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In this craft video Cheri shows us how to create a weaved wall hanging, part 1/3.
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We’re going to do a weaving and I'm going to take you through the process step by step from the beginning where we actually make the loom to the very end when we take it off the loom and to prepare it for display.
So were going to go ahead and get started and what you're going to need is a piece of cardboard, a ruler, a pencil, a scissors and you're going to need lots of yarn or scraps of fabric for the weaving. You need some of heavy string to make the warp for the loom. And you need a needle which makes a lot easier to go over, under, over, under. And you want a needle that has a fairly large eye in it. Probably, the one that mom use for needle pointing. So that you would yarn actually fix through the eye of the needle.
Were going to make a little miniature weaving here were not going to do a really big one like this but certainly at home you can do any size weaving that you want. What we are going to do is prepare the loom. This piece of cardboard is going to be our loom this string is going to be the warp strings and then all these variety of yarn is going to become the actual weaving. So first thing I do is I just draw a line that is parallel to the top of the piece of cardboard and one that is parallel to the other side, okay.
And then what I'm going to be doing is cutting this little notches they go all the way across the loom. Now, if you want to do a bigger loom and in the craft stores you can actually buy ones that are pretty notch for you and all you have to do is knot your string and you just pull them down in the notch and then you would start a warping your loom. But if you don’t want to spend the money on that its really easy you just need a piece of cardboard and you're going to cut your own notches.
Okay, now I think what I want to do is make certain—I'm just going to pencil them in so that I make the same amount of notches on both sides and then I’ll just count them in try and space some. So, I'm just kind of eyeball this and lined up the notches and honestly if they're not perfectly spaced it’s not that big of the deal because the overall look of the weaving really wont be altered, okay. Now they're lined up, this line that I drew across this way is what I refer to is the stop line okay. Because you're going to cut and you're going to stop your scissors at that line. Okay, so you’re cutting right up to that line and we were just going to cut all these designs, this are notches, okay.
There we go. So now we’ve got our loom ready and we are going to go ahead and warp the loop with this string. I just happen to have green, you can use white you could even do your warp with yarn if you want to. The string is less likely to stretch out too much because as you weaved in and out over and under and over and under. Your warp is going to get a little stretch out of shape. But not that much and I just tie several knots on there and collect down in the notch and then pull it forward like this.
I just wrap them all the way around the loom so that when I take this off the loom I just cut across the back and I can tie on my warp strings together at the top and then I’ll have extra hanging at the bottom and extra at the top if you actually want it there. You know and even the warp strings and you can tie them like beads on here if you want to. So I like the option of having a long warp strings in the back to play with when the weaving is actually finished.
Okay, so you want to make sure it’s tight but not so tight that the cardboard actually starts to go and you want to make certain at each time you pull a string all the way down into the notch. Now, if ever you have a problem where your string breaks in the middle of warping do you have some options. You can go ahead and just you know tie a knot and just tie another piece of string onto it tie a know and keep warping, because the know its going to get weaving in to the body of the weaving. Eventually, or if you haven’t gotten that far you can just go ahead and then start again.
And I liked to cut an extra long piece here, incase I need it later and I tie a knot right up to the cardboard. Actually, I tie several so that this doesn’t come undone at a later point. Okay, and if you want to you just kind of put the extra tail out of your way. Okay, so next step is to pick a color scheme, there are lot of things you can weaved yarn, you can weaved ribbons, you can weaved pipe cleaner if you want, you can weaved strips of fabric that you may have leftover from something and you just cut strips. So there are lot of different things you can put into your weavings if you want to.
I have some yarn here and it’s a relatively the textured yarn and I think what I'm going to do is just choose some of these colors and we are going to begin to weaved. Now you don’t want to tremendously long piece because it can get tangled fairly easily. So the idea of weaving is to go over one string under the maxed over, under, over, under, over, under. All the way across and then you do the opposite on the next row. And then when you get to the end of this row you do the opposite of what you just did on the row that you completed okay so here’s a demonstration.
It’s easier to weave towards the center here, because you can always push this up towards the top okay. All right now, I ended by going over this last string so to start this next row I have to under then over then under then over. You can actually tell—because the strings the warps strings actually every other one is going to be raised higher than the one next to it. So you’ll actually be able to see which ones were going need to be gone under.
Now one thing you need to be very not aware off are your ends here, okay. If you start pulling this really tight this is what happens to your weaving you start to get an hour glass effect and your weaving is not going to be straight up and down like this, its going to come in all different ways. So you always have to make certain that you leave these ends loose. So that you get a nice even edge and you always want to keep going back and checking these the sides. So now, this one ended on an over so now I go under, over, under, over, under, over, under, over.
Okay, and I pull that a little too tight so I have loosen it up there we go and we ended on an over so we’d make the turn on an under.