Weaving month: introducing Sarah from Squid Ink Co

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Welcome to the Cosy Craft Club's weaving month! We really want to encourage you to have a go at weaving yourself, and we'll be sharing the key things you need to know to get started. You can find all our weaving posts in one place here.

This month’s Cosy Craft Club subscription kits are loom weaving kits from Squid Ink Co. They have everything you need to try weaving for yourself and are really lovely to look at and use. We thought you might like to meet Sarah, the lovely lady behind the kits, so here she is…

Would you like to introduce yourself?

Hello, I'm Sarah + I am the founder of Squid Ink Co. a small contemporary craft business based in Glasgow. From our chilly but sunny studio, we create beautifully packaged weaving kits, alongside other handmade products. We have been going since 2013, and have collaborated with some incredible companies over the years including Anthropologie + Tate.

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How did you get into weaving?

My mother had been a weaver in her youth, and bought me a loom for Christmas one year as I was a serial crafter! I warped up, started with a few rows of weaving and I was hooked!

What do you enjoy about it?

The rhythm of the shuttle moving back & forth, playing with colour, and the therapeutic nature of using your hands to create something personal to you.

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What kind of things can you use weaving for?

Weaving is such a versatile craft, you can use your woven pieces to create wall hangings, placemats, coasters, bookmarks, purses, for feature panels on clothing. If you have kids they love using them for rugs or blankets for toys.

Where do you like to go online for weaving inspiration?

The Weaving Loom is an incredible website with step by step tutorials and lots of ideas to get you inspired. Also Pinterest & Instagram are full of beautiful wall hanging ideas.

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What do you need to look for when buying weaving supplies?

Weaving doesn't need to be expensive, so it can be accessible to everyone. You don't need to buy the finest wool or expensive weaving tools; for example you can find amazing wool in charity shops to create work with.

What suppliers would you recommend to someone starting out in weaving?

Etsy is an amazing one stop shop for weaving supplies! From tools to wools, you can find everything you need, and most of the products will be from independent businesses.

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What are your top tips for someone who is starting to learn weaving?

Don't put pressure on yourself! A lot of people see incredible wall hanging images online and strive to create one, and after a few rows of their first weave can get a little frustrated! I recommend using your first weave as an experimentation of colour and texture and learning the basic skills, rather than aiming for a beautifully finished piece!

What is the most common mistake you see people who are starting out with weaving make?

Too big too soon! A lot of people who want to try there hand at weaving automatically buy a large loom and want to create big pieces, but will tend to find it very overwhelming and time consuming. These smaller looms are perfect for beginners to get the technique and skills to then create larger pieces in the future.

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What questions do you get asked most frequently about weaving?

The skill levels involved; I believe that this loom is perfect for beginners, whether they are children or adults. A lot of people also have a preconception that you need to be a skilled knitter, crocheter, embroiderer etc. to be able to weave which is not true! I am terrible at all of those things but find weaving a completely different skill.

If someone tried weaving and quite enjoyed it, what would you recommend as the next steps for them?

Consider investing in a bigger loom, or create your own at home using a picture frame! Then learn some different stitches using online tutorials, and try experimenting with different materials: raffia, strips of material, leather, beads, roving etc.

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Why do you love to craft?

Since I was small I have always been hugely interested in craft, drawing, textiles, and working with my hands. I think it's really important to have a creative outlet whether that's knitting, or painting, or yoga; putting down your phone and turning off the TV and just concentrating on something mindful is very important.

Wow, thanks so much Sarah! So lovely to get to know you a little and get your insights into the world of weaving! Take a look at Squid Ink Co on Instagram to see more of Sarah’s work and show her some love :)

And if you like the look of our Squid Ink Co kits, head on over to our shop to buy one for yourself!

Rachel x