HOW TO MAKE A WOVEN HOOP
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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