Archive for the ‘Weaving’ Category

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Project 24: I made fabric! and Lessons learned

July 3, 2011

Case closed

The coolest thing about weaving is that when you’re done you have fabric which you can then make into anything you want. I finished my weaving this afternoon and quickly sewed it up into this awesome hand-woven case for my new phone.

Check it out:

Case open

Isn’t it cute? It’s like a little 70’s sweater for my Android.

Lessons learned:
– I can accomplish nothing when I’m sick. Stupid sinus infection.
– I am not a perfectionist and that is ok.
– This project reminded me of my parents the whole time I was doing it and I don’t know why.
– There is nothing like waning afternoon light to get me over my procrastination so I can take photos.
– Weaving is fun!

I am quite pleased with my first weaving project. I love when these projects can be made into something useful.

I’ll be taking tomorrow off to celebrate the 4th of July, but check back Tuesday for a brand new craft project!

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Project 25: Still weaving

July 1, 2011

I’m still furiously weaving and hope to have this project finished before the end of the weekend. Check back!

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Project 24: Progress

June 30, 2011

Weaving with kitten

Weaving is kind of fun. Once I got past the fact that, no matter how hard I tried, I could not keep the rows from pulling in on the sides I felt a lot better. I also had a bit of a problem with a pattern I was trying to weave in the red block above. But all in all, weaving is kind of fun. Even the kitten thinks so.

I’m making good progress and expect to have the whole project completed by the end of the week. Today I’m hoping to take it on a road trip, so we’ll see how well it works in the car. Check back tomorrow for a finished project!

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Project 24: Warping

June 28, 2011

Cardboard loom

This is the first time in history that my to do list has ever included the instruction: warp loom. The good thing about using a cardboard loom is that you can be set up and weaving in a matter of minutes. The bad thing about it is that you quickly realize that life would be easier with the right tools. I’m committed to using this loom for this week’s project, but if I decide to weave again in the future I may set myself up a backstrap loom. It looks complicated, but I bet it’s great fun to use.

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Project 24: Weaving

June 27, 2011

Photo by Laverne at weavingtoday.com

One of the awesome groups I saw at MakerFaire:NC was Durham String Thing. They were out with a few looms for people to try. I had already been considering doing a weaving project for this blog, so seeing and talking to these folks really inspired me to move it to the top of the list.

I’m going to start with a simple cardboard loom but I’ll introduce you to a couple of other options that look fun to me. Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have a functional fabric item that I made myself!

Photo by Laverne