“My mind is constantly occupied with finding time to weave. As a novice, I haven’t quite developed a defined style yet, but I find joy in experimenting with color and shape. Recently, I decided to try my hand at round doodle weaving using an embroidery hoop! Without following any specific instructions, I allowed my creativity to lead the way as I embarked on this project. Although I am sure there are more refined techniques, I simply used tape, yarn, and a glue gun to create my masterpiece. While there may be better methods, I embraced the freedom of improvisation in my weaving process.”
For more in-depth instructions, see my first doodle weaving here. I used the same technique.
And if you want to see a short video, click here to watch my Instagram reel.
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Supplies needed for round doodle weaving:
~ Yarn in different colors and weights (you can go to a craft store or buy online – cheap yarn is just fine)
~ Wooden embroidery hoop (I used an 8-inch hoop)
~ Masking tape
~ Pom-pom maker (optional)
How to make a round doodle weaving:
1. To set up the warp (the vertical threads), I began by cutting numerous threads and then proceeded to tape them to the sides of the hoop. I opted for an intuitive approach rather than precise measurements. Additionally, I loosely taped the hanging threads to the side, which is why it may appear that there is an abundance of tape.
2. Start weaving. Anything goes, here. Refer back to my first doodle weaving post for more explicit instructions. Just start and end underneath. And use a fork to push down the weft (those are the horizontal threads).
3. I employ a “shoelace” technique while weaving, which involves wrapping the end of the yarn with a piece of tape to make it easier to weave. This approach comes in handy since I couldn’t locate my plastic weaving needles, and my eyesight isn’t sharp enough to thread the needle accurately. Fortunately, this technique works exceptionally well for me, as it is both quick and easy to use.
4. You don’t have to go from bottom to top when doodle weaving. You can start anywhere and move around until it’s all filled up. I eventually want to weave like I would draw, but for now I instinctively go bottom to top. You can also go back in and fill spaces if there are gaps. The fork really helps to make it all tight.
5. When finished, I pulled off the blue tape that I used to loosely hold the ends, but I left the tape that holds the warp. I made sure you couldn’t see it when placing the outer hoop over the inner hoop. Tighten the outer hoop as tight as you can.
6. Trace the hoop onto a piece of felt with a pencil.
7. Hot glue the felt to the back. This is a really easy way to finish the weaving so you don’t have to deal with all the ends!
8. Make a pom-pom to cover the little knob on top of the hoop. Add a piece of wire to hang!
Voila! Don’t forget to watch the video!
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