Yet Another Hobby: African Violets

Two years ago I bought a dozen African Violet leaf cuttings of miniature violets. Two years later, my hobby is going strong. I’ve lost a few but had success with most. They’ve all decided to bloom this month and put on a spring show.

African Violets don’t require as much care as most people think. Because the roots remain fairly shallow, using a light soil and repotting about twice a year is needed. About a month after repotting, I switch from plain water to a diluted African Violet fertilizer every other watering. My plants are under lights but they get plenty of indirect light, too. That’s about it!

Mini Tapestry

This time I used the Lightning Weaver with an crochet thread for a warp. I hemstitched the ends, and now that I’m done I realize I could have moved each end closer to the hooks to give more weaving room. The weft is embroidery floss, probably too thin, but that’s okay. It’s bright and lively. Off the loom, this teeny rug measures 3.5″ x 3.5″ not including fringe. It took about four hours!

Things I learned from this project: my weft was too fine for the warp and lead to having to beat each row too much; color changes make for fun, interesting weaving; my left selvedges are far tidier than my right (but I’ve always known that).

Mini Tapestry

Mini Tapestry

Mini Tapestry