I recently decided I wanted to learn to weave, and the main inspiration for that was an artist named Erin Barrett of Sun Woven Design. She is a weaver from Charleston, South Carolina, and I stumbled upon her Instagram account and instantly fell in love. I never knew weaving could be so beautiful. Naturally, after going 72 weeks deep into her feed, I was inspired to learn to weave.
Let me be clear that I am not trying to copy Erin’s work. As a creator, I know that can be super annoying when people say “I could do that!” Well, yeah, you could. But you didn’t. I was just inspired by Erin’s style so much that I wanted to learn something new! I love working with yarn and fibers anyway, and weaving seemed like a good next step from crocheting.
So how did I learn? Well, first I needed a loom. I made the trip to AC Moore looking for something that would do, and was disappointed to only find plastic “knitting” looms. While in line to check out with $50 worth of yarn instead, I texted my friend Chris and asked what we could whip up. (You may remember his work from my amazing Christmas gift last year!) A few hours later, I was in his woodworking shop watching him make this in literally 10 minutes. He made my loom in the time it takes me to brew a pot of coffee and sit down with my first cup.
All I had to do was show him a few photos online and he whipped this up. I added the nails myself and then went to town on watching and reading tutorials.
A Beautiful Mess has a great tutorial for learning the basics, and then I watched this YouTube series from CreativeBug. It has several parts that walks you through your first weaving and shows you a bunch of different stitches and techniques.
This is what I ended up creating while following along with these tutorials.
I’m pretty pumped with this weaving. This is actually my second weaving, and I’m currently working on a third.
Now that I’ve got the basics down, I just can’t stop. I’m obsessed. When I get into something, I want to know everything there is to know about that subject, and then proceed to learn it all. This sometimes bites me in the ass, but it’s just how I operate. However, after obsessing over learning this new skill, I now feel confident enough in my weaving skills that I could try new techniques and different materials. One thing I absolutely love about Erin at SunWoven is that she uses unconventional materials in her weavings, such as ribbon and strips of leather. It’s fantastic.
Another awesome thing that weaving offers me is a break from crocheting. During the holidays, I crochet so many gifts that I start to develop soreness in my arms from using the same muscles and tendons over and over. This gives me a break from that while still allowing me to use my favorite textiles and create something cool. This is definitely going to be my new favorite hobby of 2016.
What skill or hobby are you taking up in the coming year?