THINGS I'VE MADE FROM THINGS I'VE PINNED: DIY WOVEN WALL HANGING.in craft, diy, things i've made from things i've pinned
Welcome to the second installment of Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned. This week I've been having a go at weaving. It seems like an understatement to say that woven wall hangings have been everywhere recently. My pinterest feed has been flooded with them. I've seen some amazing examples but it wasn't until I saw this tutorial from Honestly WTF pop up on Craftgawker that I finally decided to try making one myself.
Obviously I'm no expert at weaving, this was only my second attempt, you can see my first here so if anything I've done seems unclear or confusing I'd recommend checking out the tutorial above or this one from Loom and Spindle about common weaving mistakes and how to fix them. It really helped me as did this one over on Hello Hydrangea about weaving with different fibers.
Give it go and let me know how you get on.
Edited to add: You can find my latest weaving using a clipboard as a loom here.
A frame, I used a cheap artists blank canvas I already had lying around and stripped the canvas off of it but you could use an old picture frame or loom if you have one. This one has great reviews. Assorted wool. A fork. Scissors, A tapestry needle and a stick or wooden dowel.
1. We're going to start by making the warp. We do this by looping the wool over the frame in vertical strands. Tie the wool to the bottom corner of your frame. Take the wool and wrap it up and under the top of the frame and then under and over the bottom of the frame. Don't wrap it too tightly. You're trying to make a figure of eight. Keep going until you fill your frame.
2. Next take your dowel or stick and thread it through your warp. You want to do this below where the wool crosses. You should now have a separate layer of top and bottom strings.
3. To start the basic weave take your chosen wool and thread it onto a tapestry needle (the needle shown above kept catching as I threaded it through, it was too sharp so I swapped it for a blunter one half way through). We're going to thread it over the first warp string and under the second, over the third and under the fourth etc. Keep going until you have completed the first row. When pulling your wool through don't forget to leave a few inches at the end. We'll be neatening up these loose strands at the end.
4. Make sure you don't pull your wool through too tight and after each row use your fork to gently beat the wool down. If you've tried weaving in the past and have had a problem with wonky edges these are the things that will help solve that problem. The Loom and Spindle tutorial shows a few different ways of doing this. I started off using the arching technique but found it much quicker as I went along to use the slanting technique instead. Try a few out and see what works best for you.
5. Keep going until are happy with the amount of basic weave. Next I did four rows using the soumak stitch. This one took a little practice. At the time I used this video on youtube but yesterday I saw this weaving tutorial on A Beautiful Mess that explains it really clearly, you'll need to scroll down to step 28 to find it.
6. To add the tassels I slid the wool under the first two strands, made a loop by pulling it up through the middle, then lifted the strands up and down through the loop I'd just made. Pull tight and slide it into position. Fill in any gaps around the tassels with basic weave.
7. Carry on filling your loom with different colours, textures and stitched until you're happy with the pattern.
8. To finish your weaving and tidy up all those loose ends you're going to need to flip your weaving over. Re-thread the wool back onto your needle and pull it through some of the stitches on the back. Trim away any excess.
9. The last thing you need to do is remove your weaving from your frame. To do this cut away two warp threads at a time and knot them together. You can either stitch the ends back into the weaving like you did with the loose ends or you can use them to tie your weaving to stick and hang it like I did below.
So what do you think? I don't think it's too bad for a second attempt. I'm already planning a third so it looks like I've caught the weaving bug.
You can find more of my craft projects here and my latest weaving project here.