How To Make Shapes in Your Weaving

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How to weave shapes into your woven project. Find the Wool Weaving Project craft kit here

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  • Gather your ideas and materials
    • You may want to sketch out your design ideas or improvise as you go along. Look for inspiration in other weaver’s work, traditional motifs you may find in books, patterns found in nature, or in your own imagination.
    • Choose your color palette. Are you drawn to soft neutrals, bold brights, complementary or harmonious colors combinations or do you like to have an unexpected pop of color on a relatively subdued background?
    • Choose your textures. Do you want to use yarn that is all the same texture, material and size or would you rather mix it up using an array of yarns and roving; thin, chunky, fuzzy, metallic, silky, or something really unique like strips of fabric, raffia or hemp twine.

Color palette for weaving project.

  • Begin weaving
    • Warp your loom, keeping your warp thread taut but not exceedingly tight.Warping a frame loom to prepare for a weaving project.
    • Begin with 4-5 rows of a simple weave- over, under, over, under to create a “footer” on the bottom of your loom.
    • Remember to always start a new length of yarn somewhere in the middle of the weaving, not the sides, so that your sides will look even and neat at the end.
    • Remember to always use the bubbling technique to push down or beat down your rows. Bubbling means that you start by pushing down the row in the middle first and then work your way out to the sides to avoid pulling your yarn too tight which creates uneven sides.
    • Upon this base you made now add tassels or fringe if you wish.
    • Weave to your heart’s delight changing colors to create stripes, as you desire.

New colored weft in weaving.

  • Weaving shapes- Triangle
    • To create a moderately sloped triangle begin to step in one warp thread for two rows. Two rows means you will, for example, weaving across to the left then back to the right and then again across to the left then back to the right.
    • After completing two rows step in another warp thread. This can be done on both sides of your triangle or just on one side depending on the orientation of your triangle.
    • Continue the process of weaving two rows, stepping in one warp, weaving two rows, stepping in one warp until you reach the peak of your triangle. Weave two rows at the peak, or in other words, wrap the weft yarn around the warp two times.
    • To create a more steeply sloping triangle, experiment with stepping in warp thread every 3-4 rows.

Weaving rows to create a triangle shape in a woven tapestry.

Weaving the peak of the triangle in a woven tapestry.

  • Weaving shapes- Rounded shapes like circles, hills, etc.
    • As with the directions for creating triangles step in warp threads to create a slope except this time step in every row for a very gradual slope.

 Making rounded shaped in a woven tapestry.

  • Weaving shapes- Rectangles and squares
    • Weave between the parameters of two warps threads depending on how wide and long you want your quadratic shape to be.

Making square shapes in a woven tapestry.

  • Fill in around your shapes
    • Start at the bottom of the empty space and begin to weave up, row by row, to fill in around your shapes.Filling in between shapes in a woven tapestry.
    • There are two ways to work around shapes. Creating a slit or interlocking stitch.
      • To create a slit you will weave up to a specific warp thread and then go back and weave the row in the other direction, doing the same thing on the adjacent warp going the other direction. This creates a slit.
        • This type of weaving works especially well around triangular or rounded shapes.
      • An interlocking stitch is weaving up the edge of a shape and then using a tapestry needle sharing the same warp thread as the one used by the edge of the shape. Be sure to weave between the corresponding rows of the adjacent shape.
        • This type of weaving works especially well next to square or rectangular shapes.Interlocking stitch in a woven tapestry.
      • Get creative with your shapes, try different colors, sizes and configurations! Woven coaster with square pattern and metallic colored warp.

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