Every summer my daughters and I usually try to tap into our creative selves in some shape or form. This usually ends in unfinished projects.
We tend to have lots of fervor and no end game!
One summer it was sewing. I don’t recall any finished sewing projects, but I can tell you where the bag of different fabrics we bought are. Some cut into pieces. Some left fully intact.
This summer we threw our hats into the weaving ring. My oldest recalled a exploration session she had in the 2nd grade I believe where they learned to weave with yarn and homemade looms of cardboard. So we got to work on this year’s creative project!
We were able to get a decently inexpensive yarn haul from AC Moore, 10 for $10. They were all small rolls, but we were thankful for the variety…especially since we are notorious for unifinished projects.
I’m happy to report I had some end game with this endeavor. I credit a coincidental discovery of a weaving class at my local West Elm. I spent $35 to attend the class which came with supplies for weaving (sturdy cardboard loom, warp yarn, plastic weaving needle, and lots of yarn!). The class was taught by Christine Dwyer of copper + fringe . It was fantastic! She taught us the basics and a few techniques.
For this first weaving I was basically concerned with just getting the basics down. I chose the colors of my alma mater (Wahoo Wa!). I definitely need to work on my cleanliness and technique!
For my second weaving I played with the yarn from my AC Moore haul. I tried to be more strategic with my technique and design.
I think it looks a bit cleaner.
My 3 year old son said he doesn’t really like this one though. He says it is too “hairy”.
I’m really enjoying weaving. It is definitely relaxing and it is quite meditative working with the yarn in simple ways. Weaving is VERY forgiving, so when you mess up it isn’t too devastating. I’m loving it because it is providing the perfect way to focus my attention on something else, destress, and hopefully stay balanced during this pregnancy. I don’t want my Graves to come back during the pregnancy and I want me and the baby to be as healthy as possible.
On to my next weaving…