Weave With Kids: Resources & Free Tutorial!

Teaching kids a craft is a great way for them to practice fine motor skills, their ability to focus, and – most importantly – patience!

Give them a break from their screens, and get them doing something tactile with their hands with our list of the best kid-friendly weaving products.

Harrisville Designs Potholder PRO

Taking one last road trip before school starts? Grab a potholder loom and a five-pound bag of sock ends to keep small hands busy while you drive!

Run out of rainy day activities? Small looms such as the Purl & Loop Wee Weaver and Schacht School Loom are perfect for learning the basics of weaving while making fun, small projects.

Free tutorial: weaving with kids - tooth fairy necklace project

Learn how to weave a toothy fairy necklace with our new free tutorial, which includes tips for helping kids in various age groups complete this project using the Wee Weaver!

Click here to get the free tutorial PDF when you sign up for our newsletter (if you’re already a subscriber, simply enter your email address to confirm & claim your free download).

We’d love to see your little one’s creations  – be sure to share photos using #thewoolery in your post!

All the Best,

Wave, Perri and the entire Woolery team

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Project Inspiration: Christmas in July!

It’s never too soon to start preparing for the holiday season, and today we’re rounding up some of our favorite small projects for felting and weaving holiday decor! Each one is perfect for beginners, and we even have a free step-by-step needle felting tutorial to get you started!

Free needle felted mitten ornament tutorial from The Woolery

These cute mittens couldn’t be any easier – you use a cookie cutter to create their shape! Click here to get our free tutorial PDF when you sign up for our newsletter (if you’re already a subscriber, simply enter your email address to confirm & claim your free download).

Needle felt Christmas ornaments and decor with these cute kits!

When you’re ready to expand your needle felting skills, try one of our everything-you-need kits to create festive decor and adorable ornaments! Shown clockwise from above left: FELTastic Santa Charm, WoolPets Ski Sheep, FELTastic Snowmen Charms, and WoolPets Snowmen. Each kit includes wool, a felting needle, and complete instructions to ensure stellar results.

Christmas Ornament Zoom Loom Kits

Create a trio of jolly ornaments with the DJE Handwovens Christmas Ornaments Kit. If you can sew a button, you can make these ornaments! Kit includes yarn and detailed instructions; Zoom Loom sold separately. Stuffing is not included so you can use the material of your choice: wool fleece, cotton fill, or even old nylon hose.

Find more quick Christmas projects here on our Pinterest board!

All the Best,

Wave, Perri and the entire Woolery team

Handspinning Inspiration: Adventures in Plying

Have you ever wondered what happens when you ply a commercially-spun yarn with handspun singles? This can be a fun, quick way to give new life to your handspun creations. Experimenting with leftover singles and yarns from your stash is a great way to see what works, without committing your time and resources to a bigger project. You might be surprised with what you discover!

Here are just a few ideas to try –  you can click the images below to enlarge!

1. Natural 3-ply: 1 camel/silk single + 1 mixed natural fiber single + 1 strand of commercially-spun cotton yarn (plied):

2. Sparkly 3-ply: 1 natural fiber single + 1 hand-dyed single + 1 commercially-spun sparkle yarn

3. Choose-your-ply Merino: 1 hand-dyed commercially-spun single ply merino + desired number of handspun merino singles. Below left is a 3-ply; below right is a 2-ply.

There are so many more possibilities you can explore, these are just a few ideas to get your creativity flowing!

You can also experiment with adding buttons, beads, sequins and other additives during the plying process to create unique art yarns. Click here to get our free tutorial PDF!

Whether you’ll be competing in the Tour de Fleece next month or just want to try something new, we hope your summer is filled with lots of sun and spinning!

All the Best,

Wave, Perri and the entire Woolery team

 

DIY Home Decor: Free Tutorial Round-Up

Now that warmer weather is here, we’re on the lookout for fun ways to keep crafting this spring! Most crafters have a lot of leftover bits and bobs from previous projects taking up space in their craft rooms – if the urge to spring clean has taken hold, you may find that you have more than you realized!

Luckily, there are plenty of clever ways to put these leftovers to good use. In the process, you can also give life to other everyday objects you may have lying around the house such as old jeans, empty plastic jugs, etc.

Here are a few of our favorite free tutorials for upcycling home decor this spring. Enjoy!

All the Best,

Wave, Perri and the entire Woolery Team

DIY Upcycled Fringed Basket

Add a splash of fringe to your craft room, or anywhere in your house! Our free DIY tutorial will show you how to upcycle an empty plastic jug to make a fun fringed basked with leftover yarn. It’s available for free to our newsletter subscribers, click here to claim your free PDF download.

Fringed Wall Hanging

Can’t get enough of the fringe trend? Learn how to weave a trendy fringed wall hanging with this free tutorial on the Schacht blog.

Upcycled Denim Rug

Rag rugs are a classic way to give old garments new life, and there are tons of great tutorials out there for weavers, hookers, and knitters to try. This blog post showing how to weave with strips of old denim piqued our interest; it would be a great technique for making one your own version of the gorgeous denim rag rugs spotted on Apartment Therapy!

Free tutorial - hygge handspun candle holder DIY upcycle home decor idea

Hygge Handspun Candle Holder

Hygge season may be long gone, but you can update your candle holder with bright, sunny colors of handspun yarn with this free tutorial!

