Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Tale of a Woven Sadu Necklace

In my quest to make functional items from the samples I am weaving in my Sadu Weaving classes, I had the ultimate challenge of making something out of a 2 1/2" piece of weaving. I intended on weaving two longer strips, but a little cutting accident while removing the pieces from the loom, resulted in this little piece needing to become something nice. I am a firm believer that some of the most creative projects begin as accidents. Challenging yourself to work with what you have makes your brain work in a different way. Of course the first thing that came to mind was a piece of jewelry, because that is what I like to make most of all!

The biggest trick was how to make the top of the pendant look finished and not like a chopped off sample strip. I gathered the top in, to make a pompom on top, I added some more yarn strands to make it fuller. It seemed like too much fringe at the bottom, so I rolled up the white strands on the ends and couched them into scrolls. Then the little chopped off strip of weaving became a sculptural piece, worthy of being a pendant. I finished off the piece with a crocheted cord and bobble and loop fastening at the back. Crochet always saves the day on finishing!

My main goal was to transform the piece into something that looked like it was meant to be, instead of an accident. I am now thankful for the accident, and planning to weave some more small pieces on purpose to create with!