Weaving on a hand loom

Most of us remember weaving potholders when we were small, and this piece was woven in exactly the same way. After a childhood filled with those ubiquitous potholders, many years later Sunflower became my first “grown up” woven piece. The only difference between the two is that I crafted this particular loom myself, which led to some very crooked nails being pounded into four pieces of wood from the hardware store. Making it just a little bigger provided nearly limitless opportunities for creativity. No fingers were crushed in the assembly of my loom!

Weaving on a hand loom is not only portable but its very simplicity not only permits, but encourages, you to be adventurous and utilize whatever you can find that’s weavable. That is exactly how this piece was created. Sunflower was woven with yellow hardware twine, bird netting, balloons from by-gone parties, grocery store bags, paper, ribbons, pins and, of course, just a little bit of yarn!

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