Inspired by this post by Trish of genuine mudpie, I decided to finally give weaving a try! Thanks Trish!
At first I was going to use a paper plate like Trish did, but I remembered I had a set of knitting looms, (my back up plan if my real knitting doesn't pan out), that I thought could work! I wove some baker's twine back and forth around the loom, and started to weave in some little bits of left over yarn.
At first I didn't think it was going to work because the middle looked pretty bad and messy. I think there were too many strands of thread overlapping in the center. But I kept going and it began to grow on me as the center started to look a bit like a heart.
Since the middle wasn't perfect to begin with, I decided it needed a little bit of an imperfect look. Every once in awhile I would weave over or under two strands of thread instead of going every other. It was easy to just add in new colors as I went, leaving the yarn tails hanging in the back to sew in after.
Oh my, I match my weaving... or my weaving matches my clothes... One would think I might like these colors or something...
When it got to be about coaster size I cut the loops of thread off the pegs. However, I made the mistake of cutting them all off before I started to tie the strings together... I started to lose the last row of yarn! Panic ensued, I had to fight with it a bit, and then I ended up tying some of the strings tighter than others. What was I thinking?! I wasn't, which was the problem. Never craft when you're hungry (or tired)! It's just a recipe for disaster!! I should have cut one loop, tied the two strings together, and then cut the next loop. Oh well, now I know.
I sewed in all the yarn tails on the back, and was about to sew in the little pieces of baker's twine... but for some reason I just liked the string hanging out around the outside of the coaster all hibbly-bibbly like! (Yeah, that's probably not a real word.) Just perfect for tea time don't you think?
I also second Trish's idea of a weaving party! I think it's relaxing, and anyone could do it! The really cool thing is you don't need fancy equipment; a paper plate works beautifully, as would a board some some nails. Now I think I want to try weaving something in a rectangle or square shape... Oooo what about a rug!? (Or maybe since I have the knitting looms out, I should give them a try! So many crafts so little time!) Who else would be up for a weaving party?