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.
A frame, I used a cheap artists blank canvas I already had lying around and stripped the canvas off of it.
A darning or tapestry needle,
And a stick or wooden dowel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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