Makers Women of Jax – T-Shirt Weave 9.9.14
The main picture is with the first strap of the weave not weaved in. The bottom of this posts shows this cut off and the shoulder straps scrunched together.
The second Tuesday of every month a group of Jax Women have been getting together to Make Stuff. We started last month as a basic meet-up to see what skills people have and what they would like to learn or share. We decided to go with t-shirt modification weaving for our first DIY meeting as we meet at a local beer bar and are waiting for a few months to get to know each other before we take on wood working and bigger projects. I decided it would be great to blog about our meet-ups for those who have missed it, or those who are interested in joining and seeing what it is all about.
Right now we are just a group of women looking to enjoy drinks and fun with other local ladies. Any woman is welcomed to join us This Months was brought to us by Autumn and MJ. Autumn was an excellent teacher! She walked around and helped us when we got lost and had patience They both had some awesome shirts to show to us if we wanted to expand on the shirt weaving! I wish I took more pictures of there shirts, maybe I can get them to send me some! This is also awesome if you want the front of a shirt to become the back if you cut the front and back neckline together (Red shirt in step 1). I used my WAKA Kickball shirt as I love playing kickball but can’t stand wearing plain shirts! Off to my beer shirts next!
Step 1. Cut the Collar of the shirt off. You can do this close to the collar or a few inches away. You can also cut the back and front at the same time. Totally up to you!
Step 2 Cut off the sleeves (optional, I did at the end)
Step 3 Fold the back in half with the fold going from the neckline to the bottom
Step 4: Put a piece of tape so it makes a triangle by going between the neckline and the sleeve down to the center of the shirt (or wherever you decide).
Step 5: Cut strips from the fold to the tape line (also up to you on the thickness)
Step 6: Open the shirt off, remove the tape and pull the strips. It takes a lot to rip a shirt, so pull, pull, pull. I didn’t pull mine enough, so I had to go pull some more after my first weave. Don’t be shy!
Some things to keep in mind that were discussed, the thinner the strips the more weaving going on. the more you pull and weave less the wider the space will get (great for a tight shirt). If you pull less and weave more the shirt will get smaller (great for larger shirts).
Step 7: Now the fun part! Start weaving. You can do 1 weave, 2 weaves, etc. it is all up to you!!
Hold the second strip from the top and pull it up and under the first strip. Drop the first strip and hold the second up in the air some. Now grab the 3rd strip and pull up over the dropped strip and under the one you are holding and now hold this strip instead. Now grab the 4th strip and pull up over the dropped strips and under the one you are holding. Continue this until you are at the end. Don’t let go when you get to the end!
Step 8: Cut the last loop you are holding up in half. Then knot each end to the strip above.
Step 9: Continue doing this as many times as you please! You can also do this on the side, or two on the back by cutting triangle shaped strips with the material folded somewhere else. Here are some pictures of Fellow Makers that made there shirts at the meet-up. What fun!!
Here is a link to a great you tube video I found: http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=GD6uQOCVLg0
Next month (Oct. 14) we are going to do basic Jewelry Making (I am teaching this one!). I have some tools for people to share but ask if anyone has their own to please bring them. Small house pliers and needle nose pliers will also work! I am also asking for a few dollars (maybe 2?) for supplies as I will provide wire, findings (earring pieces, bracelet clasps, beads, etc.) and if you have any beads laying around bring them too!! I will bring some beads too! I also just noticed that there is a bead show Oct. 10-12, these let you get so much cheap stuff!
Here is a good basic beginner set of tools I found if you think this is something you will make more than one of. If you have Amazon Prime it is free shipping and let’s you be lazy! (or if you don’t get near a craft store often) You can also go to jo-ann or Michaels or any craft store and get something similar. Make sure you download their app first and use their coupon though!!! You can also use them on-line. And Joann will accept competitor coupons, so check all coupons (Michaels, joann, hobby lobby, AC Morre) to get the best deal! I’m sure other places also accept competitor coupons too, I just am always at Joanns for fabric so I seem to go there and will use 2-4 different coupons when checking out so I can save on a lot of items and only check out once
Great set I found with good reviews and a great price especially if you have Amazon Prime
http://www.michaels.com/bead-landing-jewelry-tool-set/10334538.html <– This is a Great price also if you are by Michaels!