DIY Stick Weaving

Hello, everyone!

I have a new DIY for you today!

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I’ve been pretty into weaving lately. It all started about six months ago when I saw this tutorial on my favorite blog… I came up with my own DIY adjustable loom, and ever since then I’ve been experimenting and learning new tactics and creating all sorts of new pieces!

This stick weaving is super great for beginners for a few reasons: It’s basic weaving. No crazy textures or tassels (as fun as those are!). You don’t need a loom. The stick acts as it’s own loom, so you don’t need to spend any time or money making or purchasing a loom. This weaving can be as big or as small as you’d like depending on the size of your stick.

You Need:
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-A ‘Y’ shaped stick
-Thread (though you really could use yarn, I just feel it looks cleaner with thread)
-A variety of yarn

One:
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Take your thread (or yarn) and tie one end around the beginning of the ‘Y’ part of your stick. Pull it tight to the other side, and wrap it around twice. Pull it back to the beginning side, and wrap it around twice again. Repeat this until the thread goes all the way up the stick, then tie it again. Make sure you keep the thread pulled at tight as you can while you do this step.

Two:
Plan out the design you’d like for your weaving. A lot of people like to sketch out a basic plan with their yarn colors. I tend to skip this step and follow a vision in my head, but it all depends on what works best for you.

Three:
Cut a decent length of the yarn you’re starting with. Pull it up over the first thread being sure to leave at least 4″ of yarn hanging under. Begin weaving your design following the direction of the stick by pulling the yarn under the next thread, then over the next, under, over, under… you get it (but here’s where I first learned if you’d like more detail). Weave until you’re ready for your next color (or just do the whole thing in one color if you’d like!), then end with the yarn going under a thread. Cut the yarn leaving at least 4″ hanging. Pick your next color and start where you left off in the same way. It’s really straight forward and simple, especially once you get the hang of it!

Four:
Once you’ve finished your weaving, turn it over and tuck all the loose yarn ends under the threads. You’re done!

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I hope you guys enjoy this DIY! I’d love to see any weavings you create!

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-The Whale

West. (Vacation Photos)

Hey, Everyone! I’m back from vacation!

This post is all about my travels and a bunch of photos!
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I must say that this trip involved a lot of driving… I wasn’t a huge fan of that. I also wish I had taken more photos of the cabin, and any at all of Denver. I do have more on my phone, so that might end up being another post!

My favorite part (scenery wise) was the Badlands hands down. You can probably tell by the amount of photos I took there! So lovely.

My favorite part (activity wise) was a tie between the cabin we stayed at in South Dakota, or Denver, Colorado. I wish I could have had more time to see Denver… we only stayed one night there. Maybe I’ll make a trip back there!

Now it’s back to daily life in Cincinnati. I do love my city.

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-The Whale

DIY Geometric Planters

Hello, all!

I have a DIY for you all today!

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I made a few of these planters for my new apartment and I just love how easy they are to make and they look so pretty!

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For this DIY all you need is some flower pots to paint, spray paint (pick two colors. I chose white and gold!), and some tape!

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Step One: Pick your first color and apply a coat of spray paint to the planter. Allow that to dry completely.

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Step Two: Tape a design onto your planter! I made some triangles on mine but be creative!

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Step Three: Apply a second coat of spray paint in your second color.

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Step Four: Remove the tape and enjoy!

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I planted some nice succulents in all of my little planters and a nice (I don’t remember what it is) vine plant in my bigger one! I love trying to bring the outside into my space!

-The Whale

April Showers

Hello everyone!
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(<3 Whale Boots!)

So spring has finally sprung here in Indiana! I'm beyond stoked to be done with all the cold and the snow. Not my thing… There was a lovely calm rain going on the other day. I felt the need to snap some pictures because it just felt so tranquil. So out in the rain I went, and you know what? It didn't bother me one bit.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:
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I hope you all are also having warmer weather!

-The Whale

Featuring: Charley Harper

Hello everyone!

Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite artists: Charley Harper!
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Charley was from Cincinnati, OH (my favorite/hometown city. There’s a pretty great mural of one of his works in the downtown area.) and studied at The Art Academy of Cincinnati. He also later taught there. Charley’s style is often described as ‘minimal realism’ and is definitely featuring wild life. Birds mostly.

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I discovered Charley Harper’s art at a 20th Century flea market a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love! A lot of it may have had to do with the fact that one of his works involved a puffer fish… and I LOVE puffer fish. I plan on eventually having one for a pet. They’re great. I could go on about them forever… but I won’t make you suffer through that. You’re welcome.

So anyways, I bought this bowl. Its my new favorite bowl.
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I also love these pieces!
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Well that’s about it for today. You can see more from Charley here.

-The Whale