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Weaving again without a loom!
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 05:27
I, of course, was her very first customer and, being her proud mother, immediately read it cover to cover!
It goes without saying that Diane provides excellent content and clear, easily understood instruction - these are hallmarks of anything she writes. But what was immediately apparent to me was that "Weaving Un-Loomed" is NOT so much about teaching 5 weaving projects as it is about giving the reader basic tools and knowledge of the weaving process so that they are able to use the techniques to create their very own weaving with almost anything.
She does this by demystifying the weaving process, breaking it down to it's simplest parts. And then she provides diagrams and instruction for creating many different patterns by manipulating the parts. Every one of the projects is designed to teach additional weaving techniques and applications.
I decided to go way out of my comfort zone, (I don't play with paper), and create a project based on the techniques provided in the chapter Magazine Page Jewelry. And the result - drum roll please - the sweet little woven tree ornaments you see at the top of the post!
Having found a book filled with brilliantly colored pages on a recent visit to the Goodwill Bins, I was just waiting for the right project to come along to use them. And, of course, I wanted to make something Christmasy! Christmas is only 117 days away you know!
The two colorful tree ornaments were completed using the tools provided in the chapter. The little white tree was actually a test I made as I was learning. I set it aside at first, took another look at it a bit later, loved it, and finished it off for use as a gift tag that could be used, after opening the gift, as a tree ornament.
The Burlap and Ribbon Tote really caught my eye - but my mind saw it as a table runner using burlap and wheat straws! I just happen to have some pretty red burlap on hand and lots and lots of wheat! (You can get a very similar effect using swiss straw.) I set about weaving the wheat into the burlap following Diane's instructions for weaving ribbon into burlap.
My plan was to create a table runner for the winter holidays based on the design in this lovely, much loved table linen from Sweden. It just happened that Diane had used that little piece of ribbon to wrap my birthday gift. Perfect addition!
And, as a bonus in Burlap and Ribbon Tote, Diane provides instructions for making a very cute tote!
"Weaving Un-Loomed: Simple Ways to Weave Cool Things" delivers exactly what it promises! Simple weaving techniques designed to empower you to create your very own unique, very cool woven objects.
Have fun! I certainly am!
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