Weaving on CDs was such a big hit during my demo at the craft gallery this spring, I had to share the idea with the Crochet Corner ladies!
I was especially pleased to see 98 year-old M enjoying herself with this little project
as she usually sticks with rolling balls of yarn. Here she unravels a sportweight cashmere sweater that I found at a thrift.
Seeing this photo reminds me. . . I promised to weave a cashmere shawl for M and a scarf for her grand-daughter. I’d better get to it! As you can see, M is already sporting a sweater vest. It’ll be shawl season before we know it.
A few of the ladies have been weaving on a little larger diameter of circular loom, which I create from plastic picnic plates, by cutting an odd number of slits around the rim.
We use wooden weaving “needles” that I made from tongue depressors. After a little sanding, they work very well!
This is the sample I briefly showed to give the ladies some idea of what they could expect of their lowly plastic plate looms.
I had thought, being made of plastic plates and acrylic yarns, these weavings could decorate the patio area right outside the Rec Room but the ladies seem to consider them too precious to be exposed to a harsh New England winter. – smile –
Here’s B’s work-in-progress.
She’d like to add some beads. I’ll dig around at home but I think all I have are pony, Perler, and tiny seed beads. I’m hoping Sal’s will come to my rescue.
M3 is about to begin her first mug rug.
While almost everyone has at least given weaving on the floor loom a try, only S is sticking with it. Progress is slow as each step in the weaving process takes deliberate thought and leg muscles soon grow tired of operating the loom’s treadles. To sneakily speed things along I add a black stripe at the end of each session.
I took this photo back when the weaving reached 36″ in length. Yay!
We’re nearing the end now. While S seems content with the idea of it decorating the patio fence, Ellen keeps talking about where in the Rec Room it might hang, again reflecting the notion that handweavings are too precious to go outdoors. – smile –
It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten what length of warp I put on the loom and that satin measuring ribbon got wound around the front beam along with the woven cloth months ago. – lol – Maybe there will be enough fabric to make banners for both fence and Rec Room!