New to weaving? Lucy Davidson of Peas and Needles shares her top five tips to get you started.
Pick up your loom (or make one – Lucy tells you how!), grab your yarn and get a comfortable seat. We’re about to get started with weaving.
1. Take your time and relax
Weaving is meant to be relaxing and therapeutic, and weavers need to be calm when they’re practising their craft. You can tell if people are stressed during weaving as their work becomes too tight, which changes the shape of the weave. Relax those shoulders when you craft! You’ll be surprised by what a difference this makes.
2. If you don’t have a loom, make your own
It’s easy to make your own loom — all you need is a picture frame, some nails and a hammer. Mark out where to put your nails on opposite ends of your frame. These will need to be about 1cm apart. Make sure the opposite side is exactly the same, and hammer the nails in so the top of the nail is poking out. Warp your threads around the nails, exactly the same as you would on a normal loom.
3. Weave with roving
I like to create a lot of texture when I’m weaving and the best way to do this is with roving (the fluffy stuff that gets spun into wool). This material is amazing to work with and so flexible. You will come away with some beautiful fluffy weaves.
4. Warp up an even amount of threads
This will help when you are creating rya knots (tassels) because each one you will need two warp threads. Having an even amount of warp threads — the vertical thread you weave on to — will help enormously when you come to take your weave off the loom and tie it to your piece of doweling. You won’t be left with any stray warp threads.
5. Go to a workshop
If you get stuck and are unsure how to progress, why not pop along to a weaving workshop and learn all the skills you need? There are many across the UK, and I hold some workshops myself.
New year, new skill
This week we’re bringing you five sets of craft tips, with a new themed article released every day from Monday 22nd-Friday 26th January. Check out 7 crochet tips for beginners, 5 brush lettering tips for beginners and 5 macramé tips for beginners. Keep an eye on the website to see what other craft tips we’ve got to share with you for the final day of the series.
Lucy spends her days playing with colour and texture, creating beautiful weaves and decorative wonders. When she isn’t crafting, she’s teaching others to and can be found passing on her skills in workshops across the UK. You can find out more on her craft and lifestyle blog, Peas and Needles.
All images by Lucy Davidson.