Weaving month: our weaving kits
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.
At the Cosy Craft Club we send our subscribers a kit with everything they need to try a different craft each month. This month, it's a weaving kit!
Our weaving loom kits have been produced with love by Sarah from Squid Ink Co. They are perfect for beginners and intermediates, and contain all the materials needed to make your own woven wall hanging. The kits are presented in this lovely (and useful) bag.
Inside the bag are lots of goodies: a wooden loom, 2 x wooden shuttles, a wooden comb + 5 balls of mixed wools in neutral tones. Sarah has also written some fantastic instructions which really clearly show you how to get started. I've also added a wooden dowel to the kits (not pictured) for you to hang your finished wall hanging on.
Once you've got everything out, you can get started. The first step is to warp up the loom, which means attaching the metal rods to the loom and winding the cotton around the teeth at the top and bottom of the loom. This gives you a frame to weave your wool in and out of.
Now for the fun bit: the actual weaving! You can use your creativity as much as you like here, with the shapes, colour combinations and stitches you use. I have to admit I found it a bit daunting at first, but then I remembered Sarah's words: " use your first weave as an experimentation of colour and texture and learn the basic skills." This is great advice to anyone trying a new craft - you just have to have a try and learn as you go. You don't have to create the most beautiful masterpiece first time.
I decided to keep my design fairly simple, but try to include as many elements as I could. I started with the fringing, which was really fun (note: remember to do a few lines of weaving underneath your fringes, otherwise the bottom of your wall hanging won't hold together).
As I worked up the loom, I loved how calming and therapeutic weaving is. It doesn't require a lot of brain power (apart from the bit where I decided to do chevron stitch!), and it's very satisfying seeing the rows come together relatively quickly. One tip I was careful to remember is to not pull your wool too tightly, otherwise when you take it off the loom it will bow in the middle. I also found it easier at times to use a tapestry needle, rather than the shuttles that were included with the kit.
I wanted to challenge myself a little, so I added in a couple of stitches that weren't in the instructions: chevron and soumak - I learned how to do them from The Weaving Loom (a great resource that I'll talk about in another post).
And here is the finished piece! I have to admit, I'm a little bit in love with it!
This kit is perfect for anyone who wants to spend a few hours doing something very relaxing and rewarding. It's a craft that you can easily put down and pick up again when you have time. And the wool that Sarah has included is gorgeously squishy and lovely to work with too.
If you’d like to have a go for yourself, our weaving kits are now available to purchase in our shop!