My mind is constantly trying to fit in time to weave. I am such a novice, and don’t really have a style, but I love playing around with color and shape. This time I tried a round doodle weaving using an embroidery hoop! I didn’t follow anybody’s instructions, I just made it up as I went along. I am sure there are better ways to do this, but I just used tape, yarn, and a glue gun.
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. Set up the warp (these are the vertical threads). I did this by cutting a whole bunch of threads and then taping them to the side of the hoop. I did not measure, just eye-balled. I also loosely taped the hanging threads up to the side which is why it looks like there is so much 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 use a “shoelace” technique when weaving whereby I wrap the end of the yarn with a piece of tape so that it’s easier to weave with. This is because I cannot find my plastic weaving needles. But it’s also because I can’t see well enough to thread the needle. This technique works really well for me. It’s quick and easy.
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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