DIY: Minis copper and cork weavings

Wednesday October 26th, 2016

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Do you also like this time of year? This period, during which the days are cool and the evenings even cooler. This time, during which we can stay warm and cozy at home, without needing excuses. This time, we can finally take to realize projects that we pushed away during summer, because of all the barbecues with friends! That’s what I did this weekend: I finally took time to weave!

You cannot miss the weaving trend! These creations of interlaced threads, sometimes decorated with small pompoms, long fringes, driftwood and other cuteness. Each one is more beautiful than the other, isn’t it? So what about making your own weaving? A unique weaving made of copper and cork. Let’s go, I show you the steps to follow!

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Required material:

-copper threads of various diameters

-cotton and woolen threads

-cork

-thick cardboard

-a big needle

-paper tape

The steps:

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Choose a thick and solid cardboard. The size of your board will depend on the size of your weaving. I personally love to work with small formats, thus, my cardboard is very small: 9cm x 4.5cm.

Cut regularly spaced slits at each end of the cardboard. Here, each slit is spaced out of 3 millimeters.

Choose a rather thin copper thread and make your base by passing the thread in each slit. Assemble an even number of threads. These threads are composing the warp.

Leave some copper threads longer than others, they will be useful later. Fix and solidify the top and the bottom of your base with paper tape.

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Define and cut a copper thread depending on the size of the desired pattern.

To do a simple stitch, pass the thread above the first warp yarn, below the second warp yarn, above the third warp yarn, and so on until the end. For the return, do the opposite. If, in the previous row, you passed above, you now go below your warp yarn.

Watch out: do not pull on your threads too much; the warp yarns should remain parallel to each other.

Use a fork to tighten the rows.

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Alternate between copper, cotton or woolen threads of varying thickness. What is great about weaving is that you can use different types of threads and materials. You can choose and combine them as you like!

Cut a rather thin triangle of cork and insert it in your work. Use the same technique as before: pass it over your first warp yarn and below the second, etc.

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To do a soumak stitch, place your woolen thread under the first two warp yarns. Then place your woolen thread over the next two warp yarns and below the same warp yarns. Your woolen thread goes from right to left. Continue until the end. For the return, the technique is the same, but this time your thread goes from the left to the right.

When your pattern is finished, do not cut your thread too short. Let it exceed of few centimeters on the sides.

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Pass a thicker copper thread under the warp, at the top of your weaving. You notice that I reversed my weaving? I liked it better like that!

Separate the weaving from the cardboard. Fold the warp yarns on the thicker copper thread. Hide the cotton and woolen threads on the back of the weaving.

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Form loops at the end of some copper threads. To create small pompoms, cut small copper and cotton threads and pass them in the loops.

Wrap a thin copper thread on the top of the threads, and you have your minis pompoms!

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Hang your weaving on a wall or in branches! You can also stage them with other beautiful objects.

Feel free to create weavings with all kinds of materials and shapes. The possibilities are endless!

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Tell me, have you already tried weaving? Show me your achievements! And for those of you, who have never tried it, tell me if my tutorial makes you want to get started!

 

– This creation was conceived as part of a competition organized by Projet DIY, Creative Magazine, and Oui Are Makers. Find the projects of other bloggers on Projet DIY and Oui Are Makers, and many more DIYs projects in Creative Magazine! –

5 Comments

  1. Wednesday October 26th, 2016

    I didn’t expect these to be so tiny :D But they look great. We’ve woven small woolen carpets in elementary school and I’d love to be able to weave my own tweed, but there’s a huuuuge difference haha

    • Author
      Wednesday October 26th, 2016

      Ahah! You are right! I remember now that I learnt to weave a little bit. Not in school but in a summer camp. It’s not so common in France to learn practical things at school. That’s really something I appreciate about Austrian schools.

      • Wednesday October 26th, 2016

        And I always took these things for granted. Learning to weave, sew, knit, crochet, do some basic woodworking,…

        • Author
          Thursday October 27th, 2016

          When we are young we don’t really realize how important the things we learn are. But look at us, speaking like two old ladies!

  2. Thursday October 27th, 2016

    haha you are right ;)

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