December 2, 2022

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Round Doodle Weaving – ARTBAR

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My mind is constantly trying to fit in time to weave. I am such a novice, and don’t really have a style, but I love playing around with color and shape. This time I tried a round doodle weaving using an embroidery hoop! I didn’t follow anybody’s instructions, I just made it up as I went along. I am sure there are better ways to do this, but I just used tape, yarn, and a glue gun.

doodle weaving made with colorful yarn in a round embroidery hoop

For more in-depth instructions, see my first doodle weaving here. I used the same technique.

And if you want to see a short video, click here to watch my Instagram reel.

gathering yarns and planning a color story for the round weaving

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Supplies needed for round doodle weaving:

~ Yarn in different colors and weights (you can go to a craft store or buy online – cheap yarn is just fine)

~ Wooden embroidery hoop (I used an 8-inch hoop)

~ Masking tape

~ Pom-pom maker (optional)

~ Hot glue gun

~ Craft wire for hanging

making the warp from yarn for a round weaving

How to make a round doodle weaving:

1. Set up the warp (these are the vertical threads). I did this by cutting a whole bunch of threads and then taping them to the side of the hoop. I did not measure, just eye-balled. I also loosely taped the hanging threads up to the side which is why it looks like there is so much tape.

doodle weaving with yarn using a fork as a tool to press down the weft

2. Start weaving. Anything goes, here. Refer back to my first doodle weaving post for more explicit instructions. Just start and end underneath. And use a fork to push down the weft (those are the horizontal threads).

doodle weaving with thick and thin yarns, using tape at the ends of the yarn instead of a needle

3. I use a “shoelace” technique when weaving whereby I wrap the end of the yarn with a piece of tape so that it’s easier to weave with. This is because I cannot find my plastic weaving needles. But it’s also because I can’t see well enough to thread the needle. This technique works really well for me. It’s quick and easy.

doodle weaving with thick and thin yarns, using an embroidery hoop

4. You don’t have to go from bottom to top when doodle weaving. You can start anywhere and move around until it’s all filled up. I eventually want to weave like I would draw, but for now I instinctively go bottom to top. You can also go back in and fill spaces if there are gaps. The fork really helps to make it all tight.

Doodle weaving using an embroidery hoop

5. When finished, I pulled off the blue tape that I used to loosely hold the ends, but I left the tape that holds the warp. I made sure you couldn’t see it when placing the outer hoop over the inner hoop. Tighten the outer hoop as tight as you can.

Tracing a pice of felt to glue onto the back of the embroidery hoop round weaving

6. Trace the hoop onto a piece of felt with a pencil.

Using hot glue on the back of an embroider hoop to seal the back of the round weaving

7. Hot glue the felt to the back. This is a really easy way to finish the weaving so you don’t have to deal with all the ends!

Gluing on a piece of felt to the back of an embroidery hoop used to make a round weaving

Adding a homemade pom-pom to the round doodle weaving

8. Make a pom-pom to cover the little knob on top of the hoop. Add a piece of wire to hang!

Doodle weaving in a round embroidery hoop.

Voila! Don’t forget to watch the video!

xo Bar

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