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« on: November 12, 2007 06:59:37 PM »

This may be a bit silly but I was wondering if you can weave with strips of old jeans. I have some old jeans that I cut the legs off of when I *ahem* wore out the inside thighs. I go back and forth between cutting them into strips and knitting with them or weaving them into a funky scarf or something. Of course, I have the knitting needles and not a thing to weave on... in fact, I dont know how to weave. It just seems like these leftovers are begging to be woven into something cool.

Any ideas or suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007 04:56:34 AM »

Yes you can weave strips of fabric it is called rag weaving and is commonly used in rugs. http://www.crazyasaloom.com/id35.html

You can make a frame loom and sew panels to gether to get the desired length. I use old frames and canvas stretcher bars to make my frame loom. You could also make a card board loom. http://www.marlamallett.com/loom.htm  http://www.hallnet.com/Build.html http://www.montessoriworld.org/handwork/weave/weaving3.html

You can invest in a rigid heddle loom. http://www.woolery.com/Pages/rigidheddle.html

Or you could mimic paper/ ribbon weaving and use the denim for both the warp(vertical, length of fabric) and the weft(horizontal, width of fabric). Find a place or piece of foam core to tape or pin your warp down, your warp should be as long as you want your scarf. If you want fringe pin/tape the denim after the length of fringe. The strips should butt up to each other. Then lift every other strip then put in a strip of denim lay your warp down, lift the opposite strips lay down a strip of weft. continue until you reached your desired length. Top stitch or zigzag around the edge of your scarf to secure. http://sewing.about.com/library/blribweav.htm  http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/lb_bedding/article/0,2025,DIY_13993_2270788,00.html
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