Weaving with Amy Ilic x The Mamahood

How gorgeous are these mini wall hangings by Amy?

I have always wanted to try weaving (if you couldn't tell from my Weaving Inspiration Pinterest board!), and something a bit more sophisticated than a made-at-home cereal box loom like we used to do as kids. When I saw that The Mamahood was teaming up with textile artist Amy Ilic to offer a beginner's weaving workshop , I jumped at the chance to take it.

Amy showed us how to "warp up" with our strong cotton cording onto the wooden loom. and start our piece with some pretty funky tassels. The colours she had on offer were amazing, loads of neons, brights and neutrals. 

One of the things I loved most about weaving is that the possibilities are really endless when it comes to materials. Some were weaving with jute twine, ribbons, wool roving (one of my favourites!), metallic threads... 

I can see why weaving is becoming totally on-trend these days; it's very therapeutic and is totally accessible for everyone, even kids! Here is my finished piece, hanging over my dressing table. Not bad for a first-time weaver I think!

I also want to point out that the setting was fun too; it was hosted at the Punk Me Up Ceramics Cafe in East Dulwich. What a cool little space that I will definitely be visiting again for some handprinted ceramics time.

Thinking of trying your hand at weaving as well? Amy offers weaving workshops around Brighton and London. A basic loom is only about £10 and if you're like me, you already have a stash of wool leftover from knitting projects just waiting to be used up!

Crafty inspiration: wall weavings

There certainly is a trend for weaving right now. And I want to hop on the bandwagon! I love that traditional crafts are getting their spots in the limelight again, and popping up all over design magazines, blogs and in glossy spreads. I have a lot of extra yarn hanging around my studio in Peacock Yard, I really mean a lot... shopping baskets full of it, stacked on top of each other, but I can't bear to get rid of it because I know as soon as I do, I'll regret it and have some project that needs a lot of yarn.

I may need to pick up with this weaving thing, just to use it up! 

These are some of the weavings that have been inspiring me lately, now I just need a little nudge to actually give it a go.

From  Etsy

From Etsy