This project kinda started out as a saguaro cactus kit
The yarn is the softest of wool - and it has little tiny sparkles of gold. I thought the gold sparkles would look like spines...
I still think it was a good idea, but the problem was that I bought the yarn about five years ago and there wasn't enough of it to make a bunch of kits.
So I decided to weave a tree. Just for fun.
Then I decided it should be a Christmas tree - I'd woven one years ago in college when I first learned to weave. I'd just learned the loopy-pile weave.
I had planned to sew some tiny ornaments onto it, but that never happened.
My 1980 tree was woven on a floor loom and it's kind of large. This one would be for my minimalist daughter - nice and small!
All of this planning happened months ago, last July, and I was just about to go on a long road trip to a weaver’s conference in Durango, Colorado. So this was the perfect project - it was a fine weave and would take a bit of time. I don’t like to drive, but I love to be a weaving passenger!
I wove this on my Annie Loom - you can get one of your own in my shop!
The warp is 8/2 cotton, and wound 8 threads per inch.
I used superfine cotton yarn for the white background, and the red accent is the same yarn.
The border pattern is easy, I wove two rows white, then the third row red.
The trunk is the same red yarn as in the border.
I often use a "cartoon" or picture pasted to the loom that I follow as I weave. but this time I just went free form.
In case you're wondering, all of the messy hanging weft threads are hidden under the weaving. Sometimes I hide them when I weave, sometimes I don't.
Here's the tree all woven
I had to redo the top half - that's a weaver's life sometimes!
Good thing it was a long trip.
Well that was what I got done in eight hours on the way to Durango.... and here's my weaving on the way home. I thought the map made a nice effect.
When I got home I sewed in the hanging threads on the back, and tied the warp threads.
I made the decorations with silk french knots and gold metallic embroidery thread.
And here it is, looking very minimalist for my daughter.
I know... the edges kind of bulge out - but I still love my little weaving.
Besides, the class I took at the weaving conference taught me that uneven edges are fine - it makes it look handmade. The most important thing is to have fun when weaving.
And I did!
Would you like to weave a Christmas tree?
I've got a kit for you, and you can weave it up in just an afternoon.