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Weaving Yoga Straps

Believe it or not, I haven’t forgotten about this space. The truth is I have been going through a bit of an arts & crafts dry spell. The few crafts I have done have mostly been made for the sake of emptying out my stash of the many acrylic yarns I had received over the years. Honestly, I have very little desire to photograph or document any of those items; they didn’t even make it up on Ravelry!

There is one exception though, and that is weaving. A little while ago, The Fibermouse (previously known as Tintinnael) had lent me some supplies so I could learn card weaving. I found myself enjoying this much more than previous weaving attempts, but the problem was that, up until recently, I couldn’t find any real practical reason to be weaving straps.

That was, of course, until I found myself doing yoga and straining to get a good grip on my leg in Dancer’s Pose.

Remember my yoga socks from last year? It was while wearing them that I realized I could easily turn to another handmade solution here. I realized that card weaving (or inkle weaving, for that matter) is a great tool for weaving a sturdy yoga strap. Using a few yards of worsted weight cotton and about 25 cards, I made my first yoga strap.

As this was my first strap, you can be sure it ended with many imperfections. But I love it and use it constantly!

At the time of weaving this, I had a makeshift backstrap and I absolutely hated it. I was enjoying the process of weaving but the feeling of something wrapped around my waist made me feel constricted, not to mentioned the pain in my back, shoulders, and neck as I had to look straight down to see what I was weaving. I am sure all of this could have been improved upon with a better setup, but I knew I would still prefer a small loom that I could pull out whenever I wanted to weave. Luckily, through a combination of good timing and generosity, I got my hands on a Schacht Inkle Loom that also came with a pack of weaving cards. I can now inkle weave and card weave and I am so happy. So I have been practising with cotton thread, it’s too thin for the full straps I want to make, but it’s a start. I still need to practice since I often get confused in my patterns, as can be viewed in the first picture below.

In my last experiment, I finally tried the design I had drafted the first time I got the idea of weaving a yoga strap. I was trying to make a design to match Captain Marvel’s costume, and for someone who knows only the basics of card weaving, I think it turned out rather well!

My next step will be making this with thicker cotton for a full size strap as I definitely want this as my main yoga strap!

Now, if only that strap will help me keep my balance so I don’t fall flat on my face out of Dancer’s Pose…

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