Category Archives: Weaving

Wool Flowers

Happy Weekend!

Well the exhibition at College started last night and I must say I’m exhausted. Maybe it’s just the stress of the last few weeks finally coming out, plus getting ready to move in two weeks (Wales here we come!), but man I need some sleep! Like a good full night of deep sleep!

So I was a lucky duck and the eBay fairy delivered my Poniy H.A flower looms the other day. I have goggled this name and didn’t really find anything, but they seem to be just like the Hana-Ami flower looms. They come with a variety of shapes and sizes (all quite small) for making flowers or really whatever you desire

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There was also a plastic tapestry needle included.

The instructions that came with mine were quite difficult to follow (big time translation problem with terrible photos) so I turned to handy dandy YouTube for some assistance. I used this video by dianagreengirl for the basics.

I decided to make two basic flowers. One was a double petal and the other was just basic. I took photos of everything I did, but I think the easiest way for you to see what was done is to check out the video. Her tutorial was quite helpful.

One thing I must say is that it’s really important to come through the same hole again and again while doing the centre.

I did one flower using the tapestry needle provided and the other with a metal needle. I found the metal needle much easier to use.

This one was the double petal, where I went around each peg twice. I used the hexagon shape here.
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This was single petal, and well lookee there! I forgot to trim some craziness off and honestly don’t feel like going back downstairs to take a new photo. Honesty is the best policy 🙂 I used the large circle here.
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I have a strong feeling I’m going to find this quite addictive. Especially when I get the hang of things other than flowers. It was quick easy and effective. Other than the craziness hanging off the pink one they are quite cute. I have ordered some larger round looms as well. Should be great fun trying them!

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First Weaving Project Complete – Yay!

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For what feels like years, but really wasn’t very long, I’ve been working on a weaving project for college. It was my first time doing weaving on a larger scale (I’d made bracelets and things) and thought it was really cool!
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I did some samples using different techniques/patterns and wool first, then decided on a final design.

Before any of that we had to choose a work of art that we liked (this bit was ages ago!) and base our colours and balance of colours around it. I chose a piece by Matisse.

After doing the samples I decided I wanted to make a cushion using the 2/2 twill and soumak techniques. I chose white as the main colour, along with a  few colours that were similar to those in the work of art. I then got to it!

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I wound up with this…

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and I turned it into this…

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Ok sewing this thing was a major pain and I plan I redoing it at some point to tidy it up, and I really wish I’d added pink to the colour mix because it looks very much like an HBC product.

Alright, I loved weaving. I would do it again and again and again. I need to add loom to the list of things I really really want (along with a knitting machine!). There seem to be so many possibilities of things you can make and do. It was cool. I found it strangely relaxing as well. If you get the chance give it a go!