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8 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Popsickle weaving

    • 4. Weaved Necklace

    • 5. Ojo De Dios

    • 6. Air Dry Clay

    • 7. Paper Weaving

    • 8. End

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About This Class

In this quick class students will be introduced to the basic technique of weaving.  Through a handful of class projects I will be sharing inspiration on using basic waving to create different weaving works of art.

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Vesna Taneva-Miller

Artist, crafter, DIY-er


I am a mixed media artist working mostly with watercolors, textiles and often with recycled materials.  My work has been published in over a dozen Stampington & Company publications.  I have taught kids classes at the Vision Gallery in Chandler, AZ as well as volunteer for Art Masterpiece at my kids' school.  For more about me here are some links: blog - www.StitchPlayInAZ.com  IG: @vesnatanevamiller  Etsy: www.StichPlayShop.etsy.com 

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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to my mixed media weaving class. This is a short little class that will get you introduced to some basic weaving techniques will make five different projects that are fairly simple and fairly easy, and they don't require any complicated materials. Most likely, you should have all the supply that home. But I'm hoping that in this short little class you'll get inspired to get started on your weeding journey and hopefully something make something bigger than what we're gonna do in this class. Let's talk about supplies in the next video and let's get started. 2. Supplies: It's a real quick. I wanted to talk about supplies and for the most part, the projects that I'm sharing in this class. Um, very, fairly simple. And you should be able to find something in your house that you can use since I'm sharing several different projects. So just real quick, you will need some Popsicle sticks. You can also, if you don't have any. You can also substitute that for some twigs that you can find out in nature. You will need some cardboard thistles. Look from packages. Just has to be slightly thick so it can withstand the leading part. When finally you're meeting your leavings, Uh, you will need some yarn. This are just craps you won't need very much because most of the projects in this class are very, very small. And you won't need a whole lot of yarn. Maybe 23 feet at the most of each type of you are so left over. Yarn is perfect for this. You will need some air dry clay. I meet a little frame out of that in the class you will see later in the projects you will need ah weaving your needle or yarn needle. Um, just the plastic thick. Something that you can get their urine through. Um, we're gonna make a weeding out off paper. I'm using watercolor paper, but if you don't have that, that's okay. Just gets, um, maybe card stuff, something thicker. And then some watercolors can be really anything. You can use markers and then kind of diluted with water. Just something to call in the paper. Eso Fairly simple. For the most part, I hope you have something in your house that you can use. So you have to make a trip to the store to buy special supplies. Let's get started. 3. Popsickle weaving: for this little project. We're going to make our own frame out of Popsicle sticks, and then we're gonna wrap some yarn around it to create our weaving. Um, I'm also decorating my popsicle sticks with little things that I found around the house I used Initially I used stamps, but I realized that not everybody has stamps. So I did kind of curve a little cork wine cork that I found this little phone beat or something. And, um, I'm really trying to encourage you here to look at things in your home with a new set of eyes and think of how they can make patterns to make your project more interesting. So once you decorate your popsicle sticks, you will make a frame out of him, Liam two on the bottom, and then the other two would go across on top. I am using a hot glue gun to securing together, but you can use just a regular Elmer's Blue something like something like this. You'll just have to wait a little bit for it to dry and get secure. Um, I'm using here crow. She a very think rochet thread to make what's called the Warp which is the string or the yarn debt, your wrapping around your frame or your loom And then we're gonna use yarn Teoh to leave. I'm starting on popping. I'm just gonna make a little a little not here just to secure my thread and then I'm just gonna wrap around. So I'm going from on the top over the bottom and then over the top. Then I'm gonna cut it, and I'm going to secure it again. I'm just gonna make another little Not so now that we have wrapped, um, are a string of a along our friend Want to start weaving and I'm using just bunch of little leftover yarns. Since this is such a small project, you really don't need anything big. So we're gonna start by weaving yarn through the war that we created, and to kind of make it easier for you. I'm I'm gonna stick a Popsicle stick right on the needed because there's an upper and a lower, um, string of this. So I'm just gonna stick it like that because we're only gonna leave the yarn through the top off the street, not the bottom. So