I am the type of person who gets restless very easily. It’s hard for me to sit still, especially during things like long plane rides or movies. It helps if I have some sort of activity to keep me busy, and lately I’ve been experimenting with some woven wall art. Weaving is something that always intimidated me and seemed out of my range of artistic skills – but once you get the hang of it, it’s not so hard. While I’m certainly no expert, I’m excited to practice more and learn different types of stitches. Letting your mind wander while your hands work is so therapeutic.
The type of stitch I used for these wall hangings is similar to making a friendship bracelet. Have fun with it and experiment with different colors and patterns!
What you need:
A piece of cardboard to make the loom – I used the cardboard backing from a square frame, and later used the frame to hang the weaving.
String to make the loom
Yarn and additional string and thread in various colors and textures
To make the loom, simply wrap string around the cardboard to create rows as pictured.
Thread the first piece of yarn around the needle and wrap it under and around the first string on the loom, and then under the first two strings as pictured above. Pull upwards to create a knot around the first string. Repeat this step across the loom.
When you reach the last string, wrap the yarn around the back of the cardboard and start on the next row. Keep going until you run out of yarn or feel like switching colors!
You can stop one color in the middle of the loom, and pull the remaining string through to one side. Start a new color by tucking the yarn underneath the strings of the loom until you reach the one where you left off.
When you’re finished, there are a number of ways you can use the weavings. Place them back in their frames and hang them as wall art:
You can also cut them off of the cardboard (simply cut right down the middle of the strings in the back) and use them as coasters or little decorative mini carpets. I love how they look with the frayed edges!