Wefts and Weaves

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but while I’ve still been making things, I’ve definitely got less mental energy at the moment so even basic things like cooking and cleaning are only barely being done. And I’ve opened this page to type this post several times, because I am really excited about this project.

I can’t quite remember why but I suddenly became really interested in trying weaving (it was probably instagram inspired). So I did a fair amount of reading and looked up whether or not I could use my beading loom. It was fairly easy to set up, I put the weft threads on slightly differently to how I thread it for my beading – so that there was a cross over point. This makes it much easier when actually weaving, as I only had to go up and down over the threads in one direction. I used a pretty weft thread so that I didn’t mind when it was visible.

My tiny loom, with my legs in the background


Once I had the weft threads set up, the weaving was very quick. My loom is little so I can do it on my lap while watching TV. It was considerably slower to tie off all the ends and make it finished. I looked up cheat techniques but there didn’t seem to be anything that still looked good.

I used a satin stitch to attache the weaving to the fabric

I always intended to turn this piece of weaving into a case for my hard drive. I’m currently backing up my thesis on it and carrying it around in my bag everyday, so its getting a little bashed. For the other side, I did some free motion quilting. There was quite a lot of unpicking but I think I finally got the hang of it.

Simple wavy lines for my first attempt at free motion quilting 

Halfway gone – July 2016

This year is going fast. I’m really starting to feel the pressure of my thesis, both in terms o the workload and the amount of my brain it requires, there doesn’t seem to be enough brainpower left to function fully. This has resulted in me doing a lot of looking at crafts and planning but not much actual doing.Which for the time being is fine, this is a temporary situation.

That being said, my drive to finish stuff has meant I achieved quite a bit in June

  1. EPP Cushion – I finished a couple more diamonds and I have a fair bit of travelling this month so I reckon more will get done
  2. Bead embroidery purse – this hasn’t been bought out of its container last month, I’m finding it difficult to make decisions so the freeform nature of this isn’t really suitable at the moment.
  3. Learning curve sampler quilt – I’ve not been able to get my machine out and its not looking to promising this month either
  4. Oven gloves – See above
  5. Sea glass necklace – I need silver chain but i’m also trying not to buy too much at the moment so I’ve put it to one side for a little bit
  6. Fringed handbag – I’m on the third and final row of fringing
  7. Another knitted dishcloth – these are just so soothing to knit
  8. A beaded bead necklace – I finally figured out a pattern and picked some colours for a necklace, I’ve done one of three beads

This is still a pretty long list but I’m feeling more positive about it than this time last month.

Things I managed to finish:

  1. Hawaiian Quilting panel – this will need quilting at some point but for now it is done
  2. Sunglasses Case
  3. Intarsia Purse
  4. The Blanket – again it will be picked up in the winter but for now it is done
  5. My ATC has been posted and I received a brilliant one in return.