Last week I was telling you about this cool project I found, where you weave a rug around a hula hoop (via Flax & Twine). I really liked the idea, but was overwhelmed by the size of it – and the lack of a hula hoop in my life. One thing led to another, and I realized I can make a miniature rug instead. A coaster! Of course, you can make a whole set, and here is how:
What you need:
- embroidery hoop (just the inner circle)
- neutral string
- colorful shoe laces/colorful string
I started by cutting the shoe laces in half – they were long – and I tied each piece around the hoop. The six pieces turned into 12 spokes. For a perfect pattern of over + under, I needed an odd number of spokes, which I got by placing together two of the spokes, and counting them as one ( in the pictures, you can see that one green and one yellow spoke are overlapping). I tied a knot on the back to begin, and just went round and round, under and over the colorful shoe laces. Each loop was considered a single spoke at this point.
About halfway to the end, I created more structure by dividing each spoke into two spokes. I thought I’d use up the entire ball of string, but I still got plenty left! I finished the weaving with a knot on the back, when I came close to the edge. At this point, I untied the initial knots and carefully knot the shoe laces tightly. I did that with each spoke in turn, and then cut off the excess – you can keep it, if you like some fringe!
I like how you can barely see the shoe laces, but it’s enough to give it some color! You could even use a single ball of string for everything if you want it more minimal, or you could go crazy on colors if that’s what you like.