Hey folks, I’ve a special tutorial post this week by blogger and all-round crafting genius Esther who has been soooooo kind to show you how to create some woven masterpieces from the comforts of your own home……and wait for it……using your own DIY loom out of a chair! Yep, that’s exactly what I said. When Esther mentioned this to me, I didn’t hesitate to mull over it! It’s such a innovative thing to do, if like me, you don’t have all the fancy resources at home to do some weaving. I am SO going to try this when I’m back from the US. In the meantime, here’s what she has to say………brace yourselves folks…..it is brilliant!!! :)
Hello all you lovely followers of Made by Molu! She’s great isn’t she!
My name is Esther and I blog over at Dear Friend London. Today I wanted to share with you a somewhat random craft tutorial.
As with many people who live in London, I live in a flat. Living in a flat means I can’t do all the exciting/noisy craft projects I’d love to do because of our poor neighbours. So when I decided to try my hand at weaving I had grand plans of building my own wooden loom, until I realised that wouldn’t really work. So instead I got creative. Let me introduce you to the chair loom…
This is just your average chair, but doubles up brilliantly as a sturdy simple frame loom. I am either going to use the one piece as a wall hanging or make four and sew them together to create a rug (my husband still insists rag rugs belong in the 90s, so we will see).
You will need:
- A chair with a consistent leg width
- A non stretchy string
- Your weaving materials (strips of fabric, chunky wool, anything)
- Start by knotting your string to one chair leg. Pass the string over the top of the other leg, and bring down and around then repeat this on the other side. Make sure you aways bring the string from the top and down, not underneath and up around the leg. Do this as many times as you want, keeping it taut, until its the desired width (mine is 11 lengths). To finish tie the string in a knot around the chair leg.
- You are now ready to start weaving. Start by tying your yarn around the first length of string. Now go in and out of each alternate piece of string, when you have done one width, start again but go between the alternate string on the top (the string on top of the yarn in your first width should be below it on the second width). Make sure you are working between each piece of string, sometimes they get confused and it ruins the pattern. If you are using multiple pieces of material or yarn, knot the ends together as you go along.
- Use your fingers as a comb between the strings to create tension and make sure everything is nice and tight. Continue doing this until you get to the other chair leg. As you go make sure the width is the same all along, if it seems your piece is getting smaller as you go along try to loosen it bit and not draw the strings too tightly together. When you have finished, knot the yarn or material to the end string.
- Lastly, cut and tie the strings that makes up the loom. You can put dowelling through the loops if you want to hang it, or tie it however you like, making sure the weaving will not come loose. And there you have it! You’re own woven piece of magic!
Ahhhhh, brilliant right? Now, who’s going to give this a go?? Oh and do let us know how you get on! :) By the way Esther – I think the rug idea is big thumbs up from me…..or perhaps even a throw of some sort for the bed? Hmmm ideas ideas ideas……so many and far too little time! :)
[Image credit: ©Esther Way of Dear Friend]