Sunday, 27 October 2013

Tips, Tools & Techniques - Ribbon Weaving

Hello! Here's our regular feature where we share tips, tools & techniques that have caught our eye, things we have Pinned, and things we have tried. These are probably not going to change your life(!) but might make it a bit easier or more fun!
I did this a while ago for our last Textile ATC swap, but thought I would go into more detail and share with you how I made the woven embellishment.
I collected a variety of ribbons in different widths and types of fabric in the colour scheme I wanted (actually some of these "ribbons" are bits of bias binding as I didn't have black ribbon but had LOADS of this!!)
After working out the size of the piece I wanted, I cut a piece of backing fabric the same size. I used a grey/black patterned cotton scrap so that it wouldn't show too much through the holes in the weaving piece.

I ironed some fusible web to one side of this cotton and then laid it down (fusible web side up) onto a piece of foam mount board. 

I placed different ribbons along the length of this piece, and pinned them into the board, keeping them fairly tightly pulled. I then wove pieces of the same selection of ribbons across the width, alternating as you would normally do with weaving. I again used pins in to the board to hold these in place.
When completed I (carefully!) slid the final piece onto an ironing board, covered with a tea towel and ironed it to fuse the ribbon weaving to the backing piece.
You are left with a fairly stable piece to use however you want - I cut out a shape for my ATC and had plenty left over! 
I've never had a ribbon addiction but I think I have now..!


  1. Yet another great idea and tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Very pretty. I like the way you have stuck to red, black and white.

  3. I love the endless possibilities of pattern/color combinations of weaving. It's a fun thing to be addicted to. Lol.

    1. Marie, weaving is really satisfying! We saw some great pieces at the weekend that were weaved used metal wire and ribbon! xx


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