My Christmas gift this last year was a loom. I purchased this handmade one from Wood Creek Looms and was not disappointed with the quality and the character of this piece. I opted on purchasing the larger loom and now wish I could have the smaller loom as well. Perhaps someday. I spent a couple of glorious days weaving. So addicting, relaxing, and enjoyable. I followed this amazing tutorial on A Beautiful Mess. I have been following along as Rachel from Smile and Wave as she put together weaving after weaving and has shared them on her blog and instagram account. Here are a few of her latest creations.
I grabbed a few of my favorite colors and just started putting them into a pattern. I wanted something organic with lots of white and some color. I had worked quite a bit of the weaving before I realized that it was going a bit wonky on the edges, pulling in towards the center. I'm curious if a smaller piece would do this less. I was also frustrated with the colors. I decided to pull it all out and go with neutral colors, focusing more on texture.
I added some bulky yarn, some thin yarn, some fun ribbon and lace, and some torn fabric strips. This is when it became really fun. I wasn't worried as much about pattern as I was about just layering the different materials and focusing on not pulling in on the sides. It still pulled in a bit, but I was able to pull it to even it out after I took it off the loom.
I really loved how it turned out. It is raw, textured, imperfect, and perfectly neutral. I've been wanting to work on another weaving, something smaller and with color. Such a fun new hobby to start. I debated, should I or shouldn't I start something new, but this was definitely a perfect fit for something new and fun. I keep you posted on my future adventures in weaving.