Monday, February 8, 2016

Circular Weaving-To-Felted Purse- Part 1

Using a circle cut from a cardboard box...


                                             ...and wool yarn from my stash...



                                             ...I tried something new, recently...



                                                         ...circular weaving!



                                  The finished piece has a rather retro air about it...



                                               ...like something from the 70's! 



                         While I was thinking about what to make with this woven disk...

                                         ...I warped another piece of cardboard...



                                               ...and began a second one!



                                     Using up short lengths of special handspun...

                                                     ...was very satisfying...



                              ...and I enjoyed observing how the circles were formed...



                             ...from the mere 'over and under' of my tapestry needle!


  
                           Next time: I begin to fashion these pieces into (what else?)...

                                                           ...a felted purse!

8 comments:

Rachel said...

It will be interesting to see what happens when these are felted. A whole new set of textures, perhaps..!

Terriea Kwong said...

Simply the woven is pretty. Must be something special after felt. Looking forward to see the finished.

martine said...

Oooh, love this, can't wait to see what it becomes. Feel quite inspired to have a go.

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel- Yes...it remains very textured and works like an embellishment on the finished bag.
Terriea- Thanks! It was fun to do a little weaving!
Martine- Thanks! I'd love to see how you do with it. Even if you decide not to felt with the finished weavings, they would make cute berets (with crocheted brims)!

Jentacular said...

I love this a lot. Your circle weaving pieces look so cool. I have quite the collection of yarn scraps that I've been thinking about what to do with. This might just be the answer! How do you get circle started after you warp your cardboard circle? I notice there's a little bit of a twist in the middle of your circles.

Heather Woollove said...

Hi Jentacular!
I'm glad that you're going to try weaving one, yourself!
I used this blog to get started: https://beesybeefiber.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/circular-weaving/
Two notes: make your cuts in the cardboard circle approx. 1/2 inch, not 1/2 cm apart.
(The first two I made were more difficult to weave because the slits were so close together.)
Also, take care to count your slits and try to make your first yarn warp from one side to the opposite side of the circle at exactly half the number of slits (not just directly across from the original cut without counting). This way, I think you will have less of that twist.
Please let me know how you make out!

FeltersJourney said...

I love this.. I actually really love the last few pictures showing the red warp threads and just the centre part woven - so pretty.

Reading your comments, what a wonderful idea to weave then crochet a brim to make a beret.. You have such clever ideas my friend! xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah- It was a fun departure for me. :)
(Full disclosure...the beret idea was not my own. I read it on a blog.) :)