if that helps you to put like a Popsicle Stick on the needed to differentiate. You can do that and we're gonna tie. I'm gonna tie the yarn here to begin Just a regular just moved. And I'm gonna cut maybe about three feet of this. I think this is such a small project. Okay, I want to tie them there. And so I'm gonna go, um, up and down through the strings that I've wrapped here. First, I'm gonna go on the need here and then over the next time and then under and then over and under. No. Okay, so now at the end here, we're just gonna do the opposite. So we're gonna since the yarn ease under on the last little post, we're gonna go over and under and over under, and we're just gonna keep on doing that until we decide to switch yard or we're out off, we're out of yarn, and you can push it down just like that. So here I am. I have come to the end off sort of the end of this yarn, but I'm not gonna wait until the very end. I am actually going to change, um, my yard and it just a simple You're just going to tie the two years together in a knot for Taiwan to the other. Just like that, you can double not if you wish to make it more secure. And then what you're gonna do is now you're gonna continue with the other yarn. And since we're not making, uh, a masterpiece here, we're just gonna having fun with this small little weaving. You can actually kind of cut it where you tied the knot and then just continue with the with the new yon. And again, you don't need a whole lot here, maybe a couple off a couple of feet, because this project is not very big. Another thing that I wanted to mention is, uh, to not be afraid to play with the texture of different yards. So far, I kind of used similar sighs yarn, although some of it has like, little sparkles in it. But I think for this last little bit, that's left on my can. You loon here. I'm gonna use something a lot thicker just to kind of break the the texture and add a little more dynamic, little more visual appeal in different texture to my little weaving here. So I've tied my last year that I'm gonna use him excited to the previous one when I turned tail behind. And then I'm just gonna continue leaving. - Okay , so here the very end, I'm just gonna bring my, uh, yarn and I'm gonna turn my loom in the back and I'll just tie a knot to secure this loss. But a piece of yarn here at this point, if you want to, you can. And like a little hanging, you have to hang it. And you can just either tie it or decorated this you wish. 4. Weaved Necklace: Okay, So we are actually going to be using in this project, uh, little piece of cardboard to make our own room. This little piece of cardboard came from packaging. Um, you can use a cereal box, just something that it's a little more sturdier than just playing cards talk. You just need a little bit of thickness to it, because we're gonna cut little notches. And that's where we're gonna create our little loom for our little weaving. We're going to make a necklace on something like it's gonna be very small, something like these little pieces here. So I've got this. I'm not sure it's about 4.5 inches by probably, uh, 2.5 everything. You don't need to be precise and then would have done, um, using an Exacto knife. I have Hannah created little notches, so I marked them here. This little cutting Matt is already has some markings, and I don't know what the dimensions are because there's no numbers on it, but I've just kind of made little little marks that think they're about Ah uh, less than 1/4 inch or so. So many little marks like that. All across, then I'm also making a little line here. That's probably another Maybe 1/3 of an inch. I'm not sure like that and just drawn the lines all the way down. So I've done that on both sides, and then I'm going. And just with the Exacto knife, you me have to do it two or three times. But this line that have drawn across here, it's where I need to stop. So that way all over my kind of Even So I'm starting there, and I'm just kinda cutting to get through onto the other side. Okay, so I've done that all across. Have one ready here of them. They're all across and then on the other side, Next step we're gonna do we're gonna put the what's called the War on our little looms. So I'm this is gonna be my backside. And you can if you wish you can secure it with a tape or once you have everything, then you can tie it in a knot who would eventually cut it. So what you're doing, you're going. You're starting from the back and going up. I mean, from up, down. And then you just kind of wrapping around your little notches that you created in the back . And what are you? I usually kind of tie it loosely because eventually we are going to to cut it up, so it really doesn't matter. You're just trying to secure it, OK, But that assigned. And then I am also going to use a Popsicle stick just because it's kind of hard to get through before they are so just kind of creating a little bit of space. Their eyes it's a Popsicle. Stick is enough. And I'm do true's some yarn and you won't need very much maybe a couple of feet of, uh, each. I'm gonna tie it on this first and I'm gonna try to work in the middle. So I am. My little weaving is gonna be basically the middle third for this little room. I'm gonna leave probably about almost an intern. The bottom an inch on top. Uh, space, try it. I often time double not just the