This Fun Friday art Project is brought to you by MOCA’s Studio Assistant, Felix St. Hilaire. The Studio Assistant is a paid internship within MOCA available to Teen Art Force alumni that helps students learn about art education, studio management, and museum administration. As a student, Felix excelled in fashion design and textiles, so we’re sharing a simple circle weaving project you can do at home.
Cardboard circle weaving is a fun and easy activity for kids and adults. Using a homemade cardboard loom and some scraps of yarn, you can weave circular pot holders, trivets and wall art quickly and easily.
Circle weaving, also known as circular weaving or round weaving, is similar to regular weaving, but it’s done on a round loom instead of a rectangular loom. When you string the loom, your warp strings look like bicycle spokes, and you weave in and out of these spokes (or warp strings) in a circular direction.
Cardboard or Round paper plates
Various colored yarns in different textures
Assorted colorful and wooden beads (optional)
1. Draw spokes on your wheel with a pencil and add a cut notch. You can be exact and use a ruler if you want. Give your wheel an even number of spokes so you can see some of our beginning yarn peek out in the final weave, but if you don’t like that look, start with an odd number.*
2. Tape a piece of yarn to the back of your circle.
3. Run it across and then to the adjacent cut.
4. Repeat until you have strings that follow your pencil lines.
5. Tape your ending yarn to the back.
6. Tie the yarn you want to start weaving with through the center.
7. Go around the circle over and under as shown below.
8. Add beads along the way. Add new color yarn by simply tying it to the one on the loom.
9. When you’re done, tape the yarn to the back of your circle.
*A note from Amanda Coach, Curator of Education: You can punch a hole into the cardboard and hang it up, or use them as soft coasters. If you’d like, you can also unloop the strong from the loom and tie the strings together. For my circle, I opted for a slightly different method, by using an odd number of spokes and wrapping the spokes around the back of the wheel. Each method will give you a different result, so test them out and see what you can weave!
What did you create? Share your circular weaving with us by tagging @mocanomi and using the hashtag #MOCAFunFridays