I’ve been wanting to try circular weaving for a while as I always see so many beautiful designs on Instagram, so I was very excited to see the latest Craft Box Club come through the post (https://craftboxclub.co.uk/)! Included in the box was:
- Embroidery hoop
- Cotton warp
- Chunky Merino yarn
- Wool roving
- Lolly stick
The first step was to use the hoop and the cotton string to create the warp for the wool to weave through around the hoop. As usual there was the link for the video tutorial inside the box. On the website it said that this was quite a long video and that the weaving would take about one to two hours, however I thought the video didn’t feel too long when I was watching, it was only about ten minutes. The project from start to finish probably took me around an hour and a half.
Once the warp had been strung it was time to get weaving. The video and handy hints guide recommended a tight weave at the centre to start off, becoming looser as you move further out and add in the roving to create texture. One of the parts I liked was the suggestion of not weaving round the whole circle every time, but just covering a segment of the hoop by going back and forth over the same few warps, rather than round and round. One of the things I didn’t like was the bulky bit in the middle where the warp is showing. I don’t think this can really be helped as the cotton string has to cross over in the centre, but I’d like it to be more hidden.
After finishing off the edge of the hoop with the roving the last thing to do was create the rosette bit at the side with big loops of wool. When I first watched the video showing how to achieve this look I wasn’t convinced that it was going to hold in place, but once I started packing the wool in between the warps it gradually became more secure.
This was such a great taster of circular weaving. I like weaving anyway, but it was nice to have a go at doing something different with it. I have plenty of embroidery hoops hanging around so I might have to have a go at creating a larger version!