I love to constantly find different materials at home to weave mini woven pieces, because they allow me to reuse materials that have been around loose or stored for years, abandoned in a drawer, such as cardboard, old notebooks, wool scraps, wood scraps, etc.
But what I like most about these little discoveries is the range of possibilities that arise before me.
I’m serious! When you discover that you can weave on almost anything is when creativity really takes off, when you connect dots from completely different areas of your life and truly innovative creations appear.
The project is precisely that, that you reuse what is out there in disuse, but especially that you are able to reinvent it.
I assure you that from this point of view, the possibilities are not only infinite, but also unexpected!
So I invite you to give it a twist, forget for a while about the pin loom and the balls of yarn that you are hoping to use for a project and venture into this creative exercise: Weaving on colored cardboards.
- Print the template: 4×4 weaving cardboard.
- Piece of Cardboard / cardboard of about 250 g of thickness, of the color that you have, in a minimum size of 6×6″. You can use the covers of old notebooks, they are ideal!
- Wool remains. The DK or Worstead thickness is ideal due to the separation between holes that the template of this exercise has, but you are completely free to try the thicknesses you want.
Wool needle. Ideal for it to be pointed (not blunt).
- Pair of scissors
- Masking tape
- Surface to support to make holes (cushion, soft fabric etc.)
- Surface to support for weaving (notebook, piece of wood, etc.)
In the spreadsheet you will find detailed instructions for making the holes and then weaving. Follow the step by step instructions but, above all: try, play, experiment freely!
Now, the template was designed to weave in the size of a 4×4″ pin loom (Zoom Loom, Weave-It, PerfectCouple) so what is even more fun is that you can use the patterns you have available for these looms and they will turn out perfectly.
You don´t have them? No problem, you can now download the STRAND MUSIKK stitch pattern from the 30 Patterns book, for FREE. Here below you can see the sample that I knit from that pattern.
So, let´s begin.
1.- With the printed template in hand, cut the segmented lines.
2.- Place the printed diagram on the cardboard, join them with masking tape. Then place both over a cushion or soft blanket.
3.- Make holes in the middle of each black circle with the needle.
4.- When finished, remove the printed diagram and the masking tape.
MAKING THE WARP
Follow these instructions to start warping:
- Thread the needle with any color (2 meters long), leave a 5 cm tail and tie a double knot. Pass the needle yarn from back to front through the pink circle until the knot stops you.
- Then pull the yarn down and pass it through the hole in the bottom left corner. Then pass it to the front through the second hole.
- Pull the yarn up and continue repeating this sequence until you complete 31 warp lines (as shown in blue).
MAKING THE WEFT (Weaving!)
Follow these instructions to start weaving:
- After the warp is finished, you can continue the weft layer with the same color or change it.
- In the same way that you made the warp, going in and out through the holes, now you weave. Do not forget to go under, over, under and so on, achieving a taffeta or basic weaving fabric.
- Look at the first picture, it is the reverse side of the cardboard, likewise the weft will remain, but instead of segments of wool at the top and bottom (blue), they will be on both sides (pink, in this case).
- If you rather use a pattern, check out my books at the links (above) or download the Strand Musikk pattern (above).
- Think before starting, the project you want to do. Position the template exactly where you want on the cardboard, since once you start making the holes you will no longer be able to change it.
- Remember that you can change colors as many times as you want. You are free to try color yarns and different thicknesses.
- Always check the tension while weaving. Help yourself with the comb to order the weft and thus stretch the threads that are very loose.
Now that you know how to weave on cardboard, venture further and find creative ways to use them as decoration or gift them to someone special, who will value something handmade and give it the care it needs.
Here are some ideas:
- Decorative paintings
- Coasters (you can laminate the entire piece)
- Birthday, Christmas card, etc.
- Hand-bound book cover
Did you like this project? You can write me for any questions!