Weaving on a Stick


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This perfect stick was sitting on the sidewalk in front of our house for a few days.

I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

That Y would be great for a little bit of weaving, I thought.

And when I came across this collection of pictures of weaving on a stick, I knew I had to do it. (The originals are apparently from 3191 Miles Apart, but I can’t find a search on their blog!)

Today was the day. Weave on a stick to bring some nature in.

How to Do Weaving on a Stick stick for weaving

First, you need a stick. Go outside and get one.

Of course a Y-shaped stick is ideal for this process, but it doesn’t have to be even at all. I like that this one is dramatically off-kilter. warp threads stick weaving

For the warp, I used some lengths of yarn that had been used to tie a hank of yarn together, so they’re basically scrap. They were already tied with huge ugly knots, which I just left.

I tried the strand to the bottom of the Y and wrapped it around until I was about to the top of the short end of the Y. It happened that I ran out of yarn in a good place to tie it to the stick. weaving on a stick

The weft on this project is a bit of leftover yarn (which you don’t quite get the feeling of as well as you do in the original project I knit with it). How much you need will depend on the size of your stick, but I think I used less than a full arm’s length. I tied it to the bottom, but then tied the ends to itself when I was done weaving.

I used a big plastic yarn needle as my shuttle, to make it easier to get into the tight spaces. weaving on a stick

This is a wobbly, messy project that requires surrendering to where the yarn wants to go. At least it did for me.

I love projects like this where you don’t really think, just let intuition and the physical memory of how to make a thing take over.

That’s the best kind of creativity to me.

I feel like I need to hang this somewhere or do something else with in. Maybe it can dangle from my yarn curtain.

Does this sound like a fun project to you? I’d love to know if you try it out, and if you share pictures be sure to tag me with #ourdailycraft.

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