I’ve been wanting to weave on a branch for years. That might sound strange to an ordinary person, but for this textile design geek it’s a perfectly normal dream! Since my windows of making-alone-time are far and few between, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time finding the perfect branch. I literally took this one out of the kindling box that was next to the fireplace. Speed of execution was more important than perfection for a change!
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~ a branch that has a “T” shape
~ yarn (I chose about 8 colors but you can do anything you want!)
~ pony beads (optional – I used pearl ones)
~ pom-pom maker– smallest size (or just use your own preferred technique)
~ First, paint your branch.
~ Next, wrap thread around to create your warp. I twisted then looped through to secure. It was still a bit loose and wobbly, but it fell into place once I starting making the weft (which is the yarn that weaves through the warp).
~ Then start weaving. Over and under. When you want to change colors, just cut it at the bottom and start again. I wove a few beads on one side. I thought maybe I should play up the asymmetry of the stick.
~ Tape loose threads as you go to the back. They get annoying when they are hanging out all over the place.
~ Make pom-poms. I did a half-half thing with mine. Make sure to leave the tail.
~ Lay them across the top of the branch to figure out the order. Now tie them to the top and trim the tails.
~ I wrapped some yarn around the point on the bottom and tied knots in the back.
Here is a short video on the process. It will help in seeing how I tied the warp, and how I dealt with the loose ends (weaving them back through).
~ Lastly, I tied a piece of yarn as a hanger (and added a few more beads to complete my asymmetry)!
This was a deeply satisfying craft for me. I want to make 20 and open an Etsy shop! I won’t, but I want to. Follow me on Instagram to see more of my new obsession!