sewing with kids: framed rainbow weaving

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)

Welcome back to another installment in the Sewing with Kids series! In this project we took recycled textile yarn and created a framed rainbow weaving. 

Materials needed

  • 6 x 25″ pieces of 5mm recycled textile yarn (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • 6 x 21″ pieces of 5mm recycled textile yarn (red, or a 7th contrasting colour)
  • Nyttja Frame (from Ikea)
  • needle/shuttle (a small stick will do)

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)

 

Remove the back piece from the frame and take out the paper and the plastic sheet. Take the 6 x 21″ strands of recycled textile yarn and tie around the picture frame.

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)Take your first piece of 25″ textile yarn, tie a slip knot and attach it to the needle/shuttle (stick).

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)

Take the other end of the textile yarn and tie it to the first loop, joining the loop into one strand. By keeping this loop as one strand, it will keep the number of strands uneven and enable you to weave by alternating each row.

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)For your first row, you can simply take your needle/shuttle and thread it through the centre.

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)for the second row, you need to alternate, so that all the strands that were below the shuttle/needle are now on top of it and vice versa. repeat this process one more time so that you have worked 3 rows total in this colour.

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)

To change to your next colour, simply tie the end of your current colour to the end of the next colour.

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)Trim the ends near the knot so that they don’t get in your way. Making sure not to cut the long piece of the yarn, as you need that for weaving the next stripe!

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)Repeat this process for the remaining colours, remembering to alternate lines.

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)Make sure that as you complete each line, you push it up so that it is neatly against the previous line.

The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)

If you struggle with the weaving, you can always sew the yarn in and out of the holes that are made by the gaps between the strands. To finish, tie the last strand of yarn to the last loop. Replace the plastic sheeting on the back of the woven rainbow. you may like to add a piece of white card, or maybe a picture of some clouds, in between the plastic sheet and the backing piece of the frame.The Crafty Kitty | Sewing with Kids (framed rainbow weaving)Display your new framed weaving proudly! You may like to accessorise some of your toys with a scarf made from some of the offcuts!