Category: weaving

week 249

I already showed this to the person I plan on sending to, and she approves, so can show it off here. Even though it’s not perfect, it looks quite nice. Working with floral tape on a humid day made it stick even more.

It took four items: thick ribbon (with wire), thread, wire (used 20 gauge jewelry wire), and green floral tape. Non-wired ribbon makes more circular flowers, so it depends on what you like.

Basically, you thread a piece of ribbon at the bottom then tie the loose thread together together, so it’s closed, and sew the ends together and thread through the same side as before and cinch it up then knot it off.

You turn the flower over and sorta make sure everything is underneath. After you make the number you want–I made an odd number, but it doesn’t matter the number– you wrap wire around the threaded bottoms. I wrapped them about three or four times then pinched the wire.

Most of the flowers were wrapped with opposite ends of the same piece of wire. I didn’t measure anything, so can’t tell exact measurements. After everything had wire attached, gather it all into a bunch, adjust so they’re all level and wrap the floral tape around it, starting under the flowers, then cut the wire peeking out with a jewelry wire cutter.

blurry photo of ribbon floral bouquet

It looks better on the loom but this is the weaving finished and hanging. I should cut the pole, but will just make a second weaving and hang that on the same bit of wood.

multicolour weaving

Last week, I started knitting this with Tahki Stacey Charles’ Lena yarn. Four days later made a first bit for a pullover. I started the second piece yesterday. I should have added less grey stripes and just added them before every odd stripe, but I’m happy with this and need to make three more. I don’t know if I have enough of some of the yarns for the sleeves, but am tempted to just make all grey sleeves.

Also, I realise my default knitting mode is stripes and stockinette.

striped pullover in pieces

These are all the yarns used.

The grey varigated one is Yarn Collective’s BloomsburyDK in soot. The purple under it is the Tahki Stacey Charles Lena yarn in colourway 003. Yarn Stories’s Fine Merino DK in Mulberry, Fuchsia, and Duck Egg. Yarn Stories’s Fine Merino and Baby Alpaca in Thistle. KnitPicks” Aloft in Cosmopolitan. The one in the middle is Phydeaux Yarn’s Blackberry Bramble. For a short period, I had a Yarnbox subscription and feel like I’m one of the reasons why it’s shutting down this month. I use the Aloft and Fuchsia together.

yarns used

week 247

I started this a couple days ago and just randomly experimenting. The orange bit is crocheted then woven in, couple rows where I chained the yarn then wove that in, then the rest are just woven in. It looks odd but like the texture. I’m going to add a bit more orange then end on more blue. This looks good the way it is but unsure if it will be turned upside down. Depends after I attach fringe at bits.

(In case, you are wondering if I ever will get around to that blocked canvas on the left. I have not finished crushing up the crystals, so whenever I get around to doing that, then I can finally make paint and work on my painting.)

medium sized weaving project


The hat isn’t finished but this is nearly it done. I want to add a bit of netting, which should have been applied underneath the bits of flowers.

In case you want to know what I was aiming for, if you look at the corner underneath, is the original pattern envelope, with a picture of what is it supposed to look like.  Instead of leaving the middle space free, I covered as much of it as possible because I like it that way. I’m that bad at following directions especially when it’s just words and limited illustrations. I am not a milliner but have been watching a bunch of YouTube examples. It’s amazing, how once you know what you’re doing, it looks easy, but otherwise it’s just material and questioning at every step what you’re doing with all the material.

hat in progress


I had leftover ribbon from making some of the flowers and decided to make a floral bouquet with it. I plan on gifting it to someone I talk to on Twitter. I’m a bit excited it will belong to someone who lives in New Zealand, as I’ve never sent anything to anyone that lives there.

This is just step one, where they’ve taken on the shape of flowers. Basically, you take a bit of thread and thread across the bottom of a bit of ribbon, scrunch it up, sew the free ends of the ribbon together, then gather the bottom with the rest of the thread and tie off the thread. All the sewing is done on one side and you flip it over and have your “petals”.  I need to buy green floral tape before attaching the wire. Am going to attach some green crochet leaves, then that should be done and ready to send to her.

blue ribbon flowers


The not so secret block blanket is coming along, but has taken the odd shape. Need to add semi-triangular shapes to the sides, attach a few things and will be done.

This is the back.

crochet blocks blanket

It’s not obvious with this but I layered netting over the velvet. I tried to colour one piece with paint and got more paint on my hands than on the netting. After putting that down, I put two more pieces over that and didn’t bother gluing it down, as the next layer will keep it attached. Do I know what my next layer is? No.

layers on board: velvet ribbon, netting