Thursday, April 11, 2013

Freeing up my warped view... Using your scraps of fabric, yarn and paper, Part 2

Finished the First Weaving Project!
There are 3 types of crafters:

Those that jump in and read the directions afterwards,
Those that read the directions as they go along,
Those that read them all the way through prior to starting the project.

Unlike my typical software and sewing projects, I must have read the directions a dozen times before I felt ready to remove my woven scarf from the loom.  For those who have yet to conquer this step for the first time, it felt like excitement, anticipation and a little nerve racking voice saying, "I hope you like it because there is no going back!"

Always take pictures of your projects and the steps along the way. 

Keep a project notebook with a copy of the pattern, picture of project and steps plus materials used.

Read directions several times so that you truly understand the steps prior to doing them.  

If a step is repetitious and you want to relax, sometimes having a change of venue is the ticket to enjoying the moment.

I chose to do the freeing of the scarf and finishing steps in front of the TV watching Fringe on Amazon Prime. The only thing in common with the show and the scarf is the word Fringe.  Love them both!  The show distracted me enough to be relaxed as I cut the project from the loom and tied the ends according to the directions.  Having read the directions more times than needed, I knew the steps by heart.

Some valuable tips that I highlighted in the directions: 

  • Give yourself plenty of "free yarn" at the end of the loom because this will ultimately effect the length of your fringe.  You can always make the scarf fringe shorter, but you can't add back length. 
  • Use a bright color yarn, not used in the actual weaving of your project, to create the headers. The header is basically a scrap yarn you weave in at the beginning and end of your project to create the correct spacing. Mine was bright orange.

This is the same loom I used, "The type of yarn makes the presentation!" 

It takes a moment of bravery to cut
the warp from the loom...

Out of all the tips I learned, changing yarns mid row or simply an inch and half in, really did the trick.  The same tip holds true in knitting.  You can use a large tapestry needle to weave in the tail, or in my case, I simply wove the tail in when I did the next row, which is explained in the directions.

It takes practice like anything else to achieve really good results but like all handmade items, imperfections are just trademarks of uniqueness. 

Having developed a sense of how some of the fun yarns behave with regular worsted, it is time to add try out ribbons and paper. If you are on Facebook, I would love to see what you have done with your looms on the CookiesCreationsWebsite FanPage!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so enjoying this part of your blog, just so inspiring.