out of a habit you can single, not and then put a little bit of glue to secure it. And I'm going to use a young needle. I don't always use the needle Sometimes you're able to just weed with your hands. But the spacing on my war periods very small, so it's easier to use a needle. So again, up and down, I'm gonna go under an over and under and over. That's literally the basic little step leaving. And that's really all you need for this class. You just trying to be creative with something very basic, but make it unique and put your own little spin on at your own little mark. Um, to make the peace as creative as possible. So at the end, because I've ended on the this up, I'm gonna go under and then over I am going to change my yard. Now what do you this sparkly? It looks really nice diet. I'm gonna pull it here to the end. I'm gonna tie one more. Not Okay. So I've come to the end of my little leaving and I just kind of tied are not here. Just went live like that and like so cut it there. Call my stick here, and then what I'm gonna do in the back? I tied it, So I'm gonna cut those that and then I'm gonna cut everything in half here. You need to stick, and I'm gonna start pulling, pulling them all out from the top. I'm gonna do next. I'm gonna time. So I know I haven't uneven number. Here's I'm gonna tie these two than these two. Then this too. This last two. And then once I tied the last A tie the very last one with this, this one here, just tie it that I double knotted to make it more secure. As far as what to do with this little details that are hanging from where we changed our yard. There's couple of things. You can do it. You can cut it and put some glue on it to keep it secure. You can weave it in if you wish. Just you'll need a crash. A who just kind of leave it. We were through a little bit, so it doesn't show like that. ID. Appreciate hope. So maybe go through. I don't know, two or three. And then at that point, you can you can cut it, Theo. Things that I'm going to do to my piece here. Um, I am going to add some castles on the bottom. I'm gonna want to keep This is a top. So I'm gonna slice all of these pretty short the ones that going to be on top and then the ones that I'm gonna they're gonna be on the bottom. I'm gonna keep those. And when I had some castles to you So I've got a little pieces of yarn here to add a tassel . This are probably about seven inches, 17 interests or so So we're gonna, um, fold it in half and then would appreciate Hook. I'm gonna go into one of the little loops on the bottom, pull this through, and then I'm gonna pull the rest. That the two little tails and just gonna pull. Here's my little passell. And then a military, my tassels. Just a tiny bit number bottom. The one thing that remains to do is how to make that a little necklace on top. And I'm gonna get some ribbon and I'll show you how to do that. So for the Nicholas bored, I'm going to use, um this sorry silk ribbon. I get this room all local vendor, but you can You can go in Etc. And find some I've got about. I think it's about 30 inches long, and I'm trying to find the center here so divided in half, and I'm gonna open it a lot of them, this phrase. But I do like that. Afraid look, So I'm gonna put that kind of like here, but what I will do first, I'm gonna put a little bit of fabric glue just to secure it. I will stitch over it, but I just wanted to be a little more secure there. Turn it back and I'll do the same. And then I just put, like, regular regular threat on a needle, and I'm just gonna put some stitches, Just do embellish it and also make it a little that are more secure. 5. Ojo De Dios: so this weaving it's called or folded use or God's eye, and it's a traditional Mexican craft. They make this little kind of crossed weavings, and they're used in rituals to guard off evil while praying. So what I'm using here are some sticks that actually literally cut some branches from my tree in the backyard. And then what? I I glue them into a cross like shape here with the hot glue gun. If you're really good at giving, you can probably get away without gluing just by wrapped, starting to wrap their yarn around and therefore securing your sticks with the yarn. But I wanted to make this project easier on myself, so I glued it together in order to make my leaving easier. I'm going to use, um, scrapyards here that I have just left over. I am going to use some ribbon is well to embellish it. Those are some beads and charms. Just look around your house, see what you have on hand. No need to buy. You can probably invent things and making yourself But, um, this is just the basic supplies that we're gonna be using. So let me show you how I'm going to use three different colors and we'll start with, um, we'll start with this. Let's put everything else away. Use this one. So we'll start in the middle and I am going to wrap and make him not here. And then what I will do? I will wrap a couple of times on one side, maybe three, three or four times, and then we'll do the same on the other side of the cross. Just like that. This is what you would have done to secure your sticks together if you didn't use hot glue gun like I did to secure, to begin with. So that would basically secure them together. And then we're gonna start rapping. So I'm gonna start from you're in on the bottom here, and then we'll go over and