Colorful Woven Coasters DIY

colorful woven coasters DIY

I have been drawn to the art of weaving for quite some time now. I have always admired the beauty and usefulness it possesses.

Finally, after a few years of just dreaming about it, I made my first weaving piece. A woven coaster.

You guys! It’s amazing! Really addictive! And easy! A perfect project to try. Whether you are a grown up or a kid, you will definitely have fun.

Here’s how to make some pretty woven coasters…

 

colorful woven coasters DIYcolorful woven coasters DIY

Supplies: a 8 x 4 1/5 inch (20 x 10.5 cm) piece of cardboard, a pencil, a ruler, scissors, a yarn needle, tape and yarn (I have used sport weight yarn in 9 colors; I have found out that working with 2 3/4 yards – 250 cm pieces of yarn is most comfortable for me).

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

1. First, make your loom. Working on one of the shorter sides of the cardboard, measure 1/5 inch (0.5 cm) sections.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

2. Cut the slits, making them about 1/3 inch (0.8 cm) deep.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

3. Repeat on the other side of the cardboard.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

4. Make the warp (the yarn base that consists of the threads that run lengthwise; after finishing the coaster, only ends will be visible as small tassels). To make it, you will need about 5 1/2 yards – 510 cm of yarn). Tape the end of the yarn string to the back side of your cardboard.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

5. Tie the string through the first segment and bring it to the front and across the front of the cardboard towards the opposite segment. Then wrap the yarn around the back of the cut out segment …

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

6. … and again, across the front of the cardboard toward the opposite segment.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

7. Repeat the whole process until you manage to fill all the segments.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

8. Tape the end of the string on the back of the cardboard.
 

colorful woven coasters DIY

9. And let’s start weaving!

Start about 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) from the edge of the cardboard.

In the first row, thread your first piece of yarn through going over and under each piece of base yarn (leaving a 6 inch – 15 cm long tail end at the beginning).

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

Just like this.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

10. In your second row, start working from the opposite side, doing the opposite of the last step. If you went under the last line of the warp, you must go over it when zig-zagging back. Always maintain the ‘under-over-under-over’ approach.

When you are weaving you don’t want to pull it too tight or your work will start to resemble an hourglass shape.
 

colorful woven coasters DIY

11. After each line, push your yarn down. I used a ruler to do that.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

12. Continue working with the same color for 13 more rows, making 15 rows with one color altogether.

Leave a 6 inch (15 cm) long tail end.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

13. Working with a new piece of yarn, repeat the ‘under-over-under-over’ technique for 15 rows.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

14. Then, changing color after each 15 rows, continue making your coaster. Mine had 9 colorful stripes altogether.
 

colorful woven coasters DIY

15. To tie off, remove the first warp loop …

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

16. … and cut it in the center.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

17. Knot the two cut strings together.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

18. Repeat with all warp ends.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

19. Weave in the tail ends on the wrong side of your coaster.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

20. Finally, trim the edges to the length you like.

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

So much fun!

 

colorful woven coasters DIY

I love my new happy rainbow coasters.

Enjoy!

Love,
Petra

 

and here’s a short picture recap...

colorful woven coasters DIY

New Pattern – Crochet Owl Purse With Feathers

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

Hi friends!

I am stopping by to introduce my newest crochet creation to you – it’s the Crochet Owl Purse With Feathers.

Oh, how much I love making those feathers, they are soooo much fun!

This pattern actually is a remake of one of my older patterns – the Crochet Owl Cushion. After I published the cushion pattern a few years ago, I received quite a few questions asking me if the cushion could be turned into a purse. I thought,’Yes, it can and what a lovely idea it is!’ Actually, I found the idea so lovely that I thought it definitely deserved its own tutorial with all the steps described in precise detail.

And here it is. The pattern for the Crochet Owl Purse has more than 70 pictures making it really easy to follow.

If you’d like to learn more details about the project, you can find them HERE or HERE.

And have I already mentioned it’s a lot of fun? :)

 

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

crochet owl purse with feathers pattern

Yes, I could not stop and made three versions. Don’t they make sweet summer bags?

Happy crocheting!

Love,

Petra

Enjoying…

crochet crocodile stitch

Hi friends!

Are you enjoying the early summer days? I hope you are.

I feel that the beautiful warm weather is just inviting me to go out every day and take delight in everything around me. The sun, the air, the trees… So, as a result, my little Mr. P and I love going out for a short stroll and when he falls asleep in his pushchair, I grab my crochet project and do some hooking. Sweet, sweet, sweet. These days I am indulging in my favorite crocodile stitch again. Actually, I took one of my old patterns and am giving it a new look and a new way of use. Cannot wait to show you more details. Soon!

crochet crocodile stitch

crochet crocodile stitch

Sending lots of summer hugs and kisses.

Love,

Petra

New Crochet Pattern – A Million Diamonds Blanket

a million diamonds blanket pattern

After finishing this crocheted Million Diamonds Blanket I have to say that it is a pure love of mine.

I am completely and utterly smitten.

It was very enjoyable to make one colorful piece of diamond after another. So meditative. So much fun. As if a box of colorful jewels was being created right there in front of my eyes.

If you’d like to make a blanket like this as well, you can now find my take on this pattern in my shops here or here.

I decided to go for a smaller size because I can find a lot of use for it right now – a lap blanket, a baby blanket, perhaps a picnic blanket even… but whatever size you have in mind, I’d like to assure you that this pattern is extremely easy to adjust.

 

a million diamonds blanket pattern

a million diamonds blanket pattern

a million diamonds blanket pattern

a million diamonds blanket pattern

a million diamonds blanket pattern

a million diamonds blanket pattern

Happy crocheting!

Love,

Petra

 

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