures

And finally the round weavings - I just just just started this one, and I'm already excited about where it's going. Thanks to The Weaving Loom, I can now prep an embroidery hoop for circular weaving! The possibilities for this are so exciting. Just look at this blank canvas:

Weaving Ventures

Mmmm. Can't wait to fill it with shades of black and gray and white. Not gonna lie - weaving is a bit more time-consuming than knitting or crochet, but I love that I've learned a new technique that I can use to create new projects, use up scrap yarn, and teach to others! Hope you enjoyed this peek into my current weaving ventures - I'll post more finished projects later!

 

Easy Faux Yarn Ball Tutorial

  Easy Faux Yarn Ball Tutorial

Make your own mini yarn balls with scrap yarn! As you may know, I'm currently looking for cool ways to use up my scrap yarn - ways that aren't stupid or wasteful. This may fall somewhere in between, actually, but that's okay. Pile them in a pretty bowl or tin, string them on twine, or hang them from a mobile for cool yarn artwork.

You'll need: -Mini styrofoam balls -Scrap yarn -Glue gun

Easy Faux Yarn Ball Tutorial

 

Glue the end of your first yarn color to a styrofoam ball. Begin wrapping the yarn around the ball carefully, not too tightly, but not so loosely it looks bunchy and awkward.

Easy Faux Yarn Ball Tutorial

Easy Faux Yarn Ball Tutorial

Make sure to add little dots of glue every now and then to secure the yarn. Keep wrapping until the styrofoam ball is covered, and continue to wrap until the ball is as large as you want it.

Easy Faux Yarn Ball Tutorial Easy Faux Yarn Ball Tutorial

To finish off, snip the yarn and secure it with a small dot of glue.

My yarn balls were all different sizes - mostly dependent on the amount of scrap yarn I actually had. My plan now is to either try hanging them from a dowel in different lengths and hang the dowel from the ceiling somewhere (photos coming soon if I do go that route!) or piling them in a vintage tin or bowl for crafty cuteness. I used the tiny styrofoam balls you can get (about 1.5" in diameter, I'd say), but if you don't have much yarn but want bigger yarn balls, get the bigger styrofoam balls! Or you could wrap those foam triangles in yarn for a crafty bit of yarny decor, or wrap one of those foam wreath forms, too. The possibilities are pretty vast. Have fun! As always, show me what you made!

Looking for more scrap yarn inspiration? Check out my Colorful Crochet Bunting - an easy pattern you can follow to crochet your own bunting triangles.