Today I’m going to show you my very first loom weaving project. Before this I had only made a couple small samplers. Now our task was to create a full size striped yarn. It could be a rag rug and mine is but one could also use store bought material.
First question in my head was, where shall I do this? I don’t own a loom and I live in a really small flat so getting one wouldn’t be an option either. Also I live about 254 km from school so as it was a homework task this didn’t seem an option either. Including the fact that most of my classmates already cued up for them.
A couple of school sessions later I had thought about contacting a local cultural centre that I read had a loom but I hadn’t done that either. And in school it turned out there was no cue either any more. So all I had to do before next school week was to get the rags and cut them. I had a colour scheme in my head but it changed a little as to what colours I was getting from my parents place and from thrift stores. It turns out greens are rather rare.
The cutting took very long time. I even had to sharpen my scissors a few times meanwhile. We had a rough number how many kilos of material we should have but I’m bad with numbers and don’t remember it. I do remember I had spare (which is way better than the opposite) and could share them with my classmates. We also had measures that we had to keep so here is my sketch with some samples (pardon the horrible quality).
The weaving itself was a joy. I enjoyed every bit of it and it went much faster than I had anticipated. Some said they had sore backs/shoulders/bottoms the next day but I didn’t get any of that. If I ever should have a larger space of my own I shall definitely buy myself a loom too.
At first I put the finished rug in the bedroom where it fit perfectly between the wall and the bed and it stayed there for quite a while. Until a couple of months ago I needed to take photos of it for my portfolio so I brought it to our living room and now it stays there. I quite enjoy looking at it. The edges are somewhat wobbly but I think it’s due to different materials, some were a lot more stretchier than others. I don’t mind.
Both ends got a fringe too for the last finishing touch. I really did enjoy weaving and the thought that I could reuse something purposely. Although many rug materials that you can buy are also scraps from fabric industry so it would have been not bad either.
So what does everyone think? I’m happy for my first rug. No idea when I’ll be able to make another one but we’ll see, there will be the time.
This is the thing, kind of edible jalapeno. Not my favourite kind of food but interesting looking enough to try and make it into amigurumi. I googeled a little bit t find the closest colour of yarn from my stash and found out I really have only a few greens. So this is as close as I could get, perhaps a bit too dark and cold shade but recognisable, I figure.
It’s a simple little figure. I worked it from the wider end toward the thinner and then added the stem part later. I didn’t use a pattern but made it up on the go instead. The yarn I used didn’t have the label anymore but I’m pretty sure it was HP Garn Love Garn, it’s a nice 100% cotton. The hook was an old soviet time hook that didn’t have a size marked on but my guess is it was somewhere between the 1-1.5 mm range. I stuffed it with some spare wool I had left from my thesis.
Once again I got some reassurance that old hooks and amigurumi don’t match. At least not in my hands. They are simply too thin and long. Perhaps for some lace etc they would work better. So far my favourites are Japanese-made that are shorter and have a nice soft grip (Clover Amour and Soft Touch).
Next in the alphabet is K and this time it would be a live organism. Any guesses who would come up? Hit follow and don’t miss out! Maybe there will be some non-crochet crafts meanwhile.
This next post is about stuff I made in school. I try and post them chronologically so whatever I made first comes first (or as similar as I can remember). I realise I have already shared some about my studies but mostly only exercises and no real projects. So this is about sewing.
At first we made a small bag in school similar to the one that we later had to do at home in full size.
It was a small lined pouch that I later used for pens and pencils and other stuff I needed in school. I lined it with a vintage polka-dot fabric. I choose them from what I had brought with me. In some schools you get the supplies from there but then you also have to leave the products. I’m glad we got to keep everything.
In the instructions the larger bag was very similar to this one, also including a flap and a long handle. It kind of looked like a laptop bag and some really did make themselves one. I decided to flip it portrait instead of landscape and didn’t use the flap or the long handle either. I made a backpack instead. Here is a rough draft of this one where you can also see the lining print which is not visible anywhere else including other details.
The main fabric is a thicker sort of cotton and the lining (again vintage) much thinner. I also added floral welts to the seams inside, some cotton lace and cotton straps. Metal buckles I got from an old bag. They fit perfectly for both the straps and the bag, I was surprised really.
I love neutral and gray colours and I also like the pop of colour. Yellow and gray go together really nice and altough I have now had the bag for more than a year I still love it. It’s the perfect size for everyday use and cycling around but also just fits A4 sized papers if necessary.
Not the best picture but gives some sense of the size. It has no pockets but I don’t really miss them either. It’s this kind of perfect size bag that nothing gets lost in it because you can’t fit too much in there, just the necessities.
I’m planning on making more of them. I want to try pockets whether on the outside, the sides or inside. Also I want to see if I still remember how to make one. But this one is not bad for the first try, eh? Let me know in the comments what you think!
Next post will be crochet related again to continue the amigurumi alphabet.
Hello again! Long time no see! As the matter of fact I was in school studying textile works for two years and I barely had time to do anything else. I’m also planning to show some of my work here too, I already have pictures taken of most of them for my portfolio that I had to assemble for my thesis defense. This much about the general future.
Coming back once again I have also decided to keep my English and Estonian sites separately. You can find the link to my new Estonian blog (https://hipikaktus.wordpress.com/) at the top right corner of your screen. Also if you happen to find yourself over there there’s a link back here on the exact same place of that page. I also changed the name of this one to Hipikaktus as well, the blog address would be the same as always but the name would be new, same in both languages. What do you think? Does it read as well in English as I think it could (hippie cactus)? All feedback is welcome!
I try to keep them both as similar as possible, hence the theme change, but there might be some occasional posts in one language only if I for some reason feel it would be irrelevant in one case or another.
First of all before coming back I was wondering where to start. After taking a look at my blog I realised I had an unfinished project going on here. Amigurumi alphabet, the stashbuster project. This means I am not allowed to buy any new yarns for it but I have to say amigurumis don’t really take that much either. I might have to come up with a next one some time later. Any ideas?
Anyways, here comes the ice cream. As I realised H was last and I is next and my notes said it’s ice cream, in knew I had it already done. So I don’t really have that many details in my mind about it but I’ll do my best.
As much as I can remember, the cone/cup is made of cotton and milk protein fibre mix yarn and the cone is some strange strechy-fuzzy synthetic yarn. I believe I used either 1.75 or 2.23 mm hook and the cone is stuffed with fibrefill. The pattern I found is from Crochet Cake Sachets.
The next up is J, any ideas what it might be? I can at least say it’s edible (somewhat). Actually I have J and K both already finished so I already know the answer and this also means the next two posts will be here rather sooner than later.
Don’t miss out!
PS! Kes mõtleb, miks ainult inglise keeles, siis tegin eesti keelsete postituste jaoks eralid lehe: https://hipikaktus.wordpress.com/,