I worked on this by the light of a window during the days we had no power following the hurricane.
Twig Off-Loom Weaving Tutorial
- Twigs: I selected those that were from the tips of branches so each had one snapped end and one end with buds.
- Large piece of carboard: Size depends on size of final weaving. Mine was about 2.5 x 2.5 feet square. Mine was 3 layers of corrugated cardbaord. Other types work as well.
- Xacto knife or single edge razor blade
- yarn or string for warp
- 5 minute epoxy
- Branch clippers- small
- Gather a supply of twigs and small branches.
- On both the top and bottom edge of your cardboard, use a ruler and make marks every 1/4". For my weaving I made the markers to cover a space 8" wide.
- Use a sharp tool and slice down into the cardboard about 1/2" at each marking.
- Notice the ridges of the cardboard run vertically. This is important.
- Take the weaving yarn or string and stretch from top to bottom of the cardboard loom securing it in the slices just cut.
- Wrap the warp around the back, down to the bottom, through a slot and up to the top into the next slot.
- Again, wrap around the back. to the bottom, through a slot, up to the top......
- Continue wrapping until all slots are filled.
- Take a twig and starting at the bottom weave it through the strands of yarn using a classic over one - under one - over one weave pattern.
- Once it is through all of the warp strings, cut it leaving 1-2" extending from both ends.
- Take a second twig and weave it through alternating the under over pattern. If you went under a string on the last pass, go over it with this twig.
- When it is through all the warp strings, cut the end and press it down as close as possible to the first twig.
- Continue weaving twigs through the warp.
- Create interesting designs by alternating the curve of a branch occasionally.
- If you have branches with interesting seed pods or twists work those in as well. Because I was using oak branches I had twigs with partially developed acorns on them and I worked carefully in placing those. They were definitely harder to weave through the threads but worth it.
- Continue weaving twigs until you have reached the desired size, or until there is no more room on the loom.
- Flip the weaving over and cut the warp strings on the backside right at the middle of the loom.
- The weaving will be very lose so don't move it around. Let it separate from the loom and lay flat on a work surface. You will have to pry the strings out from the slots on the loom but do so gently so as to not distort the weaving.
- Mix up a batch of 5 minute epoxy according to package instruction.
- With the back side of the weaving facing up, and using a tooth pick, carefully apply a dab of epoxy between each warp string and the bottom most and top most branches.
- I repeated this step with the second branch on each end as well.
- I also repeated it on the side ends of several of the larger branches in the middle of the weaving.
- Leave it to dry.
- This step keeps the weaving from coming apart. Twigs make a relatively loose weave and you don't want your handy work to come undone.
- Using branches in 3-4 different diameters, cut little disks of wood. Mine were about 3/4, 1 and 1 1/2" in diameter.
- This is for embellishing the bottom fringe. The warp strings hang better if they have some weight attached to them and there are many options - beads, stones, buttons. I chose to make wood disk buttons.
- Drill two small holes on each opposite side in each wooden disk. It needs to be large enough to thread two warp strings through.
- Using a dental floss threader, thread the bottom strings through the wood slice holes. I put two threads through each hole.
- I threaded in one and out the other on each wood slice. The two holes allowed the beads to hang straight.
- My holes were tight enough that I didn't need to knot the string. You might need to if your warp yarn isn't textured.
- Adjust the wood slices to different heights. Some might have two disks.
- Use an Y branch joint to craft a branch hook for hanging the wall hanging.
- Knot the top warp strings together to fit over the hook.
And find a perfect place to hang it!
Previous posts of interest: I have done a lot with branches!
- Branches • Odds 'n ends
- Branches in Fiber Arts
- Branches • A Coat Tree • Literally
- Branch Motif in Doors
- Branch Like -Shelving
- Branch Lighting
- Branches • Reshaped!
- Branches • In Bed!
- Branches • Stacks of Sticks
- Branch Whimsy
- Branches • Birch Centerpiece
- Branches • Sliced
- Branches is the Round • Wreathes, Etc.
- Branches Framed
- Putting Branches to Use • Shelf Supports
- Putting Branches to Use • Branch Hooks
- Red Dancing Sticks • DIY for the Winter Garden
- White Winter Branches
- Start With a Branch
- Collecting Branches and Twigs
- Winter Branches • A Source of Inspiration
And the overview I assembled for easy future reference.....
©2012 Ashbee Design, Marji Roy
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