Saturday, February 16, 2013

Small Loom and Freeform Weaving.

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

As you might have guessed, I'm addicted to books. Specifically, books about making things. Whether it's jewelry, little pies, or tiny notebooks, if someone somewhere has written about it, I'm going to have a look!

I have a huge soft spot for self-published books because as I mentioned last week, I'm all for artists and writers taking matters into their own hands. I have an equally soft spot for published books that are no longer new releases, though. Sadly, most of them don't get the attention they deserve, even though they're just as awesome as newer ones.

So here's the first in a series of older books that knocked my Halloween socks off. But even better? These books go well together! Each one has techniques that will mesh well with the others, and all of them can be combined with sequins.

Small Loom And Freeform Weaving

This is a book by Barbara Matthiessen, and it's one I'm thrilled to have in my personal collection. 

Since this year's Bead and Button Show course catalog came out, I've been wanting to learn how to make Claudia Chase's woven bracelets. They'd be so fierce with sequins sewn on! Sadly, the awesome course isn't in my budget, and neither is the Mirrix Loom. 

However! I found this book at the Idea Store and promptly fell in love. It shows you different kinds of weaving, including pin weaving and loom weaving, and it even teaches you how to make your own loom using, among other things, a plastic comb and duct tape.  How's that for inexpensive?

You can use the weaving techniques to make headbands, bracelets, and even tiny little bags. There are a few projects that combine wire and weaving techniques, too.

The instructions pass the Saturday Sequins test for clarity -- meaning they're so good, even I can follow them! They're also thorough. She covers every aspect of weaving, including what to do with those pesky thread tails.

The only problem I have is... now I have to get all kinds of yarn! Or maybe that isn't a problem, so much as an opportunity.

So that's the first book in the series! Stay tuned for some awesome books on combining fiber with wire.

I should also mention that I'm not against buying a loom if you can afford it. They look gorgeous. And even if you can't afford it... Mirrix is doing a contest! The prize is a free loom. Here are the details.

Also, Mirrix has a blog. I see lots of happy reading in my future.

Now it's your turn: Have you done bead or fiber weaving using a loom? Have you ever tried to make your own? Also, are there any older crafty books that you love? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a sequintastic day! I'll see you in the comments. <3

Edit: I have the best blog friends ever.

Here's a website that Maneki shared with me, all about small loom weaving.

Here's a link Bobbie shared, featuring one of her beautiful woven pieces.


  1. Ooh, I love to do pin weaving, and have made several pieces of jewelry using it. You need to check out two books: Fiber & Bead Jewelry: Beautiful Designs to Make & Wear by Helen Banes and Beads and Threads: A New Technique for Fiber Jewelry by Diane Fitzgerald. I wrote a blog entry about a piece I made with their inspiration: It is a fun technique to explore!

    1. Oh! Oh! Thanks for the book recommendations! Neither of these is at my local library, sadly, but I'll keep an eye out for them.

      Also, I love your weavy piece. Awesome! <3

  2. I've got a soft spot for yarns, threads and fibres in general but try not to becomes as obsessed with that as with beads as it could end up being very expensive... :p I pin instead as a kind of substitute and less tangible hoarding *lol* Se what I mean:

    As for weaving I've thought a little about doing something small scale -- partially been inspired by the bead and fibre bracelets you mentioned (they're fab!), Erin Simonetti's bead weaving and uncoventional weaving (as in choice of materials, looms and/or techniques) in general. In fact I got very keen seeing this yesterday: -- which also reminded me of

    I actually have an old weaving book that I bought at the library sale (the annual "buy it before we throw it in the incinerator" drive). Very inspiring with many different types of DIY looms. Some very tiny and simple, some big and more complicated. At the same library I once borrowed a jewellery-making book which included some less than conventional woven projects using e.g. leather cord, shards of bricks (!) and copper wire. On of the co-authors also wrote this book with even more unconventional materials:

    Otherwise weaving's not really something I've done since preschool (simple cardboard looms and then a bead loom). We did also thread the big loom in syslöjden (needlework/textile craft) in school (they had one as weaving's a big part of our cultural heritage and central in hemslöjden, the old traditional craft movement), but never got as far as being allowed to test weaving on a proper loom. Unlike my aunt: she once worked at the famous Märta Måås-Fjetterström studio and while most of them have passed away now, not long ago it wasn't that uncommon among the elderly women around here to have worked as weavers once. In fact, we got a huge professional loom from one woman my mum knew after she passed away. She got it from her employer when retiring. Sadly, few people have room for them so they're often thrown away and even her loom is in a sad state as dad accepted the gift mostly because he wanted the fine quality wood it was made from.

    Wanted to end with showing some fun woven bracelets by Nina Bäckman, who wove real flowers into the linen yarn bracelets, but unfortunately the tutorial (from Vävmagasinet no. 2/2011) is no longer available online...

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to read more about weaving -- and seeing what you'll create with all this inspiration you seem to have found. If I wasn't focusing on BJP and the Challenge of Music at the moment, your reminder of how fascinating weaving can be would have me making a loom right now!

    1. Wow... long post... -- and my cats hate me for it as reading blogs and commenting have made me forget to feed them in time! (No worry, though: they always have axcess to dry foods, they just want wet food too.)

    2. Best. Comment. Ever! Thanks for all the awesome resources! I love the one on small looms, and I'm going to add it to this post. Thanks so much!!

  3. I've never done any kind of weaving unless you count the little potholders I made as a kid! But it's one of those things that always catches my attention when I see it. As for old crafty books...I like them all! Unfortunately I got rid of a lot of them several years ago and could kick myself for doing that. I had some from way back in the early 60's.

  4. I can't say that I've done too much weaving... I tried loomed beadwork on a cheap loom a long while back, but I haven't made any of my own designs on a loom. I guess I'm just an off-loom girl at heart! But I admire those who can do it well. Erin Simonetti's work ( is particularly impressive.

  5. Ummmm...I have a bunch of yarn that's sitting around...pretty sure you could have some of mine!


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