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Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving

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What started with a project for my daughter has become quite an obsession with me.

Weaving is a beautiful, calming hobby that is a creative endeavor for those of all ages.

It allows for a wide assortment of materials. The possibilities are endless.

Here are a few things I've tried to get you inspired.

Step 1

You need to decide what you want to use for your loom. I use paper plates for circles (which make great coasters), unique Y branches for wall art and cardboard rectangles for wall tapestries. You could also try using embroidery hoops and single sticks gathered in the center.

Step 2

Now, you need to add your choice of yarn or string to your loom. This is the material that will be stationary on your loom and what you will be weaving through. If you are using a plate or cardboard you will want to make small slits going all the way around your circle and on both sides of the cardboard. Knot the ends of the string when you begin and end. Using a Y branch simply means that you will be winding your material back and forth between the branches creating small Vs. On embroidery hoops, I take small pieces of string and make individual lines across the hoop, knotting each, making a star pattern as I go. When I am done I tighten the top hoop over the bottom hoop so the loom strands will not move. Experiment with your materials! There is no right or wrong way to do this.

Step 3

It's time to start weaving. I usually lay out the materials I want to use, being thoughtful of my color palette and mixing in different textures. Start by going in and out each of your loom strings. Then change it up to create a more interesting look. Go over two and under two strings, then back to one again. I use my fingers instead of a needle for much of my weaving, but for smaller projects I cut a small straw's end with a slit and wind my string through. This is also a great needle for kids to weave as there are no sharp parts. I also like to use different amounts of material. Sometimes I'll make small weaving strips and sometimes I'll make wide strips. Each time you change string, simply knot it to the next string you will be using.

Step 4

When you are finished with your weaving, tuck the last string behind and it is time to enjoy it. If you are making a weaving using a plate and want to make coasters, simply and carefully take your weaving off of your plate and tuck the loom strings underneath, or glue a piece of felt to the back. If you are using a cardboard loom for a tapestry, carefully take it off and cut the strings that were down the back in the middle. Attach the top strings to a dowel or stick and leave fun fringes on the bottom .

Now, set your weaving on a table or hang it on a wall. I guarantee it will be a conversation piece and you will enjoy looking at your handiwork.

Then it's time to start a new one.

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