Hello – today I’m sharing with you a few photos and words about the first ever weave I’ve recently made, thanks to my kit from We Make Collective.
First things first, to fill you in on We Make Collective; it’s a bi-monthly craft subscription designed to teach you a new skill, but allow you the freedom to create something unique for you. It was created by Fran from Fall For DIY and launched after a hugely popular Kickstarter campaign last year. I wrote a post a little while back about We Make Collective and my first impressions.
The travel loom weaving kit was the first kit sold and contained everything you could need to make a weave you’d be proud of.
Now I know absolutely nothing in the slightest about weaving and, at first, I thought I’d wing it and just see what I made. Big mistake. After a frustrating afternoon I realised that was a bad idea and that, for me, I need a bit more structure to work from. I’d love to be spontaneous but given it was a completely new craft it didn’t work and I knew I’d be better off learning about weaving by following a tutorial.
The great thing about We Make Collective is the members section on the website; it includes tutorials made with the very kit you see above. Learning a new craft can be daunting – the Internet is great but there’s almost too much out there that makes it difficult to know where to start. The We Make Collective members area solves that by giving content related to the very kit you have in your hands – so it’s super encouraging and motivated me that I could definitely make something I’d like! You may remember that for the second kit, all about calligraphy, I contributed this Christmas card themed tutorial.
I followed a tutorial from Peas and Needles; Lucy’s blog is a relatively new find for me, but it’s so pretty and full of great inspiration. Lucy has a lot of experience in weaving and even offers workshops to teach you, so worth having a look at. The tutorial was lovingly called the super-tassel woven wall hanging, and here’s how it turned out…
Doesn’t it look pretty?
I love the bold colours; now it’s hung up in my craft room it’s come to life and works well with the minty green colour on the walls. The only thing I had to buy was a piece of dowel to hang it, which I picked up from eBay here.
It was great fun to do and I actually found it quite addictive – in the same way I find embroidery addictive. Once you start a row or working with a particular colour, you want to finish it and before you know it a whole lot of time has passed!
The other great thing with the kit is that I still have everything I need to make another weave – I probably even have enough wool to do another (along with my various supplies!). I’ll be honest and say I don’t think I’m in a great rush to make another, but only because I have a heap of other stuff I want to make and I’m such a multi crafter; weaving has been ticked off the list so I’m done now. But who knows, I can see myself picking it up again in the future.
It looks great on display and I’m super proud to have something I made hanging up in my craft room. Yay for new crafts!
What do you think? Fancy giving weaving a go yourself? The next kit is for lino and block printing, which sounds like great fun; you can find out more and get involved here.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great weekend! I’m helping my friend with wedding prep tomorrow and we’re having our measurements taken for the bridesmaid dresses – can’t wait!