Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Little of This-N-That

This is a quick tutorial that will take you through a few helpful tips and tricks, such as adding in accent beads, and how to measure out weft. 
This is a great place to feature Art Yarns, and use up little odds and ends from your various handspun yarn; commercial novelty yarn; ribbon; and/or cording stashes.

 If all you need is a picture, click on the photo above for a Slide Show.
Ruched ribbon can be worked nicely into this kind of project.   
And is easily needle-woven into place.
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Secure the ends with a small hair clip on the back side.
The next tutorial will show how to secure the ends, once you are finished weaving. 
This kind of project is also a good place to play with texture.
You can weave a Novelty yarn taut.
Or weave the same yarn loose on purpose; for loft.
Finger Weaving
As you move further out, to where the warp threads radiate farther apart, you can incorporate things like decorative cording.
And here is another benefit to using the Knifty Knitter looms for this process; not having anything behind your weaving to obstruct what you would want and/or need to do. 
While the cording used in this round is soft and supple, weaving it into this piece meant running the cording down over one warp thread and back up around the other; one Warp Thread at a time.
See the previous tutorial for Adding a Round of Beads
SPECIAL NOTE: One important thing to keep in mind as you progress further out---
You do not want to distort the Warp Threads as you pull the Weft Yarns [or Threads] through, and around.
By resisting the temptation to pull your yarns/threads too tight,
You will help to ensure your finished piece will lay flat; once it is removed from the loom.
This will be especially true as you change to and from different gauges of yarn and threads.
If you start to see your Warp Threads slanting one way or the other --[depending whether you work left- or right handed--] you may be pulling your Weft too tight.
The obligatory What-does-it-look-like-on-the back? shot.
Let's play with some Accent Beads!
Here's a quick tip for adding in large hole beads.
Thread the weft yarn onto the tapestry needle.

Cut and knot a small length of thread.
[Jeans thread was used in this example.]
Pull yarn through the loop of thread. 
Then thread the Accent Bead over the needle.
Pull folded-over yarn through the bead.
And voila!
Repeat with as many beads as you wish to pre-string.
This technique will slow down the weaving process.
Pull the beaded sections slow and gingerly through the warp threads.
You can run the weft over the top of the warp, to audition and adjust the placement of your beads.
Stitch markers [on select warp threads] or hair clips [on selected loom pegs] can help identify a well-spaced placement of beads throughout subsequent rounds.
Here you can simply slide the bead back into place.
You can work with as many or few beads as you wish.
More Finger Weaving
Some cording may be stiffer and will work better farther out in your weaving.
And another design element where you will need to work one warp thread at a time.
Measuring out Weft Thread
As you progress further out toward the base of the loom, here is a handy way of measuring for weft.
Lay one end of your weft at the Anchor Peg, and then wrap your yarn/thread around the outer edge of the loom.
Wrap as many times as you are comfortable dealing with. 
And as many times depending on whether you are going to weave with a single strand of yarn/thread, or double.
One time around equals one woven round; weaving with a single strand of yarn/thread.
Twice around equals one woven round; weaving with *double strand of yarn/thread.
*[Like the example used with the Accent Beads]
The next tutorial will show two different Bind Off options.
EDITED IN: Finishing Touches 
It will also address how to secure the loose ends on the back side of your weaving.
The last module for this series of tutorials--for this warping technique--will follow shortly.
Afterwards, I will run through a final edit of the photos for a post regarding the denser warping of this same loom; and what to expect in future tutorials.
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Bye for now, and Blessings~
And Happy Weaving!


  1. Mesmerizing... I want to try this so badly... beautiful work :)

  2. Thank you, Ann! I hope you get the chance to play soon. :)

  3. I can't wait to try this, but how do you warp the loom? How do you secure the warp in the centre?

  4. Hi TheKnittin Knerds! Here's the link to the first tutorial; where the warping and center knot is covered. Happy Weaving. And Blessings~