When I was a little girl, my mom made some amazing woven wall art that I found endlessly fascinating. She was very into macramé back then too, and we always had a few of her wall hangings in the house. There was an owl that I remember the most, as well as a man and a woman that I used to long to play with as though they were dolls (mom was not having any of that though). Recently, I have discovered my own love for woven art… and lo and behold, a new creative addiction took root.
I started out with something small and fairly straightforward, which allowed me to play around with different weaving techniques while I saw what worked and what did not. All in all, I was surprised at how easy weaving is… and how relaxing it is too. As I used a standard size shoe box, it was no trouble at all to carry the makeshift loom around the house. I wove after work while I was sitting in the garden, I wove late at night while watching my favourite cop show. And yes, I wove for a bit before bedtime, too.
Today, I thought I’d share some pics of my little woven wall art, which is currently hanging on my bedroom door. I also have some tips and ideas for those who’d like to get into weaving. I promise – nothing fancy pancy or complicated involved whatsoever!
How to Make Your Very Own Woven Wall Art
First off, let me show you how my woven wall hanging looked in its various stages of completion:
To start this project, I first made a loom from a shoe box lid. There are LOADS of different ways you can make a loom, including picture frames, wooden planks nailed together, cardboard and even PVC piping (if you want to make a rug or extra large item). Cardboard suited my purpose just fine, and besides that is a great way to recycle old boxes. Here are the steps that I used to start weaving:
– Making the loom. Once you have found a suitable frame or cardboard piece, you will need to measure and cut slits along the side (if you are using card) or place nails evenly spaced along the side (if you are using wood). These will secure the yarn in place so that you can get weaving.
– Setting up the loom. There are a few ways that you can do this. I found it easier to wrap the yarn vertically up and down the loom on both sides, securing in each of the slits I cut so that it stays firm. You can also wrap the yarn around nails on a wooden loom to make small loops on the top side.
– Doing the weaving. Honestly, the weaving itself was so easy, I could have done it with one eye closed. There are various techniques you can try, but I found that winging it worked the best. Looping yarn around and through, weaving in and out (or over and under),using fabric yarn along with regular yarn, making shapes… you will find that experimenting gives the best results.
– Adding fringes and finishing it off. If you did what I did and wrapped your yarn all the way around the loom, this is where the easiest part of all comes. All you need to do is cut horizontally across the strong that runs down the back of the loom, and voila – instant fringes! You can snip these however you like or use some to hold a small branch in place like I did. Knot them, tie them, cut them, leave them long… it’s up to you. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘wrong’ way to customise your woven art work. No matter what anyone tells you.
I have become so taken with yarn crafts that since making this woven wall hanging, I have also made a dream catcher and half of a cushion cover (that’ll teach me to run out of t shirt yarn mid-project), and also started a new wall hanging. My mission is to stick to all-natural yarns and string, so to add some colour I tried out some tea dying on some of my plain cotton yarn. It resulted in some rather lovely tinted shades of brown, red, beige and even pink (cranberry apple tea, ftw). Feathers and wooden beads will be added to the current weaving too. See? I was not joking about being obsessed!
If you’re looking for a soothing way to make your own wall art, do yourself a favour and give weaving a try. There is no limit on what you can create given a bit of time, some creative thinking, yarn and other materials and a makeshift loom. And at the end of it all, you will have a stylish DIY woven wall art to display in your bedroom, living room or hall. Now that is what I call a win-win.
Have you tried weaving before? What did you think, and what do you love most about the art of weaving?