By Benjamin Krudwig
Every holiday in my childhood home was a spectacle. Seasonal decorations went up all over the house; no room was left untouched by the festive frock. To me, the table has always been the place where people come together, so it's no wonder that I am drawn to making home-goods that belong on the dinner table.
As I was pondering this project, I knew that I wanted to make a centerpiece that would provide a textured backdrop for the rest of the Valentine's Day decorations.
What You'll Need
72 yds Neota Designs yarn, 50% Wool, 50% Silk, in the "Colorado Red" colorway
Materials and Equipment
To start, weave 9 Zoom Loom squares. They could all be the same color (as shown) or they could be an assortment of colors. The silk in my yarn added a decadent touch to this project, perfect for the season of romance.
Arrange the squares in a 3 x 3 grid and seam them together. It is probably best to sew the squares together as opposed to crochet them together to eliminate as much extra bulk as possible.
Starting on one of the corners, pull the center vertical thread, causing a gather or ruche.
Cut that thread in half and tie the ends together in a double knot to prevent it from coming undone.
Alternate the direction (vertical or horizontal) of the thread that you pull on each square.
Snip the tied ends close to the work to clean up the back of the piece. Gently wash the centerpiece and lay flat to dry.