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Stick Weaving – School Holiday Crafts

I haven’t played with stick weaving for a long while. I was tiding up the store room and came across the sets of weaving sticks Peter had made for me, to use in a workshop I was teaching at the Clare Out Of School Hours Care.

When I first opened the shop I did a few stick weaving classes for children. It’s fun to play with as an adult too. I’ve made chair pads, mats, bowls and these cute little dolls.

Today I spent a little while revisiting a fun craft and remembered how I had made these little dolls. I have used self covered buttons in the past with faces drawn on them to embellish them.

They make lovely Worry Dolls.

A Blast from the past!

And way back in 2009 I had fun with my own children!

http://madquilter.blogspot.com/search?q=weaving+sticks

Both Rose and Fern are now adults. I wrote The Mad Quilter Blog for many years, my kids love searching through it and reading about their childhood adventures.

Making the Sticks

Made from 6mm dowel –

  1. Cut  dowel 15 – 20 cms in length
  2. Drill a 2.5 mm hole at one end.
  3. Sharpen the other end with a pencil sharpener.
  4. Thread some long lengths of yarn through the sticks and you’re ready to go.

 

Some Links to be inspired to try your own stick weaving..

Stick Weaving For a Quick Homemade Gift. https://hubpages.com/art/Stick_Weaving_For_a_Quick_Homemade_Gift

Tottie Talks Crafts – Noreen Crone Findley

Wonderful woven dolls with 6 weaving sticks

Delightful dolls woven with 4 weaving sticks

 

Weaving with Straws

A faster way to get started is to use straws instead of dowels. I prefer the dole as it is rigid and I find them easier to hold and weave around.

Straw Weaving (Weaving on Drinking Straws)

Straw Weaving Instructions | How to Weave with Drinking Straws and Yarn