Favorite stone, shell, small book, wood or other memento
Weaving Material: embroidery floss, hemp cord, or light crochet yarn
small glass beads (optional)
charms or buttons
#18 blunt tapestry needle
sewer's beeswax for coating floss (optional)
narrow ribbon or cording to wrap around object in Step 1
1.) To begin, take a small piece of ribbon and wrap around the stone
or object (see figure 1-A). Secure by tying a small knot on back or
overlap and secure with a couple of small stitches. If the object is
narrower on one end, place the ribbon about 1/4 the way down from
the narrow end. This will prevent the object from falling out of the
pouch when you are wearing it.
Tip: If you're using embroidery floss to weave the pouch, run it
through sewer's beeswax and iron to stiffen and strengthen the thread.
2.) If you don't want the contrast of a ribbon, (see example on left in
photo of necklaces above) wrap the cord or floss around the stone or
object twice and tie off, leaving a long tail (see Figure 1-B). Thread
your needle on the long tail and start weaving.
3.) For the first row, use floss, hemp cord, string or other flexible
weaving material and tie a knot over the overlapped ribbon. Make a
"u-shaped" loop of thread below the ribbon. Take the threaded sewing
needle up over the ribbon, then from the top down, insert the needle
down behind the ribbon and through the loop of thread (see figure 2).
Tip: If the ribbon slips around on the stone, temporarily tape it in place
on the sides with ordinary scotch or masking tape, moving the tape as
necessary as you weave around the stone or object.
4.) Continue in the same manner: Lay a loop below the ribbon, bring
the needle up and insert behind the ribbon, and end the stitch by going
through the loop and pull to tighten. Repeat until you've gone
completely around the stone. (Don't pull the stitches too tightly, or
they will be too close together and you'll lose the lacy effect.) On the
first row, make your stitches about 1/4"-1/2" apart. (see Figure 3)
5.) For row two, make one stitch in each loop of row one in the same
manner as previously described. (See Figure 4) Continue until you've
gone completely around the stone or object. (If your object widens and
you notice the stitches are tight and being stretched, increase by make
two stitches in each loop of row one.)
Embellishment Tip: You can add beads as you loop by taking the
sewing needle off, stringing the bead onto the cord, and then
re-threading the needle before you continue. This can be very pretty
and add sparkle to your pouch!
6.) Continue going around and around your stone or object creating
rows of loops. As you near the bottom, you will have to decrease your
stitches to tighten and close the pouch. Do this by skipping a loop in
the upper row and pulling tight to draw the sides of the pouch together.
Tip: When you run out of cording or floss, tie another length to your
weaving thread with a square knot, hide the ends by weaving them to
the inside of the pouch and continue creating loops. Plan ahead and try
to always add more weaving thread on the back side of your pouch.
7.) To finish the bottom, decrease the stitches, whip stitch the bottom
closed, and hide your ends.
8.) To make the necklace: Securely tie one end of some cording to the
top side of the pouch. Measure around your neck to determine the
proper length and tie the other end of the cording to the opposite side
of the pouch. (Make sure you can pull it over your head!) You may
wish to string beads on the cording, but be sure to tie large overhand
knots in between the beads to keep them from slipping.
9.) Add any embellishments by tying beads, charms, buttons, etc. onto
the pouch. Also, you may wish to weave small feathers into the pouch.
Be creative and have fun!