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24 DIY With Bookhou: Woven Trivet

Contributor post by Arounna Khounnoraj of bookhou.com


I hope you like this project - it's simple and lots of fun to do.

woven trivet diy
I have been collecting the selvage from my sewing projects and thought this was a fun way to use the material to create a nice trivet or little mat. if you don't have selvage scraps you can use and old shirt or pants and cut up strips to use. wool sweaters are really nice after the project you can wash it in hot water and it will felt nicely. this is also a nice project for kids.

what you need:
-four pieces of stretcher frame (I used 10 in.) - hammering into a scrap piece of wood works good too.
-nails and hammer
-scissors (not shown in picture)
-cardboard approx. 1.5 x 5 in. (not shown in picture)
-cut up scrap fabric (I used selvage that I have been collecting)

step 1
before you begin put the four corners together to create the frame and hammer nails about 3/4 in. apart - take the fabric and tie onto the first corner and begin to wrap around the nails on the top and bottom as shown.

step 2
take the cardboard and cut triangular notches with the scissors - take the fabric from the ball and wrap it around the cardboard (this will be your shuttle)

step 3
tie a knot to the first row

step 4
take the cardboard shuttle and begin to weave under and over - continue this way until you reach the other side and tie down the end piece.

step 5
remove the loops from the nails - and because it was under tension the loops will fill in from the expansion.

hope you will give it a try - thanks.

arounna khounnoraj


Candice said...

what a great craft idea! when i first clicked on it, i thought, how the hell am i gunna be able to make this? but now i think i just may give it a go! thanks!

Anonymous said...

If you put nails on the other two ends and catch it on these as you weave then in the end you can finish off around the edge by hooking each loop through the one in front of it and so on until you have a finished edge all around the perimeter. We made pot holders like this as a kid.

Margie Oomen said...

isn't weaving fun xo

noflik nifelje said...

The most simple things in life are often the most beautifull ones. have a nice weekend!

My Juli said...

I love this idea, i have featured it on my blog with links back to you, hope you don't mind. Hope you have a great weekend.


This is really smart..i also have this small hand frame..& i like weaving stuff most...thanks for this smart tutorial...very nice...

lime green said...

what a great reminder of how easy weaving is
very nice project.

dahlhaus said...

Arounna!! Please tell me you know who made that amazing ceramic pitcher/bowl... I've seen their work before and never have found a link to see more! Would LOVE to know!
Love the project too:)

sfgirlbybay said...

love this! i think even i may be able to do this! :)

Kathryn said...

Ha, this looks like my Tiny Weaves set up but on a much larger scale! Way to go Arounna, great idea! Oh, to have balls of linen selvedge, what I would give ...

Galit said...

Wow!! So simple and great!!!
I'm going to try it this weekend! Was looking for an idea of what to make with my many scraps!

ssweetie said...

Love this DIY
so nice
a good idea

Lady Grey said...

This is beautiful!

Allison said...

Too cute! I LOVE the fabric choice!! Also love that you featured a weaving DIY as I am an avid weaver :) Great post!

Anonymous said...

That BOWL is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to know who's the potter?

Maaike said...

beautiful craftidea and beautiful pictures of it as well! Thank you. Happy Sunday, love Maaike

Anonymous said...

I like the use of selvedge here - selvedge is so beautiful. I made my tot a baby blue woven cushion from his father's old blue work shirts. (I get them when the cuffs and collars fray.) The different textures and shades of blue make a really subtle woven effect. I didn't bother with making the frame - I pinned it to a large plump cushion and it worked out fine.

chetanddot said...

this is lovely! i've long been saving my linen selvedges and now have the perfect use for them. thank you!

caron said...

What a lovely alternative to the plastic loom/potholder kits. My girls recieved one of the plastic kits as a gift and the fabric loops smelled toxic, and the plastic loom quickly broke. But...they loved doing it. Thanks so much for a great idea!

mandy said...

This would also be lovely in knit or crochet. I love 'making' my own yarn by ripping up previously loved natural fibers from our home or the thrift store on really big needles or hook.

Nancy Ward said...

I posted a link to this tutorial today.

Nancy Ward

Jan Halvarson said...

The ceramic artist's name is Evelyne Rivest Savignac from Quebec - Arounna tells us she gets her work every year at the one of a kind show in Toronto - she doesn't have a website. You could maybe contact the One of A Kind Show in Toronto - http://www.oneofakindshow.com/toronto/artisans.php - here is their contact page: http://www.oneofakindshow.com/toronto/contact.php

Thea Dam Søby said...

Thank you - its a wonderful guide!

I'll try it out with som kids :)

Monica said...

I have gobbs of ribbon (I go to the ribbon factory in Hagerstown, MD.......omg....the best place!!!!) and will try making this with ribbon!!!!!