I think the title says it all, but I am truly madly deeply in love with weaving (but not that Savage Garden song. Okay, maybe a little). I’ve been weaving like nobody’s business. I even signed myself up for a weaving challenge on Instagram (follow The Weaving Kind on Instagram if you want to participate. Or just follow them, they post beautiful weavings).
When I first started knitting, I really loved chunky yarns and pretty much wanted to buy them all. But I’m not so much in to knitted things using chunky yarns. I mean, I do like them, but I definitely prefer little dainty stitches. Anyway, I’ve discovered that I love love love weaving using chunky yarns. And even more, I love throwing in really, really chunky roving to add some textural interest. Anyway, I thought I would share my most recent weaving, which I am absolutely over the moon about – it is hands down my favorite weaving to date.
This one was woven using an extremely chunky yarn (same used for fringe) and then natural undyed roving of the exact same color. The funnest part was twisting and pulling the roving to give it that cloud look. And this weaving is so unbelievably soft. Clearly I am most drawn to natural colors for my weavings, but I have been doing some experimenting with more colorful weavings (I’ll share those another time). I’m pretty much counting down the minutes until I can start another weaving.
Speaking of challenges, the fabric for my April/May Wardrobe Architect Challenge should arrive this week. Yes, I haven’t even started that project yet. I’m excited to get back to my sewing machine for a me-project, but I do wish I were an octopus that could sew, knit, and weave at the same time. And a clone for gardening? That would work!
So a few weeks back I wrote about making my first wee wall weaving. Since then, I have been weaving every chance I get. I made several more of the wee weavings (follow me on instagram if you want to see all my weavings), but I also started my first large weaving. I had considered purchasing another peg loom, but I instead decided to try out Loom & Spindle’s “small” loom (which I love! I just need to play with it a bit more). When I say small, it is actually very large compared to my mini peg loom. But of course, in comparison to some of the mega looms I’ve seen, this one is actually small-ish.
Making a larger weaving is much more time consuming, of course, but I also think it requires a lot more planning. With the wee weavings, I felt like I could just wing it and not have to do too much planning. With the larger weaving, you need to think about how much wool you’ll need, what sort of pattern you want to do, and so on. I’m really glad that I started out on the smaller weavings though because it allowed me to experiment and not feel bad if something didn’t turn out exactly the way I had hoped it would.
Selecting colors is the most difficult part for me. Naturally, I lean towards neutrals. So I decided to embrace my neutral tenancies for this first large weaving, choosing cream and greyish/brown. One thing I love about weaving is that it gives me a chance to use wool that is maybe a bit too scratchy for apparel, so most of what I use is that type of wool. I also stumbled upon some beautiful brown roving while I was at an out of town yarn shop, so I included some of that in my weaving for a pop of texture.
I am actually surprised at how much I am loving weaving. But, I do get obsessed with things that I instantly love (sewing, knitting, gardening), so I shouldn’t be surprised. Regardless, I’m finding myself thinking about weaving when I’m not doing it, and coming up with ways that I can sneak a little weaving in here and there between other projects.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about learning to weave and venturing in to other fiber arts that I wouldn’t have even dreamed about a year or so ago. I recently acquired an Inkle loom from my Mom who had an extra one on hand and I’m excited to give it a try. I would be grateful for any advice from those who have “inkled” – I discovered there is a fiber arts shop not too far from me (but out of town), so I’m going to venture there in the next few weeks and hope that they have a class. I’m also considering taking a yarn spinning class sometime in the next year thanks to a few instagram accounts that I follow – and it also turns out the agricultural college about an hour outside of town offers spinning courses. Who knows, maybe in a few years I’ll be spinning my own yarn. Now just imagine if I had my own sheep!