DIY cardboard weaving

cardboard weaving

My first attempt…

 

So here we go!!! At first I wanted to go with the loom Hello Hydrangea did but last night I just wanted to start SOMETHING….so I made a weaving loom out of cardboard like Craftystylish made (links to DIY weaving looms in my earlier post) and can I say it is so awesome and super easy – really the best bet for someone who just wants to start some type of weaving.

What I did notice was that I kept on wanting to pull on the yard to tighten it but that was a bad idea. Pulling on the weft yarn only made everything skew on the sides, not a very nice look. Instead I began to weave my needle every three to four threads of yard along the warp (the longitudinal threads) and pushing up on the weft threads (lateral threads). This really allowed me to create a nice weave.

Now the cardboard I used was from the side of a diapers box, it is pretty sturdy but I can definitely see how having something a little more substantial could make it a lot easier. Next loom I make will be out of the picture frame and nails – will post those pictures soon!

-Crystal ❤

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Cute Coasters for the Minimalist in all of us….

Out of all the home craft projects, I feel that coasters are the best if you have a little time and want to do something crafty for the home. They also make the best gifts, especially if your short on time – tie them with a pretty ribbon and you have a beautiful thoughtful gift!

Currently, I am obsessed with anything minimalist and these are a few coasters that are on my radar to be done ASAP. Here are my top 5:

1) The Purl Bee – Tumbling Blocks Coasters

Gorgeous for all that lovely wool felt you may left over from dreamy millinery projects!

2) Mini Pallet Coaster 

With a toddler at home I have so many craft sticks lying around, these coasters are THE cutest. The possibilities are endless with this one…

3) Industrial Style Cement Coasters

Gorgeous with a little pop of color, read through this tutorial it is a lot easier than it sounds!

4) Sake Puppets – Sashiko Coaster

The simple stitch patterns in sashiko make this an excellent embroidery project. Angela has a very nice sashiko tutorial for those new to the art, very clear with good photos.

5) Showmepretty – The Studded Mouse Pad

Ok –  not technically a coaster but the idea is so simple and incredibly pretty!

Any of these will add a nice minimalist touch to your home. I will post mine as soon as I can get this baby to bed!

 

-Crystal ❤