Posts Tagged ‘weave’

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Woven / Whipped Running Stitch Embroidery

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Weave thread to add depth and interest to running stitches

It’s been a while since I posted some of my felt circles. I love sewing these because they are small enough that you finish them pretty quickly and you can assemble them into other things like needle books and use them to embellish small pouches.

This one is layers of brown and blue felt and brown and blue threads. I always use wool felt or a blend that has a high proportion of wool and DMC Pearl Cotton thread because of its great handle and its lustre.

Here I stitched a simple blanket stitch on the inside, chain stitch in pale blue thread and then multiple rows of woven running stitch. So here’s the low down on weaving stitches – if you do it as I have and thread through each stitch the same direction it doesn’t matter whether you have an even or odd number of stitches to thread through. If you do a full loop type of stitch in a full circle then you have to have an even number of stitches which means you need to count – for me that is so NOT happening!

So, to get this awesome result, plan to thread your second thread the same way through each stitch, such as come down from the top and you get a lovely even weave and it works the same on even and odd numbers of stitches.

This is the woven stitch I use – it doesn’t need any special stitch count:

how to do a woven stitch Woven / Whipped Running Stitch Embroidery

This form of woven running stitch requires an even number of stitches for it to be used around a shape:

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Fluffy weaving on a recycled clothing tag

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Use a recycled clothing price tag as a weaving loom

In today’s post for my ongoing recycled clothing tag project we’re creating a small weaving loom from a tag. This one is fairly easy to do and very forgiving. Because the tag is two sided, the wool runs all around the tag so you don’t go backwards and forwards and the edges don’t need special attention to make sure they don’t pull inwards.

Start by punching two rows of holes – top and bottom. This is for the warp threads. I used some fiber that isn’t fluffy so it is smooth and easy to work with – the fluff comes later.

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Once the holes punched, thread a large eye needle with thread. Tie a knot big enough to stop the fiber pulling through the hole and start stitching the warp threads. Go in a hole, across and down the tag and in the bottom hole. Continue on the other side so each side has warp threads.

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Now get out some yummy fiber. I used fluffy white fiber and just wove over and under all across one side and then around onto the second side. Continue to do this for 3-4 rows.

Then, for a change of pace, get another fiber. I used a white metallic style fiber which is thin but sparkly. Because it will sort of disappear into the weaving you will do an even number of rows in this fiber. I chose to do two rows.

Don’t break off the thick fluffy fiber, just continue with the thin sparkly one and do two rows. Leave the fiber end loose and now go ahead and do 3-4 rows of the thick fiber. Alternate 2 rows of thin fiber with 3-4 rows of thick fiber until the weaving is all done. Periodically push the fibers up towards the top of the tag so the weaving is pretty tight.

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Once a thread is nearly done, stitch it back through the existing weaving to hide the end and stitch the new thread through it too so you can start weaving with it. You don’t need to be very careful about this since it won’t be under any pressure – just make sure the ends don’t show.

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To finish off, thread a loop of fiber through the hole in the tag and you’re done. This would make a cute tag for a winter or Christmas gift – you may even stitch a metal snowflake onto it to make it even more seasonal.

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Recycled Clothing Tag Project – blue and fawn weave

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Mini weaving loom on a recycled clothing tag

Today’s clothing price tag project is a mini weaving project – this time a single sided project using two color threads.

Start by punching some holes on opposite sides of a tag – you will need a stiff tag as this is a one sided project. Next string the tag by passing threads through the holes to make a line of threads – you don’t need these to wrap around the back side of the tag.

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When you are done, start weaving under one thread and over the next. You can do this for one or two rows taking care that you don’t pull in the edge thread when you turn at the end of a row. Cut off the excess fiber before changing colors and leave about a half inch of fiber.

Alternate colors and leave about a half inch length of fiber at the beginning and end of each color. Push the threads up towards the top of the weaving each time you work a row to make it firm so there are not big gaps in the weave.

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When you are done, add a thread through the hole in the tag and you’re done.

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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Recycled clothing price tag project – woven earrings

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Create these fun woven earrings using recycled clothing price tags and some cotton fiber

I’m rolling along with my recycled clothing tag project with a new project for today – making woven earrings. You will need some cotton thread – I have some left over from a crochet project that is nice and colorful and I had plenty to use. You will also need a pair of matching clothing tags, a hole punch, some earring findings, a large eye needle – not very sharp and scissors.

Start with the tags and punch the holes – I did a grid of 4 x 6 holes on each tag. You will want holes all around and large enough to take multiple threads. If the tags have tear off pieces, leave these on the outside in case they come off. I kept mine in place till the very end but then they came off!

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This is what the front of the tags look like and here is the back. You can see I didn’t do anything to the tags to hide the details on them – and that was my plan all along but you could do something different if you wish.

