28″ Knitting Board… Weaving with VCR Tape!

 

wristlit_tapeWeave a wristlet with VCR tape. Do you have a few VCR cassettes lurking in the back of the junk closet? Dig them out and weave them into a fashionable wristlet to carry all your essentials for your next night out on the town.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Knitting Loom
28″ Knitting Loom with Peg Extenders

Yarn
VCR tape and Vanna’s Glamour by Lion Brand

 

 

Tools
Tunisian crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors, large button, Philip’s head screwdriver.

Finished Length
4.5” by 9” excluding the strap.

Terminology
Warp – the vertical lines of yarn you weave in an out of on the loom.
Weft – the horizontal line of yarn that you weave in and out of the warp.

1.     Disassemble to VCR tape. Use the screw driver to unscrew the 5 screws holding the cassette together.  Take the two halves apart and remove the reels containing the tape.  Cut off the clear leader tape.

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2.     Assemble the loom. Attach the loom extenders two sections apart.

3.     Warp up the loom.Tie the VCR tape to a corner peg. Work back and forth across the length of the loom, wrapping the tape around every peg. Tie the VCR tape  to the last peg you’ve warped and cut leaving a 5″ tail.

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4.     Begin weaving. From the opposite side weave the tunisian crochet hook under over the warp.  Unreel enough vcr tape  to reach across the width of the loom. Fold the vcr tape and hook it on the crochet hook.  Use one hand to keep tension on the folded tape against the crochet hook, and your other hand to gently pull the crochet  hook through.  Place the loop from the crochet hook onto the next peg.  Repeat the process, this time weaving over, then under yarns. Continue until all of the pegs have been filled. On the last row of weft, you may find it easier to weave through only a few warps thread at a time.  Leave a long tail, cut the vcr tape, and tie it to a corner peg.

5.     Taking it off of the loom.  With Holding two strands of yarn together, make a slip know and place it on your crochet hook.  Use the hook to lift the weft off the peg, and onto the crochet hook.  Yarn over the hook and pull through both the loop of vcr tape and the loop of yarn.  There should now be on loop of yarn on the crochet hook and one peg bound off.  Continue all the way around until the woven piece has been removed from the pegs.  Leave the yarn on the crochet hook.  Do not cut the yarn.

6.     Chain the wrist strap.   Yarn over the hook, and pull the yarn through the loop on the hook, one chain stitch has been created. Continue until you have crocheted a chain about 8 inches long.  Leave the yarn on the crochet hook.  Do not cut the yarn.

7.      Seam the edges of the purse.  Fold a third of the woven piece up to  create the body of the purse.  Insert the crochet hook into the bind stitch at the base of the wrist strap chain stitches, then into the coordinating bind off stitch on the back of the purse; yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook.  Insert the hook into the next bind off stitch on the front and back of the purse, yarn over and pull though all the loops on the hook.  Continue in this fashion until you have seamed up one side of the purse.  Cut and knot the yarn.  Weave in your ends.In a similar fashion seam up the other side of the purse.  Cut and knot the yarn. Weave in your ends.

8.     Add a button loop.  Make a slip stitch, place it on the hook.  Insert the crochet hook into the center edge of the purse flap, yarn over the hook and pull   through the woven fabric, two loops on the hook; yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook; one single crochet stitch created. Yarn over pull through, one chain stitch created, continue making chain stitches until it is about twice the width of your button. Insert the crochet hook into the next bind off stitch on the edge of the purse flap, yarn over the hook and pull  through the woven fabric, two loops on the hook; yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook; one single crochet stitch created.  Cut and knot the yarn.  Weave in your ends.

9.     Sew on the button. Use a single strand of yarn and the tapestry needle to sew on the button.  Knot the yarn on the back side to secure.

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 Mary K. Lawrie is a vegan artist and crafter. She gets really excited about eco-crafts and recycled materials.

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