Flipping through “Flair Machine Embroidery UK, Issue 22” I came across a tutorial on how to weave with fabric. Sudden flash backs of cutting and pasting in grade 4 race though my mind as I remember doing this years ago, but with paper.
I’ve seen quilts made using a weaving technique, but for some reason they never appealed to me – maybe because I thought it would be too fussy and time consuming to attempt. For whatever reason, this article made me want to try it out.
The “Get Weaving” tutorial by Christine Robinson was very easy to follow. The steps were clear and the pictures were “worth a thousand words”.
There was a little more patience required than I had originally anticipated. It was a little frustrating trying to keep the rows butted up against each other.
The author suggested using a light weight double sided stabilizer. (Translation to Canadian notions I think she meant a “dreamweave” type stabilizer). I didn’t have any on hand *gasp* a the time so I substituted a regular iron on interfacing (one sided). My stabilizer choice worked out well until it came time to stitch down the strips with decorative stitching. There was some puckering as I sewed – which is really more of a nuisance than an actual flaw. My pink sample below was made using “steam-a-seam 2” a double sided interfacing.
PRO: no puckering *yes*
CON: end result is a very stiff and hard piece of fabric *yuck*
My blue sample above was very soft and pliable. Next time I will try weaving with “dreamweave”. Hopefully my results will fall somewhere in the middle!
~The Best Part!
My favorite part of making my weaving samples was using all the different decorative stitches on my machine to stitch down the strips. With my first sample I just used a zig zag in a complementary blue thread colour. In my second pink sample I had a blast using different stitches and thread colours. Awesome project for a stitch sampler!
- If you have trouble keeping the strips butted up against each other, try laying your pieces down on an ironing board. That way you can use straight pins to keep the strips in place while you weave.