Sunday, May 26, 2013

Other easy weaving

I was at the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta the other day and my kids discovered a really fun weaving/braiding activity. It is called Kumihimo or Japanese braiding. These are a great way to use up yarn scraps. Here are two results

These were made by a nine year old. Even the lower braid is very easy. It is a lot of fun. You can make your loom using foam or very sturdy cardboard. My disc is 3.5 inches in diameter. The nicks are 3/8 inches apart. There are 32 of them. While the number is not important we found it helpful to stay on track.

The upper braid is called fill the Fill The Gap. It is even easier. Here is a picture of the instructions

 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sample of weaving with T shirt yarn

Weaving with T shirt yarn was interesting. I ended up using every other loop on the tri loom. I also did not do the standard crochet bind off across the top. When I tried the crochet bind off my piece ended bunching up so it was easier not to do this and it looked better also. I played with a knitted on border around the entire piece... Here is what my test piece looked like:

As you can see I got mixed up with my right side and wrong side. Which is why there is a stripe across the top... Since this was just a sample..I figure no big deal.