Weaving #4: Circular Weaving on Embroidery Hoops and Three Awesome Kid's Weaving Projects


Having never actually tried circular weaving - other than the occasional embroidered 'woven spider web stitch', I was curious; and I decided that now (while I am playing with weaving techniques) is a very good time to satisfy my curiosity! As it turns out - circular weaving is fun!  And is certainly easy enough for kids! In addition to a little "how to" for this simple weave on an embroidery hoop, I am also sharing a few links to very easy and VERY COOL weaving tutorials perfect for young weavers and moms alike!

We will begin with:


All you need is an embroidery hoop, scraps of yarn (worsted and bulky work up very quickly), a tapestry needle and scissors.

Note about hoops: Plastic hoops come in beautiful colors and make colorful instant frames. Personally I like the wooden frames best and pick them up at thrifts for next to nothing! You will see why I like them so much in a minute!


1. Begin your weaving by creating a web to support your weaving on the inside ring of the embroidery hoop.

16 web sections is about perfect - especially for smaller "looms" and little fingers. (8 yarn bits - twice the diameter of the hoop plus 8".)

You have two choices for winding the web. Use the same technique used to begin a teneriffe snowflake (found here) or use the method below.

If you are weaving with a child, you may wish to prepare the web for them.


Tie each of 8 yarns around the loom so that the knots occur in the center. Keep the web yarns taunt (not stretched to the breaking point, but tight) while tying the knot - an extra hand holding the knot is helpful. (Trust me - the knots will disappear in the weaving!)

Select a "north" position. Gently push the two web yarns closest to "north" together. These will be treated as one web section during weaving as it is necessary to have an uneven number of web sections when weaving. Tweak the remaining web yarns so that they are pretty much spaced evenly around the hoop.


2. With a new yarn (24" to 30"), make a couple stitches in the center to draw the yarns together and hold in place.

To do this: leave a tail as shown on the left of the image above, and bring the yarn up to the front of the web near north and over the center and to the back at south. Bring the yarn up at east and down at west.

3. Now bring the yarn up again at north and begin weaving - over - under - over - under. Continue around the web until the center section is as large as you like.

As long as you are consistent, weave in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.


4. Add new colors by tying the new and old weaving yarns into a square (or reef) knot at the back of "north", and continue weaving. 

5. Keep weaving and adding colors until you are near the hoop. Tie off the yarn in the back.



6. And now, place the weaving in the outside ring of the hoop, placing "north" right at the tightening screw, and your weaving is ready to hang! (To hang mine, I use a ribbon or braided yarn looped under the brass screw.)


7. OR of you want to spice up your frame a bit, wind fingerling weight yarn around the outside hoop ring as shown. Fingerling is probably your best bet to ensure the outer hoop will fit over the inner hoop.

I used a variegated sock yarn for this one. Wasn't planned when I created the weaving - just got lucky that I had sock yarn that matched the weaving! But I will make more of these... and plan the weaving to match the colors in sock yarn scraps I have in my stash!

I think several of these in a rainbow of colors would be very pretty clustered on a wall or in a window.


8. When winding is complete, I like to wrap the lower part of the screw assembly - from the hoop to the screw and back down and then tie at the back.


And BTW - winding the outer ring of embroidery hoops with fingerling yarn is a very pretty way to frame embroideries!


Unfortunately, I have not written for permission to use images - wish I had. But trust me - you will not want to miss these great weaving options for kids!! PLEASE - do pop over and see each one. You will not regret taking the time. 

Molly Moo shares her take on a Dream Catcher here.

I am just crazy about this one!  Doesn't even need the "dangles".  I am sure I can figure out some way to use this at Christmas!!!  Sooooo easy!  And sooooo pretty!

Busybee Fibers shares a fantabulous circular cardboard loom here.

How many times have I used cardboard looms?  Did I ever think of making one in a circle? NOT!  Her circular weaving is absolutely delicious!

Craftiments is hosting Summer Camp and one activity she shares is something she calls "Nature Weaving".  See it here

Actually,  these are very kid friendly sized versions of  Earth Looms which I shared a couple years ago here. I just love this new version for it's simplicity and portability!

And while you are visiting Craftiments, spend a little time looking around the site. One of the things I especially appreciate about Kristin is her ability to bring a fresh eye to crafts you may have seen before - like the cool nature weavings!  

More weaving goodness to come!!! Keep checking back - won't you?

You are very creative I like

You are very creative
I like this embroidery patterns
Thank you

This is a GREAT idea. I must

This is a GREAT idea. I must do this. I have a little yarn! I'm going to get a hoop.

I suppose the hula hoop I have is too big? I don't have that much yarn...

I love the idea of using an

I love the idea of using an embroidery hoop for weaving! My daughter nannies for a 4 and 7 year old and I'm going to send her your link. Thanks for the great "how-to". You always do such a nice job!

I am so glad to hear you like

I am so glad to hear you like the hoop frame idea!!!  I am really liking how well it sets off a small embroidery.

If you send the link to the post to your daughter, be sure to tell her to visit all three link to the other blogs at the bottom of this post.  I think she will love the ideas there as well. 

Pam, I am really enjoying

Pam, I am really enjoying these posts on weaving. Today though I really liked your idea on wrapping the embroidery frame with yarn when framing with one. It gives it such a nice finished look. Thank you.

Thank you!  I am glad you

Thank you!  I am glad you like it!  :-)

Have a few more coming up I am really excited to share.  I've really been having fun with this series and have learned a LOT!!