Hi everyone, just when you think you’re beginning to figure me out I introduce something else new into the mix. But that’s me.
Colors fascinate me. All colors. Shapes of things fascinate me also. And then you have the patterns within the shapes. I’m guessing the reason nature is so infinitely beautiful to me is that it is such a myriad of colors, shapes and patterns all blended in a seemingly never-ending variety of things that become beautiful in their appearing simplicity.
Now there’s a thought, complex simplicity. Nature at it’s finest. Every outdoor photographer understands this. Every artist that’s every put paint to a canvas, pencil to a paper, digital imagery to a screen and so forth. We get it. It really is about all those, colors and shapes that fascinate.
One day I picked up yarn and without really knowing what I was doing I began to play around. Using one or more strands of yarn of varying colors and texture using only the hook that is normally used for crocheting I began to (for want of a better word) weave, single loops inside of other single loops, something simple but lovely. The first pattern was simple swirls.
And then I discovered I could actually weave different patterns with the loops depending on were I pulled the yarn through the next loop.
Okay, So now I’m really beginning to have fun here. After I realized by lessening the number of loops I could create sides I was really excited. From then on my creative nature really took over.
On and off in my spare time I crafted a variety of containers. One thing led to another and after a few years of crafting in my spare time mostly, I came up with something I call loopweaving. The photo’s you are viewing are a few of my creations. I hope you enjoy them.
Colors fascinate me, as I mentioned I sometimes use as many as I can to create an effect.
57 thoughts on “Loopweaving”
Hi Penny: How can I do loopweaving. Is there a book I can pick up in the library or in the bookstore. Thank You, Suzanne
Hi Suzanne, thanks for coming by, book and video were delayed. I’m hurrying to get both ready right now. Hang on. ☺
You have weaved some wonderful items
Yeah, it sort of just happened, before I knew it I’d discovered this whole new way of being creative, baskets made from yarn, who knew? 🙂
It’s amazing how these things occur. Suddenly learning that you can do something.
See the thing is, as I understand it from research and responses I received from different countries, no one had ever done this type of thing with yarn (where nothing is used but a hook and yarn – no form or anything) before, so I made up a new word and called it loopweaving. A museum in Israel wanted me to come and teach a class on how to do this, but like everything else in life I retreat when I get too much exposure, still it was fun making up something new! 🙂
LOL, you could have been world famous. Could have been all over the news.
“And finally, a new skill has surfaced in America. Loopweaving. This has been created by Penny Howe of [insert state here]” lol
Glad you got some recognition for it though 🙂
You know, for me it is never about recognition, it’s about self discovery and then sharing. That is really who I am. All the rest, I’ll leave that to others! 🙂
I’m sort of like that. Which is one reason why I have no photo of me. That, and I won’t give people nightmares that way lol
Still a goofball! Mondrake 🙂
What is a goofball?
Oh okay, first a term of endearment, just so you know, second, someone who can be silly and fun to be around, another way of saying …silly boy or in your case silly man! 🙂
I see 🙂 Thank you
Your welcome, do you have an expression there that means a similar thng?
Fool, twit – or my favourite that isn’t used enough any more – ninkompoop 😀
Now I think about it, the films where people are “goofing off” I see where goof ball comes from 😛
Yes, I think it’s more complimentary than fool, twit or ninkompoop, however!
Haha yes 😀
wow ,I love those pots and that vase ,I will show them to my mother she would be so happy she loves crocheting too .I tried once to learn crochrting but I ended up with a tiny hat all the time 🙂 i’ll keep trying 🙂
Thank you. It does take a little bit of practice. I hope your mother enjoys the photos. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate it very much! 🙂
I’m sure she will 🙂 I will show you some of her masterpieces to you as well 🙂
Love these and the cute kitten!! 🙂
Thank you. and thanks for dropping in, very much appreciated! 🙂
This is amazing! Such great detail and so colorful.
Thank you very much, I appreciate your lovely comments!
Wow – what a beautiful skill to have! I love your work! (especially the one containing the cute kitty 🙂
Wow— that is amazing. You are really good at that! Those are absolutely beautiful Penny… Is that your kitten??? Also sweet- ahhhh you are a cat person… No wonder I like you! Hahahaaahahaa…
Thank you. Yes my kitty (One of two brothers, I call them my guys!)is now all grown up, but they are still super cool!I like you too! 🙂
Verrrrry nice! And impressive!
