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Happy the day before Valentine’s Day. I revisited this post today after Liz Gipson a.k.a the Yarnworker, shared the project on her facebook page of the same name. Thank you, Liz! I am so glad she did. I haven’t seen these little hands and fingers in so long. They are still cute, in my unbiased mommy opinion, just 8 years bigger. Time does fly. In revisiting the post I made a few updates. The update is in two parts, so be sure to keep scrolling to the part 2.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is the perfect day for my first post since June; the perfect day to share that the reason for the break is the new love in my life. Growing this new love has kept me from weaving and writing, but ultimately has brought me so much joy. I am happy to introduce you to my new love, our new son, who joined us on January 10th.
Now that I’m not “growing”’ this love anymore, I feel more like myself and am so happy to be weaving, writing and creating again. Although, arguably, I was creating for 9 months… So, here is an “inkle bit of love” project for you. I hope you enjoy.
Supplies needed: Craft glue, scissors.
You will need a band no wider than 3/4″ cut into four 8″ long pieces, any wider and it just looks wonky. However, shorter pieces will give you a smaller heart and longer pieces will give you bigger heart. (and the world needs more of those!) Use the glue to seal the edges of each band piece so they don’t fray and to glue the band ends down after you’ve gotten them into place.
- Interlace four ends of your cut bands, lining up the cut edges with the selvedges.
2. Fold the left vertical band over the top and under the bottom horizontal strips. Be sure not to twist when folding.
3. Fold the top horizontal band over, under, over the three vertical bands. Be sure not to twist when folding.
4. Fold the bottom horizontal band piece behind the center heart and glue in place. It is not woven in.
5. Repeat step 4 with the right vertical band.
Wouldn’t this heart be fun made into a lapel or scarf pin, a hair clip, a magnet… What else? Do you have any ideas?
Update part 2 (2/13/21):
Looking back on this post gave me the urge to make a pin I thought would be fun. In my bin of bands that have no purpose, but were fun to weave, I found a thinner 1/2″ band, in Valentine worthy colors. The heart is smaller than the original , about 3 1/2″ wide by 2 1/2″ tall.
The main difference from the original heart and this one, besides being smaller, is I bent the to outer bands back instead of over and back. The smaller size just seemed to call for it.
Then, I sewed a pin to a piece of felt I cut to fit the back of the heart and glued the felt to the heart.
Et voila, a Valentine heart pin.
This was a fun update.
Warp, weave, be happy! ~ Jennifer
Paulette Perez said:
Hi and Welcome Back, Congradulations on your new little son, he so cute. I missed you and wondered where you had gone. Glad to have you back again.
Thank you, Paulette! It’s a wonderful time in our home, and it feels good to be back!
Oh, many, many, many congratulations to you, and welcome to the world, little one! May the weaving of your life be created from threads of joy and happiness, from threads of love from every person in your life, and threads of laughter, and may you bring the same to everyone you meet!
What an amazingly beautiful and heartwarming thing to say Siberianstarbeads. Many thanks.
You’re very welcome! Babies are a joy!
Congratulations–baby feet and hands are so cute!
What a fun project idea–using a narrow braid that can be used for jewelry, package or tote bag decoration, etc. The detail in your directions is really helpful. Now that you’re posting again, guess I’ll have to do a second blog post….
Those are great ideas. Please share if you try any of them!
Love the beautiful little hands & feet and love the inspiration of the perfect heart the baby gave you.
What a lovely project! It makes me want to warp up my inkle loom again.
Oh, you should Laurie!
Theresa Threadgill said:
Thank you so much for this idea. It will help when need a personal gift.
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