Pretty Things

Pretty Things

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Some Gorgeous Yarns That Make Me Happy

 

This is just a very quick post to share some gorgeous, festive, yarny eye candy!  I was making these images up on Canva to share on Pinterest, and they were just so darned pretty I thought I’d share them here, too.

All of the images are clickable if you want to find out where you, too, can find the Happy that such Pretty Things can bring, lol!

 

Pretty Yarn 1

 

 

Pretty Yarn 2

 

 

Pretty Yarn 3

 

 

 

Pretty Yarn 4

 

 

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Pretty Things - recycled sari silk yarns perfect for crochet and weaving

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Top 3 Absolute Beginner Weaving Tutorials

Top 3 Absolute Beginner Weaving Tutorials

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Hi there, prospective weavers, and welcome to the very first Stashing Yarn post covering the amazing, fabulous and often sparkly and fuzzy art form that is WEAVING!  Quite appropriately, this article is all about Weaving for the Absolute Beginner who doesn’t know his or her warp from his weft.

I first started weaving about 2 years ago, after seeing a small lap loom, like this one, for sale at my local craft store and thinking, “Hmmm, that looks like fun!”.  Well it was fun.  It was a whole, whole heap of fun!  Here are a few of the projects I made / worked on.  Back then I wasn’t so into taking a zillion photos of my creations, sadly, but I do have a few.

Tara's Weaving

I got home and immediately hit the net looking for a how-to for absolute beginners and was not disappointed!  There are some fabulous tutorials out there that walk you through every single step, with photos.  They explain the terminology, talk about the tools needed.  They rock, basically.
Felici Self Striping Yarn from Knit Picks

So, in this post, I’d like to share with you the tutorials I personally used to get started, and hope that they will inspire you go go and get hold of a loom and some yarn and give this amazing art form a go!

KATE from THE WEAVING LOOM

The Weaving Loom Beginner

I think The Weaving Loom was the very first site I checked out, and I got so much fabulous information there.  I had my loom warped and ready to go (sort of, I kinda got the tension all screwy the first time) within half an hour!

Kate’s instructions are very clear, and each section contains a link to a more detailed post on that particular topic, whether it’s making your own loom out of cardboard, how to get the warp on, how to actually weave, how to finish off your creation and more.

If you only go to one tutorial before giving weaving a go for yourself, I’d suggest you make it this one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Via The Weaving Loom

Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess

I’ve loved this site for ages, and stalk them relentlessly (in a totally non-weird and non-illegal manner, of course) on their social media accounts to see what they’re coming up with next!  These very cool sisters cover such a wide range of topics ranging from food and lifestyle to crafts and personal style.  I admit I wasn’t expecting such an easy-to-follow tutorial on weaving from a site that has such a broad range of stuff, but wow, they absolutely nailed it!

Cotton Yarns from knitpicks.com

 

This particular tutorial has lots and lots and LOTS of pics of every stage of the process, which really helps if you’re a visual learner, like me.  They also go into a lot of detail on the tools required, and have handy links for you to purchase anything you might need.

Via A Beautiful Mess

Via A Beautiful Mess

Annabel Wrigley / Creativebug YouTube videos

Annabel is a fellow Aussie living in Virgina, where she runs The Little Pincushion Studio.  Her focus is mostly on sewing, but she has also teamed up with Creativebug to put together some fabulous instructional videos for beginner weavers, including how to build your very own loom!

Via The Little Pincushion Studio

 Creativebug do have paid-for courses in a whole range of topics, too, but this series is all available on YouTube absolutely free!

Via YouTube

So, there you go, those are my Top 3 Absolute Beginner Weaving Tutorials.  I hope you are inspired to try this amazing craft out for yourself.  I’ll be posting soon about some of my favourite yarns and fibres to use in weavings, and where you can get them.

Keep on Stashing!

Tx

 

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