I’m obsessed with the wondrous woven wall hangings. They’re a great addition to an empty wall or a stand out piece for a gallery wall. I went perusing through Pinterest trying to find a good tutorial and lemme tell you…that was not easy. Why not? Because they’re all so unique. I took pieces of different tutorials like this, this, and this and then went at it myself…alone…blind leading the blind. If you look at each of the resources I provided you, you’ll realize mine looks like none of them (or a combination of all of them). You can try to follow an exact tutorial and you will still end up going your own way. But that’s what’s so great about it! Who wants to be the same as everyone else? Certainly not me! So, with that being said, this post will give you a tutorial on how I made mine, but feel free to experiment…or just use bits and pieces. The world is your oyster….is that the saying?
Also, just a side note before we begin with this awesome tutorial, I used Martha Stewart’s Knit and Weave Loom Kit to make this. There are so many other options (even a DIY cardboard option) that seem to work just as well. Although, I do highly recommend Martha Stewart’s. She has this one out as well which a friend recommended! Be patient and go through this slowly! I tried to weave in a bunch of resources to help you out! (See what I did there…). You’ll see the links as you progress and hopefully they can help you out if you get stuck.
Woven Wall Hanging
Make the loom. I connected two long pieces on each side with four short pieces (2 on top and 2 on bottom) to create my loom. I put a peg on each of the connector holes to hold the loom together. I used 15 pegs on the top and 15 pegs on the bottom. I skipped a peg each time I put one in. Easy! Step one done.
You need to set-up your loom so you can start weaving. I took my cream-colored yarn and started on the top right peg. Make a slip knot on that peg. Bring your string down to the peg directly below and loop it under and back up to the next peg. You can see how I looped it in the first picture. Keep going up and down looping on the bottom peg and then on the top peg until you reach the top left peg. Make a knot around it. You should now have a ready to go loom!
I began by doing the basic weaving technique. Here you can find an awesome image for all of you visual people out there! The “tabby weaving” is what I did for most of this project. I cut myself a piece of yarn about 3 times by arm length. (I was actually very bad at eyeing how much yarn I should cut off for each section of weaving. How I see it, is if you have too much you can always use the scraps for your next project!) I used the weaving tool by sliding it over, under, over, under until it was just sitting on top of my yarn as you see in the first picture below. I looped my yarn around the hook and then just pulled it through! The weaving tool does most of the work. Just make sure on the next row you go under where you went over, and over where you went under. Now, this can also be done by hand which I found worked well with the chunky yarn. Keep weaving in your white yarn until it’s about 2 inches thick (it doesn’t matter if you end on the left or right side). Cut the yarn so you have about an inch hanging. Grab your light pink yarn, cut a long piece, and tie it to the ending of your white yarn. Step three done!
Now, we are going to weave in the pink! We want this to start making a triangle that points toward the bottom of your loom. This means we will skip the two outside strings when weaving. You can see how I skipped them in the pictures below. Weave the pink yarn just like you did the white yarn until it’s about 1 inch.
Next you are going to weave in your dark pink yarn. Do this the exact same way as in step four but skip another string on each side. After the dark pink you’ll use white…then light pink again…and then ending with white. Just keep skipping the outside strings so that the triangle forms. Again, this can be customized with completely different colors!
Okay! We have our triangle done! That was the hard part. Next, grab your super chunky white yarn and start filling in the gaps around your triangle until you reach the first white patch of your triangle. Cut off your super chunky yarn and tie on some lace ribbon. Use the lace for the next two rows and then switch back to your super chunky yarn. You will see I tried a new weave technique called the soumak (find it here). I did this for two rows after the lace to give it more texture. You’ll see it looks sort of like a braid. After those two rows I did one more row of normal weaving. Then I switched to light pink.
The rest is all downhill from here! I did six rows of light pink, four rows of dark pink with the soumak weave, two rows of lace, three rows of super chunky yarn, and finished off with white until i reached an inch before the bottom.
Take off the bottom loops two at a time. Tie them together in sets of two. I double knotted mine and just left the loops hanging. The fringe will cover them up.
Add fringe! I used my light pink yarn. I wrapped it from my thumb and around my elbow about seven times. It depends on how thick you want your fringe. Once you have a loop, cut the bottom of the loop so you’re holding the loop at the top but have strings all hanging down. Here is a great tutorial for this! It’s the very first step Jelica, from A Pretty Fix does. This is also where I found to use lace!
Step Ten (Final Step!):
Take your loops that are still attached to your loom on top and slide them onto your wooden dowel. Use the following pictures for guidelines. Once you have all your loops on, step back and look at what you created! To hang it, just tie a string on each side of the dowel and hang it on a hook!
So, I hope I didn’t lose you in any of those steps. But, I provided you with some pretty awesome resources in case you get a little lost or need a different perspective. I learned by using many different instructions and it worked for me! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message or leave it below in the comments! Happy crafting!