Thank you – very much!
Amazing, what a flow of energy – could I have the one with the kitten, please?
Thanks and the “kitten” now weights 28 lbs (I know, Both he and his brother just kept growing and growing and…! – their daddy was a main coon cat even though they look like their mom (who wasn’t). My guys are 4 years old now, I’ve had them since they were 5 weeks. Their favorite thing at night is to sleep across my legs (as in immovable). Still love ’em though. As kittens both tested each yarn container I made. It was hilarious!Thanks again for the nice compliment. Much appreciated! 🙂
Wow Penny, I am so impressed. Love the creations you have shared here. I agree with the comments above that when we are most in need, the creative muse shows up. This is what happened with me and the photography, writing and then the blogging project. It is a wonderful gift. Now – I want to know how you do this craft of yours. I am the worst at crafts… never could crochet or knit etc…. is this easier? I have so many muscle skeletal limitations not sure I could venture to try it…but admiring yours today a lot ~ 🙂 Much Love and thanks for your sharing this!
Thank you Robyn, I wasn’t any good at those wonderful yarn crafts either (although I know some really gifted knitters and crocheters), and I was especially bad at following the abbreviated directions (talking foreign language here) and the last big hitch is I’m left-handed, so there you go.Let me see if I can come up with a way to show you some basics. Thanks again for your lovely comments my friend!:)
You are a really talented person. I wonder how could yo manage to switch between so many creative processes you are involve with. 🙂
Thank you, Arindam! So are you! As far as the rest goes, it just seems to happen and I go along with it.
I think exquisite was already said, I’m going to say it again anyway! 😉 Exquisitely gorgeous! You most definitely are very very very talented! Beautiful to look at and fun to think about! Thank you for sharing this with us 🙂 Blessings ~
Your last photo sums it all up…exquisitely beautiful! ~ Wendy
Wendy, what generous praise, thank you so much. greatly appreciated. Hope your day is a good one for you. 🙂
I was right… my 12 year old daughter LOVED this post! Nice job. ~ Wendy
Thanks, and shhhh…don’t tell anyone but I love encouraging all (especially those at the age of your daughter who is just on the cusp of change) creative souls. Being creative is a great way to stay in touch with yourself while you figure out the world and people around you! I am so very pleased she liked my offerings. 🙂
Writer, Sketcher & Weaver…What else do you have in that bag o’ tricks? 😉
Thanks Rosy, Ahhh that would be telling wouldn’t it 😉 Hope your day is a simply great one!
beautiful write…beautiful loop weaving I really like the bowls.
Thank you len. The creative urge to make these was inspired by the need to remove myself emotionally from some very tough things happening in my life at that time. Funny how life will present us with obstacles and as we attempt to overcome them our creative nature springs forth to heal our souls! Hope this day is a positive one for you my friend. 🙂 xoxo
I took 18 yrs to hand embroder squares for a king sized quilt for that reason . You are correct in that our creativity comes out more when in troubled times. I am havuing a good day hope you are as well.:)
I am, thanks, way to go with the quilt! 🙂
So creative and beautiful! love the bowls for using flowers inside.What a great idea!
Thanks Violet, much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting me! 🙂
I like this post! Everything is so neat and creative!
I am most appreciative of your appreciation Stephen! 🙂 Seriously, thank you for your kind words, I hope today is good for you!:)
so neat and creative – I love bowls etc made out of something unexpected — how does one “loopweave”–obviously I am not up on the creative arts
Thank you for your kind words. I’m not normally a craft oriented sort of person. I just made loopweaving up or I should say the creative muse settled in and just didn’t want to leave until I’d come up with this original way to craft yarn. (Shoulder shrugging here) Looking back I’m not sure how it happened either. But it is fun to do now! You have a wonderful day today and thank you for visiting me my friend! 🙂
how creative – you made up your own craft – how cool is that?
Thanks, it just sort of happened, I just kept going with the flow! 🙂
These are fantastic! You’re one very talented lady 🙂
Thanks Diane for the lovely compliments, I appreciate them very much. Hope your day is a good one for you! 🙂