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!
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!
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:
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!