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Encanto. A charming BeWeave box of colour for our May weaving themed subscription

Mirabele from Encanto

I love a Disney theme at the best of times and was so excited to put together the May BeWeave box based on the lovely story of Encanto. Encanto is Spanish for Charm. It is a beautiful story of self-acceptance with a gorgeous backdrop of colours and song. This movie recently became a new favourite for the kids and I quickly wanted to play around with some of the prominent colours you see throughout the film, especially in Mirabele’s skirt. This brought me to the magical may box that went out to our BeWeaeve subscribers. Lets take a look.

Painted Piuma chunky Yarn – delicately spun this extra fine merino wool yarn is super soft to touch and just magical in colour. Featuring blues, greens and purple in a hand painted style, it is a chunky yarn ideal for crochet, knitting and weaving. This stunning yarn was exclusive to this months box.

Metallic Cotton frizz yarn – When you need to add a little bling this sparkly upgrade of an old favourite is the perfect fit. The metallic cotton frizz has a cotton ribbon with metallic fringe.

Extra Fine Merino – Deliciously soft, this extra fine combed top in jewel green will certainly impress. Extra fine is silky smooth at 19 microns and is wonderful for weaving, spinning and felting.

Luxe cotton string – A bundle of 5mm luxe European cotton string for bulking up your fringes and filling in spaces.

Pop Ariel yarn – This artisan made yarn has a stretchy braided cotton core and is wrapped with boucle yarn for a pop of colour and texture. Great for weaving but also fun projects such as crochet or knitted bags, cushions and tops.

Beaded wire yarn – Easy to manipulate and style this pearly wire will bring an elegant touch to any project.  

With so many stunning colours and textures packed into the May box it was easy to bring them all together in our inspiration project. For this month we had a look at a new warping technique for a hoop. The hoop I chose was a bland metal hoop which I prepared by spray painting in a copper colour. The hoop was then wrapped with sari silk ribbon before being warped partially in a vertical manner.

Check out the video of how I did this below

Warping vertical instead of circular on a round loom allows for a standard left to right/ right to left weft. It also meant that I could create a unique feature by only warping half of the loom.

The inspiration project used a little of ever fibre in the box and consisted of tabby, soumak, twining, rya and looped rya techniques.

If you would like to explore some new techniques and curate a stunning fibre collection too, take the simple step of subscribing to BeWeave, our tapestry weaving subscription to get your first monthly box.

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