Once I had the holes, I started weaving. I started with medium pink cotton and wove a set of lines across the tags, both the back and the front are done so they look the same. Always start on the reverse side so the long tails of thread are on the reverse and ignore them.

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Having done that – still using the same color I went back in the reverse direction to make a square grid – again both sides of each tag look basically the same.

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Now I changed color for the first time. And this time, I chose a very light pink and wove it diagonally in one direction making sure that the pattern stayed correct on both sides of the tags – you may need to check carefully that the lines are all parallel and that it looks right. Don’t bother doing anything about the loose ends – just leave them hanging off the piece.

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After going in a diagonal direction in one color I changed colors to a dark pink and went in the opposite diagonal direction. Again, keep an eye out on the weave to make sure it is correct.

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Now the fun stuff starts. I changed to the lime green and started doing the cross weave.

Again you will be going in and out through the holes following the diagonals and making sure to do the same on the back as on the front. The difference is that here you will be doing a little cross stitch over and around the woven threads that are all piled up at this point to hold them together.

You will see that there is a simple pattern to doing this which makes it all repeatable, just take it slowly and make sure it all looks even and neat.

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Now, still working in green I went in and out around the very edge of the pieces – it is so weird but it all worked perfectly so there wasn’t even any doubling up of thread. You should still be ignoring the problem of the loose ends!

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Now it is time to deal with the problem ends. Since you always started on the reverse side your tails should all be on the back so make sure they are or thread them so they are.

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Now, working in green, I worked a set of blanket stitches over the green thread around the edge. You will fit 4-6 blanket stitches on each thread – just do however many you need on each piece they don’t have to all be the same. Work the back and the front.

When you are working around the edges on the back – hold the loose threads alongside the green edge threads as you work so you catch all the threads up in the blanket stitch to hide them.

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Once this is done you can assemble your findings. If you’re not confident setting eyelets then test this out on a scrap piece of paper first – I promise you that this is vital. You might notice that the eyelets set out here are a different size to the final image? Yep! I made a mess of my first eyelets and had to pull them out and start over. If I’d practiced first I would have realized that my tools wouldn’t work properly and I needed to overcome some technical issues first.

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Punch a hole and affix the eyelets and then add a jump ring and an earring wire to each earring.

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Then you are done and ready to wear your new woven clothing price tag earrings.

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Tuesday, June 8th, 0201

Recycled Clothing Price tag weaving project

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Use a recycled clothing tag as a simple weaving loom

Today I am turning an old clothing tag into a weaving loom. I started out by choosing a stiff tag that would stand up to the treatment it was going to get. You don’t want anything that will bend too easily. I then punched a row of holes across the top and the bottom. These holes will take the warp threads so they don’t need to be very big.

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Next step is to thread the warp threads. This loom is double sided so the weaving goes all around it so you need to thread it to account for this. Start out by threading enough thread to go around the tag the number of times it needs to go (and a bit extra). In my case I needed enough thread to go at the very least 12 times around the tag. Start with a knot that won’t pull through the hole and go in a hole and then down and around the tag. Continue until you have a set of warp threads both sides of the tag. These threads need to be firm but not tight. You need to be able to weave through them but you will be adding some extra puffiness so you don’t want to bend the tag so it has to have some give in it. For my warp thread I used some white fiber with some silver through it which was fairly simple – I saved the really fluffy stuff for the weft.

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Now grab the fiber to use for the weft. I chose a white fluffy fiber which was bumpy and uneven. Start at one end and thread the fiber onto a needle with a large eye and a blunt end. Now ‘weave’ in and out of the warp fibers across the top of the tag, continue around the back doing the same and then keep going around and around the tag. This process is pretty forgiving as you don’t have to worry about the edges pulling in because there are no ‘edges’. I did about 3 rounds and then I added a second fiber – this time a thin one with metallic bits. I threaded it and then went around a couple of times.

Next I continued with the fluffy white thread and did a few rounds of it. You don’t need to cut the threads when you start working with the other one, instead just let it hang off the piece as you work with the other one. If it bothers you, you can twist the fibers each time they come together so you catch them up together.

If you run out of fiber just sew the end back into the weaving, thread the needle with some more fiber and sew through the already woven bit to anchor the thread and keep going.

Continue to alternate the fibers with 3-4 rows of fluffy thick weaving and then a couple of rows of the thin sparkly one. Makes sure to do an even number of the thin sparkly fiber as it won’t show much in the weave and you want the thick fibers to look correct because they show. As you weave each row, make sure to push it up tight next to the previous row so the weave is fairly firm.

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When you are done, sew the loose ends back through the woven piece to secure. Add a piece of fiber or string through the hole in the tag and you are done!

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