Make Do & Mend: How to Give New Life To Well-Loved Garments

When your favorite garment has more holes than a slice of swiss cheese, do you toss it in the rag pile or trash can? Rips and tears near a seam are easy to repair invisibly, but a hole that’s front and center requires a little bit of ingenuity – here’s where the visible mending trend can come in handy.

Visible mending has become an art form unto itself by using a variety of materials and techniques to highlight what was once an imperfection in a garment, turning it into something unique.

Below, you’ll find some creative ways to reinvigorate your wardrobe with visible mending!

All the Best,

Wave, Perri and the entire Woolery crew

Fixing a holey sweater with embroidery - great visible mending idea from Hunter Hammersen!

Image by Hunter Hammersen, used with permission.

Knitwear designer Hunter Hammersen has been chronicling her process for repairing a holey sweater using colorful embroidery techniques.

Here, a pair of torn jeans have been mended using Sashiko, a traditional Japanese embroidery technique that employs repeating geometric designs.

A combination of fabric patches and Sashiko were used to mend these children’s garments on the Swoodson Says blog.

Find loads of visible mending inspiration here on the Tom of Holland blog; this excellent tutorial on the Sew Mama Sew blog will help you master the sewing techniques needed to embark on your own visible mending adventures with needle and thread.

Bonus: You can combine any of the techniques listed above with our latest tutorial, using Zoom Loom squares to patch holes in any garment – click here to download our free PDF!

Free PDF tutorial to mending holes using Zoom Loom squares as patches.

What are your favorite tutorials or techniques for visible mending? Leave them in the comments, or share your photos with us over on Instagram using #thewooleryshop in your post!

Guest Post: A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching with Liz Gipson

Liz GipsonWe’re pleased to welcome Liz Gipson of Yarnworker.com to our blog for a special guest post! Liz is a weaver, instructor and author – you may recognize her from Weaving Made Easy and Slots and Holes, or perhaps you’ve spotted her name on the pages of Handwoven Magazine or over at Knitty.com. 

Today, Liz shares some of the weaving inspiration behind her newest book, A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching.

All the Best,

Wave, Perri and the entire Woolery crew

The thing about writing a book is you don’t have time to fail slowly, you need to fail fast. With less than a year to get together a couple dozen projects and write the accompanying manuscript for my forthcoming book, Handwoven Home, I needed a way to test yarns, colors, setts, and finishes faster than even my rigid heddle could provide.

For years, I hunted for a small frame loom in the setts that I, as a rigid-heddle weaver, use—primarily 8, 10, and12. Occasionally, an 8 would pop up and then disappear again depending on the trends. A single size 8 did me some good, but I couldn’t compare the same-sized swatch in one sett vs. another.

Then I met Angela Smith of Purl & Loop. She was making the cutest little frame looms and I asked her if she could make me a set in closer setts. We talked about the wider issues, threw ideas back and forth, and the Swatch Maker Looms were born!

Purl & Loop Swatch Maker

We put these little looms out in the world and instantly I started getting questions about how to weave a swatch. At first I thought it was about the technique, but then I realized the questions had to do with the whole system: “How do you weave a swatch to get information to make your big loom life better?”

A Weaver's Guide to Swatching by Liz GipsonSo while I was writing the big book, I wrote a little book about the methods I use to get to a final finished project. That little book, A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching, shows you how to use a small frame loom to road test your bigger ideas. I talk about selecting sett; a bit about yarn for weaving; the tools you will need; the mechanics of how to set up, weave, and finish a swatch with lots of tips and tricks; and how to track results for future projects. It’s a tried and true method used by designers of all stripes. Start small. Dream big. Fail often. Do it again.

As summer approaches, swatching is the perfect way to take your weaving with you. I get my best ideas while I’m traveling and I no longer feel I’ll “lose” that idea; I can grab my loom and swatch it out.

It’s a joy to be on this journey and share it with my fellow weavers. You can find me online at yarnworker.com or on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Weave happy. Weave often. Just weave!

Give Rug Hooking A Try For National Craft Month!

Happy National Craft Month! Although we believe in celebrating year-round, the start of spring seems like a great time to explore a new craft. Why not give rug hooking a try?

Rug hooking is an accessible craft that is easy to master. It’s not only a useful skill, but quite relaxing, too! Even a novice can create an impressive work of art – just click here to download our free guide to get started.

This sometimes-overlooked craft has its roots in creating practical (yet beautiful) items for everyday use, but there’s no reason why you have to limit yourself to just making rugs. In the gallery below, we share some of the incredible must-make projects we’ve spotted on Pinterest to inspire you; click on each image below to view a larger version.

Featured Projects
Top Row, L-R: Sheep PortraitCow PortraitFloral Foot Stool.
Middle Row, L-R: Houses PurseGold Finch Pillow, Zen Doodle Pillow.
Bottom Row, L-R: Star CoastersSunflower Coasters, Fox Coasters.

If you’re totally new to the craft, we recommend starting with a project kit – we have a lot of options here on our site, but our Henny Penny rug hooking  kit (which was featured in our free guide) is 100% beginner approved!

Happy hooking, and be sure to share your projects with us on social media using #thewoolery in your post!

All the best,

Wave, Perri & the entire Woolery team