MY FIRST WEAVING (A GIVEAWAY!!!).

Weaving 1

I did it!!!

Maybe you remember this post about my goals for 2016. Well one of them is to learn how to weave. I learned how to knit last year and I fell in love with yarns! I never went to a class, I just taught myself. And that`s why I decided to teach myself weaving just by reading some tutorials. And it worked again!!

I know there`s still lots of improvement to be done, but hey you only learn by doing! And I`m very proud of that first weaving!

Weaving 2

I used this weaving kit by Martha Stewart. It`s great for beginners, because you can change the loom to different sizes and it`s not expensive!
I looked for some tutorials and finally used this one, because of all the pictures that describe the different steps perfectly.

I really encourage you to try a weaving on your own! That tutorial is great and I`m sure you can do this! It`s a very relaxing activity, similar to knitting, only that you don`t need to count rows. So it`s even more relaxing than knitting!

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And if you don`t want to weave, but still want to have a weaving hanging on your wall, then it`s your turn now! Because I`m giving that weaving away to YOU! (Not that I don`t want it, but I`ll be moving in summer and I only can take the necessary things with me. Besides, I`ll be doing a lot more weavings in the future!)
The size of the weaving is 23cm x 40cm and I`ll be shipping worldwide!!

To enter please leave a comment and tell me where you would like to hang that weaving. And to double your chance you can follow my blog by clicking on that orange “follow” button on the bottom of this page!

The giveaway will be closed on Tuesday the 31rst! I`ll be contacting the winner by email.

I wish you luck!!

Love, Caroline ♥

P.S. The giveaway is closed!

WEAVING TUTORIALS & INSPIRATION.

Last year I started knitting. This year I want to learn how to weave. I love to work with yarn and I`ve heard that weaving isn`t difficult, so I`m going to figure it out for myself!

Last week my Martha Stewart weaving kit arrived and I can`t wait to start!! But first of all, here are some tutorials and inspiration! I hope to share with you soon my weaving progress!

Weaving Inspiration

Clockwise: • A very detailed weaving tutorial by A Beautiful Mess • I love the neutral colors of this weaving and the chunky wool • The golden ribbon in this piece by Sunwoven is gorgeous • Follow Sunwoven on her Instagram to see more beautiful weavings • Here is another great weaving tutorial by A Beautiful Mess • The Woven Craft is a great source of inspiration • Of course Maryanne Moodie has to be on this list, her Instagram is gorgeous • Just simple stripes, but very beautiful

Love, Caroline ♥

ADVENT WREATH DIY.

I know, the first Advent was already on Sunday, so I`m a little late! Sorry! But maybe some of you still don`t have an Advent wreath and want to try this diy. For all of you who were faster and bought their wreath weeks ago, you can do this diy too and use the candles to decorate your home or your Christmas table.

Advent Wreath 6

You`ll need:

  • Modeling clay
  • aluminum foil
  • Spatula
  • finely granulated sandpaper
  • rolling pin
  • cup of water
  • tea lights
  • Star Pattern (There is a big and a small pattern. I did three small ones and one big star.)

Use the aluminum foil as an underlay, advantage is that the clay doesn`t stick to it. First you have to knead the modeling clay and then you flatten it with your hands. Push a tea light in the middle to make a hole.

Advent Wreath 2

Afterwards use the rolling pin to smooth the surface. Don`t worry, if there are still fissures! We`ll fill them later.

Advent Wreath 3

Lay the star pattern above the clay (make sure that the black circle lies over the tea light hole) and then use a spatula to cut the angles out.

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Now the clay looks like a star, yeah! But we`re not finished yet! Dip your spatula (I used a very small one) into the water and slip over the surfaces. Do it again and again until they are as flat as you like them to be. I wasn`t too fussy about it, because I wanted the stars to look like they were handmade. (And when they are dried you can use sandpaper to do the finishing cut.) To fill the fissures, use a little bit of clay push it into the holes and again, use some water to smooth the surface.

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I let them dry for two days (some modeling clays can also be put into the microwave which is by far the fastest method) and then I used sandpaper to remove the last bumps.
Finished!

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I`m really happy with how they turned out. Very simple, but as Mies van der Rohe once said: “Less is more”! I couldn`t agree more with him!
Happy Advent season!

Love, Caroline ♥