Imagine the object first – Part 2

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(Go to Imagine the object first – Part 1)

This story is about creating, so I invite you to design your own woven things with the Zoom Loom or Weave-It (very similar), the same way I taught my students in the last workshop.

It is a very simple method, before starting weaving you have to imagine the objects first, it means to figure out how you can build a cushion, sweater, or whatever you want to achieve, starting with a 10×10 cm (4×4″) fabric square.

 

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To begin, follow the instructions below:

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 15 cm ruler (6″)
  • fabric scissors
  • fabric rests (printed or solid, non elastic)
  • fine point marker
  • masking tape
  • 10×10 cm (4×4″) cardboard (optional)

START WORKING

  1. Cut no less than 40 10×10 cm fabric squares. You can measure one by one or save some time by using the cardboard stencil to outline each. (TIP: Try to cut each square not diagonal, or they will have too much elasticity and will be difficult to work with).
  2. Start designing. Think about a simple object to make this first time. It can be a bag, pencil case, headbelt, etc.
  3. Play with the fabric squares until you reach the idea you have in mind. Use the masking tape to help so.
  4. Once you achieved a basic figure, you can make it more complex by including more squares in the design and trying to make a volumetric object rather than a flat simple object.

 

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Did you understand the basic idea? Then let`s go a little more deeply. I will show you an example more advanced.

It is about the slippers design I included in my book “100 pin loom squares“. It is quite simple, but the challenge is to make volumetric rather than flat things, right?

The steps to follow are basically the same I detailed above: cut the 10×10 cm squares and just play with them. In this case I arranged the squares over my feet to help me to figure out how to join them to make a slipper.

The result below. You can see the slipper mockup besides the real slipper, woven with Longwood de Cascade Yarns.

 

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Do you want to follow the step-by-step instructions for this slippers project? Here it goes:

  1. Place the squares.
  2. Stick them with masking tape.
  3. Add an square in the lower left corner and then stick it with masking tape.
  4. Turn over the complete figure.
  5. Fold the row of the 4 squares half to the right. Fold half the turquoise squares in the left side to the left.
  6. Stick the vertical open area in the middle of the figure.
  7. Take the square above the figure and stick the right side of it to the upper side of the turquoise row of squares.
  8. This is how it should look like.
  9. Turn over the figure and fold down the upper corner.
  10. Unstick half square. This is where the feet will get inside the slipper.
  11. Slipper mockup vs. real slipper.
  12. Slipper mockup vs. real slipper.

 

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The details make the design. The colors you choose, the crochet finishing and the lilac wrapped button. You can add more or other accesories to your design to make it more original.

Maybe you want to see the design process of other design of my book, the tartan bag, as an example.

The slippers example is only the beginning of designing 3D woven objects. See as follows a few examples of crafters that have gone further and designed more complex objects, like little animals, ornaments, etc.

 

Margaret Stump / ZEBRA

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Cathy Clarke / CHRISTMAS TREE

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Meridian Jacobs / TWODOT TURTLE

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I hope this post has motivated you to keep creating 🙂

Remember that the basic step-by-step instructions for the Zoom Loom are available for download in my web, at Freebies.

 

See you!

 

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About Florencia Campos Correa

Enthusiastic designer and author of "100 pin loom squares", translated to 6 languages. Founder of Ullvuna, online shop of pin loom and crochet inspiring patterns, books and DIY kits. Florencia is home-based in Chile and uses blogging to share her passion about handcrafting and creative lifestyle.

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