Weaving Circles // Warping and weaving on a circular frame loom // Tiny Tutorial

Weaving Circles // Warping and weaving on a circular frame loom // Tiny Tutorial


hi guys welcome my name is Felicia from
SweetGeorgia and I wanted to record this short little demonstration on how
to get started with weaving with a circular frame loom now in the previous
videos that we’ve done i’ve showed you the techniques for doing plain weave
tabi for doing sumac braids for doing all
sorts of different stitches with that frame loom weaving technique now we have
always done it on a horizontal frame loom and I wanted to show you how you
could do the same kind of thing with a circular frame loom this loom happens to
be not really a loom this loom happens to be an embroidery hook that I picked
up from a local craft store it was very very inexpensive I think I think the the
embroidery hoop was like 2 dollars or something like that but it’s just a very
simple very plain bamboo embroidery hoop so I have one here that I’m going to
show you how to warp up now this one is significantly bigger than this one but
the same principles apply so what I’m gonna do here is you’ll need your hoop
you’ll also need some yarn to use as your warp I’m using some 4 8 cotton here
8 for cotton and this cotton is just kind of like us fingering weight cotton
and the idea is that it’s not really stretchy that it would be very very good
at holding its shape and everything the one that I used here is cotton same
twine you can also use that it just doesn’t happen to be very handy right
now so I’m just gonna use this and then you’ll need something to sort of wrap
your warp yarn around something like a small shuttle if you have it a tongue
depressor if you have it a popsicle stick
maybe yeah just something very very small I just happen to have this this
chibi case which is like a needle case at a knitting needle case and so I’m
just gonna use this I’m just gonna wrap my yarn around this and use this kind of
like a tiny little shuttle and you’ll need a pair of scissors so the first
thing I do is I take my embroidery hoop and I just loosen the outside and
these I know so I’m only gonna be warping the inside of this hoop and then
when it’s warped then I’m gonna put the outer ring back on it so the first thing
to figure out is how much yarn do you need to warp this so looking at this
loom here it looks like there are about from the top to the bottom there are
about 12 to 15 spokes so that means that you’re probably going to have about 30
sections all around but since we’re winding from top to bottom in all cases
we only really need to measure enough for 15 15 wraps so what I’m gonna do
here is I’m gonna do about the same I’m gonna hold my yarn up here and then I’m
just gonna wrap 15 times okay I’m gonna wrap 17 times just to
give a little bit extra yarn and if there’s too much I can always cut it off
later so now I’m going to take the yarn off the hoop but as I take it off the
hoop I’m going to wind it around my little shuttle here okay great so now
that you have all of your yarn round on to this tiny little shuttle take the end
of the yarn that you have and I’m just gonna tie a knot around the hoop okay so
it looks like this so far so now what I’m going to do is I’m going to wind the
yarn around the hoop and I’m going to interlace it so I’m gonna go into the
middle with my little shuttle and around to the outside of the hoop like so and
then into the middle and around to the outside of the hoop and then going to
the opposite edge and then into the hoop and then outside I’ll do a few so you
can see what’s happening here so I’m going into the hoop and then taking the
yarn on the outside of the hoop and then coming back in and then putting the yarn
inside the hoop again and then coming around the outside and as I’m warping
this I’m trying to go about one inch apart so I’m trying to position the warp
threads about an inch apart so this is why you probably don’t want a shuttle
that is too big for holding your warp threads because you need it to go in and
out of this embroidery hoop so if you need to shuffle and adjust you can move
your strands around try to make them evenly spaced if at all possible and now
I probably come back to the beginning to tie these two ends together but before I
do that I’m going to take my yarn and I’m gonna go around the middle and
capture this Center so that way all of these all of these spokes are going to
come to one center point so I just basically pop my shuttle this is the
beginning of my warp and so I’m going to pop this right here in between and just
tug down and that is going to hold all my strands
together basically and I’m going to do a couple more just so that way I can tie
everything up together so you can hopefully see that I’ve sort of tied
together the center of my spokes here just flipping it over and then I’m gonna
take my end and then take it to the beginning and then tie a knot with my
starting thread I’m just cutting that end off and I’m leaving a little bit of
a tail later on this could either get woven into your piece or maybe you can
hide it in between the two of the two hoops so that is basically your Warped
frame loom now if you want to you can come across the goal go around and even
out any spokes that you have that you want to move the distance of here you
see that this is slightly off-center if you want you could work harder to make
sure that this is definitely in the center any irregularities that you might
have with these spokes they are going to be taken care of once you finally start
to weave some different yarns into that so the next thing that I like to do is
to keep all of your warp threads from falling off of the loom you can put your
outer hoop back on and now that can help hold those warp
threads in place and now you can basically put your yarn in however you
like you can start by doing tabby you could start by doing sumac whatever
you prefer in this case I’m using some superwash soft it happens to be held
double what I like to do so that I’m not dealing with an extra end is I’ve I’ve
cut this small amount and what I’m going to do is basically just tuck one end
underneath then I’ll hold both ends together and then you can see that the
end of my yarn is basically locked in there and then using this I can just
weave over and under weaving over and under both strands of each spoke now if
this was long enough you could absolutely put this on a yarn needle but
I’m just gonna use my fingers in this case now in this case because of the
number of warp threads that I have I’m actually going to go over to spokes so
that I can get myself set up to actually do to have II the next round for the
next time around if I go over to and I can weave in like this so you can see
those spokes are straightening out as I’ve been putting this plain weave in
here it’s basically like weaving a header
if you don’t want to put yarn in the middle you don’t have to this is all
gonna be part of whatever design you choose to carry out okay so that is two
times around the middle so if you want you can leave this yarn in the back you
can use it later on if you’re done with it for now you can just leave that
hanging and then in the meantime I’m gonna add some spinning fiber in here so
this is some roving just gonna do a quick little sumac braid just splitting
up the fiber a little bit and then I think what I might do is I might just
put it around here so kind of like so kind of like these ones that I was
working on you don’t necessarily need to cover the entire thing if you want to
you can I just happen to like just doing a little bit so that I can see some of
these spokes left empty so for this I might start here and evening these two
out I’m gonna go over to over to back over to okay and then I’m gonna figure
out what to do with those ends in a minute like this one going to go over to
this is what I’m gonna so it might take some massaging to make
your soo-mack braids look very nice I might tuck these in the back and to
finish this edge I might just tuck it right behind here and it’ll stay in
place now maybe you don’t want it hanging out here you can push this into
the middle and it’ll be a lot poof here so this is just the beginning of a
circular frame loom project just the very beginning but I just wanted to show
you how you could get set up with warping this little guy and starting to
put some yarn into it some fiber into it I would love to see what you guys make
with this technique feel free to post these pictures of things that you’ve
made on instagram and you can tie this with school of sweet georgia thank you
guys so much for watching i’ll see you guys in the next one

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