Do you ever put so much pressure on yourself to work on a project, that it becomes a burden?
I tend to do that, and the project gets pushed to the side and forgotten.
Here is a quick pic of a stash of various silks and fibers I have been collecting over the years (I'm not about to throw that stuff out - it's good for "something" - that project in the back of my head).
And these stringing materials - LOVE them and have lots!
Picking up some Tapestry needles at the sewing store - done that a couple of times...
So as a kid - I loved knotting, braiding, twisting, tying, weaving natural things...
I grew up in the 80's and my mom was big into cross-stitch (oh embroidery thread - how I adore you! Especially the Magenta and Peacock blue colors...)
So as a "grown up" I wanted to try some weaving.
While on a very restricted budget, and refusing to go out and spend any money unless I really knew this is something I want to do, I went to Pinterest to look up some weaving practices.
It's been a while, but I think I searched things like: loom weaving, handmade loom, weaving for kids, nature weaving, and such (you get sucked in and hours later - there are ideas everywhere).
So this cardboard loom - made with an old cereal box and masking tape worked for me and my allowance for self discovery.
First I Wrapped hemp around in the long direction 8 times (I think an even number is what you need to make it come out right) - the ends are just temporarily taped with masking tape on the back - nothing special.
I left a tail - just incase I need that for when I figure out what I will be doing with these (bracelets???)
Then over, under, over, under...
Back and forth.
Add on more - hide the ends in there.
Tie a knot on the last string at the end.
For me - this was completely experimental.
I wanted to see what happened with different fibers in the warp and weave positions.
And how are pattens made.
This just barely touches the iceberg - seriously...
And always - if you think you are going to work towards making something wearable, you should make sure to do a skin test to see if any of the materials will poke or scratch, and avoid using them if your weaving is to be wearable.
So now that I have fiddled with my small, cheap looms, I can see about getting something a bit more sturdy. And I get to see about finishing these - so check back for that post.
PS - I watched Jill Wiseman's DVD on Kumihimo with Beads - and the finishing the ends part has my brain thinking in terms of how to finish something like these. It also makes my bead making brain think - what kind of ceramic component can I make? But that is a whole other issue...