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How to Experiment with Weaving
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How to Experiment with Weaving

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £30+
Time 1/2 day +
Want to give weaving a go but not sure how to get started? Gemma Winter from @itstartedwithastitch had a go with the Martha Stewart Crafts Weaver Starter Kit. Find out a bit more about her below and how she got on. I'm Gemma - the brains & hands behind It Started With a Stitch. My main love is hand embroidery, yet recently I’ve been distracted by pom poms & crochet! My work is now stocked in Emporium 53 in Cleethorpes, where myself & 18 other local makers and artists sell our lovely stuff! I’ve been crafting since I was about 5. The first things I remember making were a French knitted fish picture with a sequinned eye and a brown felt cat hand puppet! I have the attention span of a gnat, so love to dabble and experiment with lots of different crafts! 

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Getting Inspired!: Weaving is one of those things that we all did at school – with pieces of bendy cardboard with triangles snipped out along the top and bottom, with some black thread wrapped around the points to give us a loom.

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To me, it’s one of ‘those crafts’ a bit like crochet – which I love -that can be portrayed or remembered as being naff, but is totally enjoying a funky and beautiful resurgence as a very technical and skilled art form.

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As an avid Instagram and Pinterest user, there’s a wealth of inspiration out there to coo over. I particularly like tasseled, fringed, and pompom adorned wonders.

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Imagine my excitement when my Martha Stewart Weaving Starter Kit arrived! Instead of using traditional roving, I decided instead to select some of the chunky yarns that Hobbycraft stock and picked colours to match my newly decorated (pink) lounge!

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The yarns varied from Hobbycraft Funky Chunky, to the Octopus looking bundle of Sirdar Kitsch Gorgeous Ultra Super Chunky.

Getting Started:

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The loom is made like a pegboard so it’s so easy to set up, and it comes with full instructions plus a link too. It is possible to visit YouTube for more tutorials as well, which is very handy! I was set up in no time with the pegs, as they were really easy to pop into place, and I picked a natural looking cotton yarn for my warp thread.

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I had high hopes for my first attempt, and went for as big a weave as would fit on the loom, which made for a great practice piece with lots of space to try different techniques and effects. I even bobbed in a double row soumak (google it – it’s worth it).

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My favourite part of the weaves that I made was definitely the fringing – it really does make a difference, and adds a beautiful texture to the finished piece.

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All I need now is the perfect piece of wood to hang them from, and living near the sea, I’m thinking driftwood!

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PS.. Because the loom is essentially a pegboard, you can make shaped weaves – love hearts, circles and so on – so this kit feels like a total game changer – I just need to decide what shape to try first!

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Happy Weaving!

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