How to Stick Weave, The Ancient Art

How to Stick Weave, The Ancient Art

One of the first forms of weaving recorded was stick weaving. It is an extremely easy beginners way to understand the concept of weaving, and to come out with some exciting projects. Here are the basic steps, without getting into patterns or anything like that. Instead of wooden sticks with holes, I use straws (milk straws here), because they are readily available and cheap.

How to Stick Weave, the Ancient Art

What you will need:  yarn, at least four straws, sharp yarn needle, Crochet thread, scissors

  • Measure out the crochet thread into lengths a little longer than the project you are going to make.  For instance, a book mark might be seven inches when finished, you would need nine inches.  This does not have to be exact.  It is better to have too much than too little!

  • Take the first length of thread and using the needle, thread it into the straws, pushing a small hole about ½ centimeter from the top of straw.  One end of thread should hold most of the length and leave about an inch on the other end.  Remove the needle and tie a knot on the ends near the straw.  Make it a good one, because you do not want the knot to come undone in the middle of weaving.  It would ruin the whole project.  Repeat for the rest of the straws, usually not over eight, and I suggest four for the first project.
  • Tie a slip knot or some other gentle knot in the ends opposite of the straws.  This will be a temporary knot, to be replaced by the finishing knot, and is just to keep things from getting tangled.
  • Okay, here is the weaving part.  Hold all the straws in one hand, evenly.  Take the yarn and weave over under, over under then around the last straw, and over under back to the first straw.  Each straw should have one ‘stitch’ on it.  This is a row.   Don’t bother to tie down your end, it will be fine when the stitches start to compress.  Don’t pull the rows of weaving too tightly, or you won’t be able to push the rows off the straws and onto the thread.  Don’t make it too loose, or it will look ‘messy’ and uneven.  Simply weave around with an even pressure so that the straws can move if pulled, but wouldn’t fall out of the weaving on their own.
  • Continue on with this, gently pushing down the rows, and leaving about 1 inch on top of the straws.  DO NOT push all the rows off the straws until you are completely done!  It is really hard to get the yarn back on evenly, though you can if a mistake is made.  The rows will naturally come to end of the straws and begin to go onto the thread.  You might have to give them a little push if you have woven too tightly. 
  • When the desired length is reached, make sure you have pushed the rows down so that they are compressed tightly, but not buckled.  This will be thick.   Push all the rows off the straws and onto the thread, making enough room so that all the threads can be tied together into a single knot. 
  • Cut off the thread from the straws and tie the ends together into a single knot. 
  • Push the rows against the knot you just made and go to the end of your weaving and adjust the knot there, pushing the rows together tightly and tying the ends together in a sturdy knot.
  • Finished! 

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Mr Ghaz, posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2010

excellent ideas! 8) like it..thanks for sharing this great weaving tips 8)

Anuradha Ramkumar, posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2010

Excellent. Step-by-step instructions are very clear. Thnx for the share.

giftarist, posted this comment on Jul 4th, 2010

I agree with Anuradha. Brilliant!

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