then we're gonna cross over into the next arm of the stick, and so we're gonna go over and under once we go under and we're ready to go over this again , we actually gonna cross on the next time off the stick. So over and under. And once we come over, we're gonna go to the next star and over and under. We're just gonna keep that until we're ready to change colors or yarn. I'm going to use three different calls to make it more visually appealing. So again, over. I actually went over here that one over and came from under. Then when I come back up to go over, I'm going on the next arm off my cross. You It's what? This point, I think I want change yard and I will use this yard and what we'll do, we'll just basically cut a deal and then join this yard to the town. I'm just gonna make a not here, just like that. And so then I'll continue weaving, and it eventually it will switch to this next color yarn dextrose in here. So there. We don't see how it switched. It's easier to see with this a lighter color, the over under and over on the next arm. - Also , what you can do to hide your tail from when you joined your yarn is to just kind of align it with one of the arms of the cross, and then you just we've over, so it will not be noticeable at all. When you're ready to stop, you can just got a longer tail and then just gonna wrap it around and tie it. Okay, so now we're ready to embellish. And you can use, um, ribbon to embellish the ends, and you can add beads to it. I'm going to start with some living here. I'm actually gonna wrap the tail and hide it underneath here, So wrap around a few times, got it, tie it. You wouldn't leave a longer tail here cause we're gonna use this to kind of make a little hanging. I'm looping it like that. And then I'm just gonna keep on time from the top and I'm gonna tie with to secure it. We use a different color in the bottom, did for the bottom. Just can a cut and just let a little pies I'm gonna use a needle, needle and a thread stitched this little char in the middle. And the last thing I'm gonna do I'm actually going to kind of put some beads hanging on the side here. So I'm gonna use yarn. Just gonna tie the three little beads like bath. And then I'm gonna time on the side so they can hang. You can think of your own embellishment. This is just a fun little project that nothing that I've done you You don't have to do the same way. You could just think of your own little embellishment that you want to add to your little ojo de Dios, little waving. 6. Air Dry Clay: one of favors. Shapes is a circle, and this little weeding that we are going to be doing is going to be in a shape of a circle . So what I did to create my little sort of balloon, I used air dry clay. This is their dry clay. Um, just the kids Crayola brand. I kind of rolled, attainable, squished it down flat, and then I used the little skewer to probe the holes. I didn't have to wait about two days for it to dry. Um, so, uh, it may take longer if you live in a colder, poor human climate. But it was a couple of days here for me in Arizona to get it to be super super dry. So we're gonna we're gonna first create are sort of like a warp again. I'm using Cruciate did. And we're gonna go and wrap it around through the little holes. And after that, we're gonna start. Are grieving process just to start with, I am going to secure it with a tape in the back, but I will try it up. This will be a permanent weaving onto this little play. Um, we're not gonna take it out. We're just gonna let it sit there. So we're gonna make this permanent this Well, so in my little a Kuwaiti here, I do have 20 whole. So I am going to start. I'm just gonna pick a hole, and then I'm gonna content holes, and I'm gonna put my first work there on the opposite end of it. And then I'm going into the next one to the right, but through the lift here. So we're gonna go around that old away. Okay, So I wrapped it all the way around and this is the back and removed the removed the tape here, and then I'm just going to tie it in order to make it secure. Okay, so now we're ready to plan a rap here on this side and the principle of this. Same as if you were to we've on a regular, like a square loom or rectangular. We're gonna go over and under an over and under with whatever. Right? The yarn off choice. I'm going to start with this here. And since our project is not very big, when I'm gonna need very, very much so maybe like a couple, 23 feet of yarn Should should do it. So to start, I'm just gonna go on. They're all off all the, um, all of the thread that I've created this little room here, and I'm gonna tied in a knot just to kind of get get it separated and get it kind of Moore Street. Okay? And then I'm just going to pick, um, one of this little warps here and I'll go under and then over and under number. I'm gonna go like that all the way around. It does help for this project. Have a needle. There's some project that you can probably we've with your hands. But for this it's better if you have a needle eat meat tangle, so you may have to kind of stop and just pull a little bit at a time. Like so, what you can do with the tail. You can either tuck it under, you can put it. I usually cut it. And then I put a little bit of food to secure it. So this one I'm going to change yard on. And to do that, we will tie one yard onto the other. You're not so