1. It’s easy to get going
If taking up a new craft feels daunting, it’ll be made all the more easy by having a group of friends around. Everyone, including beginners, can help each other along. The only materials you’ll need are: a loom, thin cotton for the warp, a variety of yarn, ribbons and rovings, and your dowel or stick for hanging the finish weaving on. (Wine optional.)
4. Perfect for using up leftovers
You can add anything you want to your weave: ribbons, pom-poms, gems, sequins, tassels and more. It can also be a simple way of utilising odds and ends of yarn that you have lying about from your last big knit. Choose bold colours and fun combinations for designs that’ll stand out.
5. You can share resources
If everyone’s bringing their own yarn and trimmings, it can be fun to swap and trade your favourite embellishments to suit the weaving you’re working on.
6. Get inspired by other makes
When you’re weaving with friends, you’re certain to be surrounded by inspiration! As well as sharing resources, you can share ideas – and bounce your own bright ideas off everyone else. Should you add another pom-pom? (Yes!) Should you change up your yarn colours? (Yes!) Will the answer always be yes? (Yes!)
7. Try things out, you can always undo
This is the perfect craft if you’re afraid of commitment. Try it, review and undo if you want to.
8. Relax and have a chat as you make!
Once you’re into the swing of things, you can relax as you weave. Have a chat, have a drink and catch up with friends. It’ll be a prime opportunity to find out who’s up to speed on the latest Netflix series, or share any big life events. Even as the evening unravels, your weaving won’t. It’s the perfect way to unwind in good company.
10. The finished result makes a great gift
At the end of the night, you’ll have a custom-designed wall hanging to brighten up your home. You could even give it as a gift and brighten someone else’s day. Simply lift your weaving from the loom to add the dowel and tie off the bottom to finish.