There is nothing better than the feeling of completing a handmade project, but maybe you’re a little worried about the steps to get there. Weaving is a great way to get into the creative spirit, without the overwhelming feeling of… “I can’t do this!” Weaving is a practice that goes back thousands of years, and if they could do it then, you can do it now!
Regardless of your experience, there are many different kinds of weaving that you can experiment with until you find something that you’re comfortable with and that you enjoy!
Benefits of Weaving
Weaving is fascinating in that the end goal may not always be a beautiful, handmade project. Weaving has tons of developmental and mental health benefits for all ages. Specifically, for young children, weaving is the perfect activity to practice fine motor skills, increase dexterity, and help to develop hand-eye coordination. Beyond developmental benefits, weaving is a relaxing, tactile experience that can help to increase focus and attention span.
Loom weaving has been around for thousands of years! Dating back to BC, loom weaving is primarily used for the production of textiles, but you can make tons of different creations with a weaving loom! A great place to start is a small, square weaving loom that uses craft loops. The use of craft loops simplifies weaving in that each piece is individual, rather than connected. Simply prep your loom with a base of loops, then decide what pattern you want to follow and start weaving! Once you’ve mastered pot holders, purses, and pencil cases, you’re ready for a more advanced loom! How To Use A Weaving Loom
A more traditional weaving loom, like our large, wooden Super Weaving Loom, allows for more open-ended projects and creative exploration. You can use various kinds of yarns, threads, and strings to create pops of color and texture. While the practice of weaving is virtually the same, the outcome is more substantial. Super Weaving Loom Tutorial
Finger weaving, or finger knitting, is a combination of weaving and knitting, and it’s a great alternative to loom weaving — especially if you don’t have one! The base of your “finger loom” is created with a simple weave, then you use basic knitting techniques to complete the project.
Whether you’re using craft loops or yarn, you can create rather complex projects using just your fingers!
Check out the videos below to learn how to weave using craft loops or yarn!
Bead weaving can be a little intimidating, but once you master the basics, you’ll be good to go! Below are some basic stitches that are used in off-loom bead weaving:
This stitch is just what it sounds like! The ladder stitch acts as a base for other bead weaving stitches. Ladder stitches are simple. They join beads together in what looks like a ladder!
Similar to the ladder stitch, this stitch also looks like its name! When you do a brick stitch, it appears that the beads are stacked on top of each other, with off-set rows, like bricks. This works best with consistent sized beads.
The herringbone stitch creates an angled pattern. It has its name for 2 reasons: it resembles a herringbone textile when complete and the double columns of beadwork resemble fish spines.
Netting creates an open weave that leaves beads dangling at the bottom. It’s very beautiful and is often found in anklets, bracelets, and chokers.
Check out some simple projects below to give bead weaving a try: