HOW TO MAKE A WOVEN HOOP

Mollie Makes - - INTRODUCIN­G -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Hammered cop­per hoop, 20cm (77/ 8")

di­am­e­ter (ours was from www.in­sta­gram.com/ thymely­glass_s­tu­dio)

Quince & Co. Puf­fin, 100% wool, 102m/ 112yd per 100g, one skein each in Clay (Yarn A) and Shell (Yarn B) Knit Col­lage Spun Cloud, 100% wool, 91m/100yd per 200g, one skein in Honey­suckle (Yarn C) Wool and the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool, 100% wool, 80m/87yd per 200g, one ball in Ivory (Yarn D)

Silk and chif­fon silk rib­bon in dark green, 4cm (15/ 8") wide (we used Silk & Wil­low Plant Dyed Silk Rib­bon and Re­cy­cled Silk Chif­fon in Enchanted For­est from www.silka­nd­wil­low.com) Grey chif­fon sari silk rib­bon (ours was from www.silk­di­vine.etsy.com) Dried flow­ers with stems Glue Re­con­nect with na­ture and open up your cre­ativ­ity in what we like to think of as the weav­ing equiv­a­lent of colour­ing out­side the lines. Gather fuzzy rov­ing yarns and plant- dyed rib­bon for this one, and for the dried flow­ers you could dry your own, or pop into your lo­cal florist. If silk rib­bon’s not your thing, how about for­ag­ing for strips of vel­vet in your near­est hab­er­dash­ery? It’s all about cel­e­brat­ing colours and tex­ture.

Turn to page 91 to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the knots and weav­ing tech­niques used. Tabby weav­ing is also known as plain weav­ing.

01 Cut 12 91.5cm (36") lengths of silk chif­fon rib­bon. To cre­ate the warp, at­tach 10 of the cut rib­bon lengths to the top por­tion of the hoop us­ing lark’s head knots. Space them ap­prox­i­mately 0.5cm ( ") apart. The other two rib­bon lengths will be used in the last steps to hang the hoop.

02 To com­plete the warp on the hoop, tie each rib­bon pair to the bot­tom por­tion of the hoop us­ing a clove hitch knot. Make sure the ten­sion of the warp is tight, but not so tight it could tear the rib­bons – there should be a bit of a bounce to the touch.

03 Turn the hoop around and work a dou­ble over­hand knot with each group – the groups should con­sist of four rib­bons. Weave on this side, us­ing ev­ery two pieces of rib­bon as one warp string, so in to­tal the weav­ing will be worked across 10 warp strings.

04Start off the weav­ing by cre­at­ing a fringe at the bot­tom of the warp. Cut 18 61cm (24") lengths of Yarn C. Us­ing two lengths of yarn for each knot, make a row of five rya knots, as shown.

05 Al­ter­nat­ing the warp strings used, work an­other row that con­sists of four rya knots.

06 Work two rows of tabby weave us­ing Yarn B held dou­ble.

07 Us­ing two lengths of Yarn D and start­ing from the right, twine a full row across the warp.

08 On the next row start twin­ing back from left to right, but stop a third of the way across.

09 Take three or four dried flow­ers that are fairly bendy, and tabby weave their stems from left to right. Their flower heads should be just above the last row of twin­ing and their stems should be right next to the row of twin­ing.

10 Us­ing the dark green silk rib­bon and start­ing from the right, make

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