Over the past few months I’ve certainly made inroads into my yarn stash, but there’s still an awful lot left! I got rid of quite a bit of the chunkier yarn when I used my peg loom to weave a couple of car mats, so I thought I’d have a go at a different type of weaving using an embroidery hoop this time.
To prepare your embroidery hoop for weaving, you take off the outer ring and leave to one side. You then attach your warp thread (I used some DK yarn) to the top of the hoop and bring it down and under the rim directly opposite before bringing it back round to the front and up and under the top in a figure of eight pattern. Each time you bring your warp thread back up to the top you need to move it roughly 2cm away from the last thread to produce evenly spaced ‘spokes’. You can find a really useful video tutorial on how to do this here.
It’s important to make sure that you end up with an odd number of spokes on your hoop, or else your weaving won’t work. Once you’re satisfied with the warp thread it’s time to put the outer ring of the hoop back on and tighten it to ensure your warp stays securely in place.
Now the fun starts!
The most effective weaving is made up using yarns of different thickness (although this really is personal preference). I started out with DK weight which I’d threaded onto a darning needle. Leaving a tail end of about 6cm, pass the yarn over and under the spokes and keep going for as many rounds as you like. Make sure that you end in roughly the same place as you started and you can tie the start and finish finish tail ends together on the back of your work to secure it.
Continue weaving making sure you maintain the pattern of over one spoke then under the next, and varying the yarn you use along the way. As well as yarn you could try ribbon, shredded plastic bags, string, strips of old clothes etc. I have quite a lot of wool tops from my spinning, so I popped some of that in too which gave a lovely texture to the finished item. It wasn’t possible to thread the tops through a needle, but it was very easy to simple thread it over and under with my fingers.
Remember to keep pushing your work towards the centre of the hoop as you go to ensure you don’t have any holes in the middle, but it’s simply a case of keeping going until your hoop is full!
This was a really enjoyable project to make and I think next time I’ll experiment by adding some charms to the weaving too. I love the fact that it has a ready made frame and is all ready to simply hang on the wall once you’re finished weaving 🙂