I am a big believer in handmade gifts as a way to use my own creativity and save money. I am also a fan of many crafts with materials saved from all sorts of things, but I always keep an eye out for something new to try.
Someone shared this article about using an embroidery hoop as a round loom for weaving. It just so happens that I have a collection of embroidery hoops that I picked up at a rummage sale last summer. It also just so happens that my drawer of embroidery floss looks like this:
I have floss that I bought myself and a lot that was given to me by various people. There are lots of colors in many different lengths that aren’t necessarily useful in regular embroidery projects. So I decided that these oddball bits of floss would be perfect to experiment with for this new type of project.
I decided to use a package of glossy black floss for the warp threads and a twisted pink for the initial weave. Both of these were almost full skeins of floss, but neither had ended up being what I wanted when I bought them. I had kept them around, unwilling to waste them if some use could be found, and now they could finally earn their keep.
I haven’t finished yet, but I started with a regular basket weave. I needed to make an adjustment each row due to an even number of warp threads or spokes, but it wasn’t too difficult. Something to keep in mind for next time. Once the pink ran out, I switched to a bright shade of blue for a try at twining.
I still have a ways to go and will try other weaving methods and materials as well. With any luck I can use this new technique to come up with interesting presents for friends and family.