then we can slide it down. It just basically go. We're gonna start leaving with this young and cut this one. I'm going to print both pills and then I'm just gonna re thread my needle with new yarn and I'll just continue weaving, just like I've been doing so far. If you want to, you can kind of way kind of cut the not we can tried to tuck it under to hide it, But I think in my case, the urn will kind of blend together and he really won't be noticeably Wouldn't really be an issue. So toward the end of this piece of yarn and also I don't have much more room in this little 7. Paper Weaving: Okay, So for this weeding project, we're actually gonna be using paper. Wanna? We've with paper. So what I have here is a piece of watercolor paper. I'm going to create a watercolor wash. Um, and I'm actually gonna make two separate pieces of paper with contrast in color. And once that's done, we're going to tear him into strips and use the strips to make our weaving. So first, I'm gonna make a watercolor wash. I'm gonna use some some crayons to kind of make a little resist here. And after that, I'm just gonna splash bunch of watercolor soul over just to make my paper more colorful. Okay, so I had my paper dry completely. And then what I did, I went back with with a sharpie and add a few more marks like this little circles here, some scribble e lines. So what I'm gonna do next is I am going to cut my paper in one inch strips. Then I'm gonna tear those down in half because they do want to have a little bit of a texture on my strips. So when I have a cut by my paper cut, it's completely straight edged. Um But what I'm gonna do is go down the center and hear it in half. Because I do really like that little, um I'm even edged there. That shows some of the paper, white paper and the need. It's gonna create a lot more texture in a better visual effect once we start our grieving process. So I'm gonna do that with empires is two pieces of paper, and then I will show you how to We've all of that together. Okay, so we have all our strips cut. Um, and I know used watercolor paper here, and I added Marcin stuff, But keep in mind, you don't have to use watercolor paper. Magazine pages will work for this book. Pages will work as well. You can paint on them if you want to add color, or you can just leave them. Um, just there too long strips and then start weaving. So any paper really would work. Just be creative. I like I like to make my own paper decorate my own paper, but anything will work. So just have fun out there. So what we're gonna do next is I'm gonna line. Um, my would have been called the work in a, you know, regular weaving. So when a lineup strips vertically like that and I am going to use this masking tape just gonna secure him so they don't move around while I'm leaving Once, um, wants them with the weaving, I will show you how to put a little bit of glue to secure it. Or you can also take it to a sewing machines and some stitches for mawr. More decorations, more texture to it. The stitches will add nice little picture, especially use, like a contrast thread. Um, OK, so let's get going here. So I have the sticky side of the, um, off the tape up facing this way. Just because I want a line a line my strips up like that, Then I'll turn it over, and you don't really need to be precise. Just, uh, no space on my part, just about maybe 1/4 of an inch or so. So I'm gonna secure it down in the paper, and I'm gonna start my grieving process. So same principle here. We're gonna go under, over, under, over, under, over So and then for the second, um, seconds line of weaving, we're gonna do the opposite. So we're gonna have the paper under here. We're gonna have it over. Okay, so I think I'm done with the weeding part. So here's my ends on the bottom, and then I have the top there. So what I'm gonna do next just to secure this, um, and you can do different things. If you have a solo mission, you can totally run this and sewing machine. But if you don't, you can just go on the strips that are kind of on top. Just go behind and put a little bit of glue Do stick. Actually, this is just like a regular Elmer's glue. But you can use a glue stick, Ryan type of glue and just going to secure. You may have to hold it for just a little bit until it stays in place, and that's one way to secure it. Okay, so I've secured all the sides with the blue, but I think I'm gonna go on my son machine and that some stitches. I'm going to remove the paper from masking tape, Tom, and which should be pretty secure. It's It's not gonna fall apart. You can lift it and Like I said, you can leave it like this. Um, it'll be nice. A nice piece to frame. You cannot get a math and frame it or getting it cut pieces and using our journal. But looking at this very colorful piece right now, I think it will look really nice if it were to be mad at unframed. 8. End: So this is the end of the class, and I hope you had a chance to make some of the projects projects along the way with me. For more crafting inspiration, you can visit my block, which is www dot stitch play in easy dot com. You can also follow me on instagram under Vesna Kind of a Miller, um, should be able belong here or in the next light. Thank you so much for watching Appreciate your time. And if you have any questions or comments, if you want to share your project, please do so. Thank you so much.