My craft course introduced weaving recently. I have to say, I'd never tried it before and I just loved it. We started with the Class One project. A flat piece woven on a wooden weaving board using 16ply wool. This is usually sewn into a purse, but can also be used as a little mat.
But my favourite was the Class Two circular weaving on the toilet roll tube. This one used 8ply wool and its just so clever and accessible. If you wanted to try it, the warp, which is the white cotton that goes up and down the tube is wound around little, 1cm, slits that are cut into the top and bottom of the tube. You need an odd number of these warp threads for the circular weaving to work and the warp is held in place with some sticky tape around the top and bottom. Use a wool needle to feed the weft, which is the 8ply wool under and over each piece of cotton. Leave a little tail at the start and end of each colour and overlap each new colour slightly. Push the weaving down as much as you can so that you get a nice dense fabric.
This can also be sewn into a little purse or bag. On but on a bigger scale this could be made into a recorder case by using a larger cardboard tube. I'm going to have to check if I can get one from the post office as I think the girls and I are hooked!
See what other folk have been crafting at Nicole's place today.