I still make and craft, I promise! Last week ArtPrize visual overload left me really needed to make something with my hands.
And since I’m a sucker for combined crafts, I wanted to give the idea of weaving with crochet, or more specifically, crochet chain a try. At first it was big fail, and then I realized the fail was a seed for something better.
1. Don’t try to weave on a wee potholder loom with something bulkier like crochet chain. That was sort of a disaster and I should have given up, but I wanted to finish it and not stop to build a more properly suited loom. Line up the proper tools first, kids.
2. Use yarn of a similar thickness. Unless you want the receded look, which I didn’t. My dusty turquoise yarn was much thicker than the hot pink Caron yarn I used and didn’t like the uneven look. Obviously, I’m a novice weaver since I didn’t even think of that.
3. If you’re looking for a color combo, try checking your nails. Kidding. Sort of. When I was looking through my yarn, it was looking at my manicure colors-of-the-moment that made the decision for me.
4. Take the good: I really like the look and bulk and idea of weaving with crochet chains. As I sat there looking what what can only be called the sloppy front of a potholder, I tried to figure out what I could pull from my blunders? I realized that even though the weave is nice, and provides good depth for a trivet or even blanket, I’d never choose this method over other types of crochet, tunisian crochet, regular weaving, or even knitting. But I do really like the look. Blown up it would be even better. What if I crocheted three strands of yarn together in even bulkier chains? In two different colorways? And then wove those two chains on a loom properly suited to their size for a rug? Yes, I think I’d like that. A lot.
So a woven crochet rug’s been added to the crafty “to make” list. But no promises! I gotta get started on Christmas making, you?
And I’d love to hear about any of your experiments or fails that led you to better ideas!