December 12, 2013

Hand Woven Ring

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MakeshopRingHand Woven Ring

Here is an idea for a make-your-own holiday gift that is quick and cute! Using your own finger as a loom, you can learn the basics of weaving to make beautiful rings that are literally HAND woven! Use different yarns in beautiful colors to show all your friends how much you love them.

Plastic or round-tipped sewing needle

Weaving 101: Warp + Weft = Weave
All woven materials have warp threads and weft threads. The warp is the part the base layer that you lay out first. The weft is the part that is sent through the warp to create a weave.

Step 1:  Wrap Your Warp.WovenRing2
Wrap yarn LOOSELY around your finger several times. We suggest 3 to 6 to start. The more times you wrap, the wider your ring will be. (Wrap it loosely, because the warp is going to “shrink” when you send the weft through in Step 2. If it’s not loose enough, you’ll end up with a ring that’s too small!)

The loose yarn loops on your finger should be parallel, meaning they should go in the same direction and be the same distance apart at all points. This layer of loose, parallel loops is your warp.

Step 2: Weave Your Weft
Snip about an arm’s length of yarn and thread it through the eye of your plastic needle. This long thread will be your weft.

Send the weft thread alternately over and under the warp threads. These weft threads will WovenRing3run perpendicular to the warp threads, meaning they will cross it at “right” angles or 90° angles.

When you reach the end, send the weft thread back through in the opposite direction. Alternate which threads you go over and under, so that you go over threads you previously went under, and under threads you previously went over.

Keep doing this until you have woven all the way around your finger. Scoot the threads closer to each other from time to time using the tip of the plastic needle so that the weave doesn’t have gaps. If you want to, you can rotate the whole thing on your finger, so that you can get those hard-to-reach spots more easily.

Step 3: Finishing the Ring
If you cut the ends off right now, the ring will be finished, but it might not hold together very well. To keep it from unravelling, just weave the loose ends into the ring, too. Clip the ends so that they’re approximately 1″ long. Let them hang a moment.

Find where this loose end would fit neatly into the weave pattern, then slip the tip of your needle through that spot. Weave just the needle over and under, then pause with it held in the weave.

Thread the needle now and pull it the rest of the way through! This tucks the ends together and makes the whole ring more secure.

Once you master the basics, get creative! Try different colors. Try different materials: instead of yarn, experiment with jewelry wire, twine, ribbon or fabric strips. Make it yourself and make it your own!

Instructions and images courtesy of The MAKESHOP Show

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