Tuesday, 14 April 2015

L is for ...

Loom Weaving


When I was in New Zealand last year I had the privilege of seeing a loom weaving exhibition. We happened to have time in Palmerston North where they had one on and I loved what I saw. Weaving is something that has always interested me but something I haven't tried. That said I can not for the life of me find the photos that I took while over there so you will just have to believe me that it was beautiful. I had all sorts of fancy plans but I can't find any of the photos :( 

What is Weaving?
It is where a fabric is formed by lacing together two distinct sets of threads. You lace coloured threads onto a weft threads. It is an old craft that was used to create beautiful tapestries that used to show amazing themes. 

Cross stitch fabrics are woven fabrics because they are even side to top. Technically most fabrics we use for craft are woven fabrics we just don't have the ability to hand loom such fine fabrics. 

Some Examples


This is a lovely scarf my mum brought me back from Tasmania when they visited. It is hand woven out of Alpaca wool. 

I found this tapestry photo when I started searching. It's not the full reveal unfortunately but by the looks of it it will be revealed later this month. It looks to be an amazing piece.

How to find out more?

I know I've been reading lots of instructions recently over at A Beautiful Mess where they have been showing how to do your own weaving. Here are the instructions for a cool looking pillow. 

I'm sure you can find more tutorials around the place.... I need to see if I can have some fun with making my own woven stuff. 

Happy Stitching, 
Caitlin 

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3 comments:

  1. I used to have a little plastic frame which you could use to weave squares. It was quicker and easier than crochet and you could make blankets or ponchos for dolls, which was mostly what I did.

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  2. Love the purple! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge, and I look forward to visiting again!

    Sylvia
    www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com

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  3. I can't wait to see the finished tapestry in the photo. I hope they reveal it soon.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I wanted to return the favor. Stopping by from the A-Z Challenge. JEN Garrett

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