Hand Weaving: a newfound love

This is the third wall hanging I created. It's a gift for a friend's baby girl who is due to arrive in a few months.

This is the third wall hanging I’ve created. Soon to be hanging in a sweet baby girl’s nursery.

Don’t get me wrong, embroidery is still a lovely pastime and I plan on racing back and forth between the two, but OMG WEAVING. It is all I want to do right now. SO therapeutic and SO many options! I love the use of color and texture. I love that I have a reason to go to Purl Soho in my dreams the future even though I don’t knit!

I love how the sky really is the limit with weaving….there are no rules and so much freedom to express different styles. I cannot wait to offer these woven wall hangings along with embroidered hoops when I reopen shop in a handful of weeks.

I still have a lot to learn, still don’t feel confident to do much more than horizontal lines, and still get frustrated when I don’t get it right the first time. There are some awesome tutorials out there that have helped me out immensely if you’re wanting to start yourself.

I purchased my frame loom from Loom & Spindle in Australia. They also have amazing tutorials to get you started. My loom came with a few tools and a short weaving guide.

I used this weaving class from A Beautiful Mess as well as this awesome post from Honestly WTF to get rolling. I’m sure there are countless other helpful tools out there to learn this super fun trade, but I’m still a newbie and still tied to learning only during nap time or when my husband doesn’t mind me drifting off into weaving space while we binge watch The Office.

Try it. You’ll love it. I promise. It’s like those braided friendship bracelets in elementary school that you couldn’t get enough of!

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