Wall weavings look so beautiful and you can find them just about everywhere. At the beginning of this project, I will have to admit, I was a little intimidated. But once I got started I realized that weaving is therapeutic and such a free form art. I decided to learn the easiest weaving techniques and then just go with my heart. I am going to show you the techniques that I used below and encourage you to try this DIY. I PROMISE you won’t regret it.
- Yarn (different textures work well for dimension)
- crochet hook or Embroidery needle
- Picture frame or Loom
- wooden rod (not pictured- to hold the strings apart)
Step 1: Tie a knot at the upper left corner of the frame with your string. Then loop the string over the frame and through the middle of the frame and back down over the opposite side of the frame. Be sure to leave a little space between each row. When you get to the end of the frame, pull snug and tie the string into a knot in the upper right corner.
Step 2: Now comes the fun part!
Weave your wooden rod through your weaving being mindful to go every other string. This rod will keep your strings divided so, that the weaving is a little easier. While weaving, you will always work from bottom to top.
Every time you start a new string, you will want to knot the string you will be weaving around the right string on your loom (Picture frame in this case).
*I also placed a knot when I was finished with each string.
Technique #1– Tabby Weaving
This is the most straight forward weaving technique. Going over one string, then under the next string, over, under, ect. When you reach the end of the row (moving left to right), go around the last loom string and move right to left back through the strings using the same over and under pattern.
Technique #2– Egyptian Knot
This technique is soothing and a lot of fun to play with. You first move from left to right with the string, circling each loom string. When you go as far as you would like or to the end, you will circle last loom string again. Then you move from right to left putting a loop around each loom string. As you do this you will notice that you are starting to make a pretty cool pattern.
Technique #3– Fringe
For this technique you will need to cut your string into a desired length. I used a 3 inch piece of string. Whatever length you could like your fringe to hang down, double that. (3 inch length of string, my fringe will be 1 1/2 inches) Depending on how thick you want your fringe, you can use two or even three pieces of string at a time. It all depends on what look you are going for.
Take your piece of string and place it around the outside of the first two loom strings (to the outside). Then pull through to the middle of those two strings. Once you have pulled tight, pull the string down to where you would like your fringe to sit. This will also tighten the piece of string.
I hope with this weaving tutorial, I have inspired you to try weaving for yourself. It doesn’t have to cost much if you have an old picture frame and some yarn laying around. There are also dollar bins at the local craft store, which is where I picked up the multi colored yarn. Once you get the hang of the weaving patterns, this craft really is a soothing way to be creative.