Hello again everyone. Thought we would ring the changes this week and look at some ideas to stretch your imagination even further!

I mentioned weaving, but then I realised there is quite a lot to weaving, so instead I am going to break that down further and start you with circular weaving!

Weaving, even with quite young children can be such fun. My mother taught me to make what we called cobweb weaving when I was about seven and home schooling in Africa.  Later I developed a circular loom so I could make them whenever I wanted, but you can do it just with a couple of paper plates (to make them a bit more rigid) or a circle of strong cardboard. 

Make cuts all around the circumference and then thread yarn or string back and forth across the circle.  These pictures are of my frame – showing the front and back, so you can see you are winding your yarn around each ‘lug’. If anyone would like additional instructions I can forward them if you email me at [email protected]   There should be yarn around every ‘lug’. 

Tie the ends together when you have finished. These are called ‘warp’ threads.

Start in the middle and weave in and out until you get to the outer edge.  You can go behind one and in front of two of your warp threads to vary the pattern, or check out the internet for more variations. You can use just one colour or lots of colours. And you can make the middle off-centre if you want, just by pulling your early threads out towards one side as you start.

In this example you will see some of my weaving is under one warp thread and over two and I have left a gap between a single row of turquoise and the next yellow row, for more interest.  You can play endlessly!  I then went on and filled in the gaps further towards the outside of the circle after I had taken it off the frame.

When you have gone as far as you can, gently pull your weaving off its frame and then use simple stitches to attach it to a piece of fabric the right size for the Glad Rags Project. (don’t forget that is a finished size of 15cms square with a 1cms seam allowance all round)

We have had more lovely samplers from supporters and have chosen this clever knitted square from Sandra Henderson to share with you this week.  Perfect use of colour and I am in awe of her shaping for the leaf!  But if you love knitting, just colourful stripes would look good – or with a bit of experience I bet someone could knit a rainbow on a square!

The banner picture this week is by WHP team member Karina. Her embroidery skills are impressive, but don't let her clever work put you off. There are all sorts of simple ways to make a lovely square for the GladRags Project

More weaving next week – on a square frame -  and maybe we’ll finally get to feltmaking!

Meanwhile, stay safe!



Nancy Shafee is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Fibre Art Network, Heritage Craft Association and current Chair of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen. 

Nancy lives in West Horsley. She teaches feltmaking and sells her work through The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford and Haslemere Museum.