I’m slightly obsessed with weaving wall hangings. I’m not sure what I’ll do with my growing collection but I love making them! I think you’ll love it too. And I’m here to show you a very simple, VERY inexpensive way to get started on your first weaving with this DIY woven wall hanging tutorial.
- Kids Plastic Weaving Loom (I was surprised how well this worked! Very appropriate for a beginning weaver and super inexpensive to boot!)
- Yarn (at least two colors; I used tan, white, oatmeal, and a greenish-blue)
- Twine (or hemp twine or any twine you have at home. I think thinner is better unless you are using super bulky yarn)
- Kids Plastic Threading Needle
- Good Scissors
- Stick/Dowel for Hanging
- Dinner Fork
- Craft Stick (optional)
Prep step: Knot twine on one end prong of the loom. Don’t cut the twine yet, keep it on the ball.Prep step: Wind the twine around the top and bottom prongs until you’ve reach the width you want for your DIY woven wall hanging. Keep it tight as you go and tie off with a knot on the last bottom prong. This is called your warp thread.Let’s start the weaving!
Step 1: Cut a long piece of yarn and double up. Pass the looped end under the first warp thread, with the loop towards the right. (The yarn weaves are called weft.)
Step 2: Pass the loose ends through the loop.
Step 3: Create another right-facing loop and go under the next warp.
Step 4: Pass the loose ends through the loop.Step 5: Repeat this weave until the row is complete.Step 6: Now reverse direction and complete a left-facing row. (The only difference is that your loop is facing left and you just move left across the row.)Step 7: Some people wait to do the fringe but I go ahead and do it now. Create a rya knot as shown in the photo. You take two warp threads, hold the yarn (I use two pieces) to the left, cross under the first warp, cross over both warps and back under the second warp. Is that clear as mud? This is one of those things that works best with a visual!
Continue making rya knots across the loom. Don’t worry about how long the fringe is as long as you have a enough room to trim it later.Step 8: You don’t have to use a needle for this but it’s insanely helpful. And a plastic one is great. Use the needle to create a plain weave. This just means going under one warp, over the next, under the third, over the fourth, and so on. Too keep a little wiggle room when you are weaving, create little crescents as shown.
Step 9: Use a dinner fork to press the yarn down to the bottom.
Pro tip: This isn’t absolutely necessary but it sure does help. Use a flat stick (a craft stick works great) to weave between the warp thread. Every other pass with the yarn will be much easier just by lifting the stick up, as shown in the photo.Step 10: Now get your weave on! Just keep using the plain weave. You can use this simple weave to create shapes, mix textures and colors. As you can see here, I create triangles on the side. To weave a triangle, you start by looping yarn on one warp thread and then move up one thread each pass. Once you have the point you want, you then move down one thread each pass. Change colors and use different yarns to mix it up. Each time you change, tuck the yarn back into the weaving. Professionals make this look seamless but you don’t have to worry about that. Just make sure the ends are tucked in tight and sticking out the back, not the front.Step 11: Now we will finish off the weaving. Use the same base stitch you used earlier. I like to skip every four weft threads to create a different look. If you just do one row, it will be a little loose. Two rows is probably best.Step 12. At this point, I trim my fringe however I want it to look. Some people wait until it’s hanging to do this. For this one, I went with a haphazard fringe – some short, some long. Play with it!Step 13: Remove the DIY woven wall hanging from the loop just by sliding the warp thread off. Don’t cut anything.
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