Beyond cross stitch, do you use your creative energy in other ways? Do you also knit, crochet, do needlepoint, or quilt? Most stitchers do something on the side, never forgetting their true handmade love, but enjoying other outlets as well. I do many things involving fiber, and now I’m learning something new: weaving. Some will tell you it’s the next great fiber art, but I look at it as another creative way to use my stitchery fibers. That is, to use this massive stash of wonderful threads and yarns I can’t stop collecting.
If you are similar, here’s my plug for weaving. It’s easy to get started for a minimal amount: pick up a pin loom. You can use any yarns and threads, and start weaving colorful squares while you’re watching Netflix. Weave enough little squares and you can put together a scarf or table runner. You will fall in love with the fun fabric you create. I can’t stop playing with yarn and color combinations. Most pin looms come with directions to get you started. I have a Schacht Spindle Company Zoom Loom I bought online.
I am inching closer to getting a rigid-heddle loom, a moderately priced version that comes in different sizes. The Handweaver’s Guild of America will be hosting it’s Convergence seminar in a few weeks, and I will be there representing Kreinik. I like to know what I’m talking about, so I have been learning from weaving shops and designers like Deb Essen of DJE Handwovens. Video tutorials on the Interweave site and YouTube also help when you need more visuals.
I’m not giving up my favorite pastime of cross stitch, but weaving — just like knitting, crochet and needlepoint — is another way to combine fibers, colors and patterns to express creativity. While the days are long and lazy this summer (hopefully you’ll get vacation time), try weaving.
And if you’re coming to Convergence, stop by the Kreinik booth to say hello. For show info, visit https://www.weavespindye.org/convergence
Dena Lenham, aka KreinikGirl, is Creative Director at Kreinik Manufacturing Company, a family-owned, USA-based business that manufactures high-quality yarns and threads made of metallics, silks and real metals from their West Virginia factory. Dena’s monthly column, Kreinik Calling, sheds light on the fascinating fibres that we all use and love.