For those who enjoy weaving projects and like to see their home decorated with items of nature, branch weaving is one type of project you surely need to try. There’s no easier way to bring nature into your home and turn it into a piece of art. To put it perspective, branch weaving is like a combination of a dream catcher and yarn bombing. The number of patterns at your disposal is endless, especially since no piece can truly be the same due to branches coming in all shapes and sizes.
Below you will find the basic strategy for creating your own branch weaving piece, and you can find weaving patterns for it anywhere online. Even better yet, you could improvise your own design!
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Directions for Branch Weaving
- The first step is to prune a tree or forage for a branch – the latter is the better option if you do not have an ideal tree for pruning. Foraging through the woods or watching around the neighborhood for fallen branches is the better choice, especially if there are oak branches around.
- The ideal branch should have a V-shape in it. If your branch is fragile, it will become smaller as you try to coil it with the yarn. Make sure the branch is strong.
- Once you’ve chosen your branch, trim off any excess twigs you don’t want or need. Be careful while using the pruning shears or the handsaw. If you’re doing this crafts project with a kid, you should handle the trimming. Clean the branch of any animal residue or scat.
- When the branch is cleaned and trimmed, you can wind either yarn, thread, or string—either of the three will do, but yarn should hold up longer.
- Tie off the yarn on the V-shape’s closed left or right end at the bottom of the branch. Stretch it across to the other side of the branch, wrap the yarn around once, and stretch it back over to the other side of the “V,” wrapping the yarn around once as you did before. Keep the yarn tight as you wrap and stretch.
- Continue along the “V” branches until you get to the end or to the place where you wish to halt. Tie the yarn into a knot, cutting of the surplus yarn with scissors.
- In terms of a threading pattern, it is entirely up to you. You can thread the yarn starting on one side of the “V” or you can start at the bottom and work your way up. You can also work free-hand or download patterns for you to follow.
- You could use a fork for tightening the weave whenever if you aren’t able to get it tight enough otherwise with just fingers.
- Also, don’t be concerned about knotting the yarn when you start a new color or run out of thread. You can weave the knots into the backside of the weave at the end. The rows should be tight enough, so the yarn will not come out.
- Your crochet hook can catch the yarn ends on the underside of the weaving project, meaning they won’t hang out. Then, trim any remaining long pieces.
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