Happy Friday, my friends! This week has been rough! The day job has been fairly normal, however, my 4 month old kitten has passed away. But don’t fret, little Sunny girl is no longer feeling crappy and has made her way over the rainbow bridge. And while I am still mourning, I knew putting together this week’s Friday favorites would make me feel a little better. So let’s talk about weaving!
I am a craft starter but rarely a craft finisher. I am always looking to try new crafts and techniques. However, I seem to always fall back to hobbies that involve yarn or thread. Knitting, embroidery and now weaving have become my favorite things to do. If you saw last week’s Friday favorites all about my favorite craft blogs to follow, I think I have found the newest addition!
The Weaving Loom is a great place to start if you are looking to get into weaving and wall hangings. She is super helpful for beginners but she makes some pretty rad designs. There are so many different shapes, sizes and designs you can create which makes it even more exciting. You can never get bored if you keep trying new ways, am I right?!
So let’s get to some weaving basics…
Obviously beginner guide is the ultimate weaving basics, however, in my Pinterest journeys I have found some DIY ways to make designs easy and more interesting all at the same time.
One. Get All the Tools.
Having the right tools can really set you up for crafting success. I still feel like I could get more types of tools for my creations and you will find your favorites the more you get into it.
- First things first…you are gonna need a loom. (here is a great starter!)
- Then whichever yarn you would like. Grab a bunch of samples like these to try out if you don’t want to commit to a whole ball of yarn yet!
- Tapestry Needles
- String (for the base).
- Yarn Bowl
Two. Make Your Own Loom.
Starting off with a store bought loom is perfectly fine! But once you start getting more comfortable, building your won custom looms is a great way to create more unique wall hanging sizes. I know when I first started out I felt like my store bought one was a little too small, this is a great tutorial on how to make your own adjustable one!
Three. Some Techniques.
A basic weaving technique is just threading your needle up and down through the base sting, however, there are so many other ways to create texture and depth to your wall hangings. Here are a couple of my favorites!
Looping is a genius way to create depth with the way it pokes out, it also helps to fill up space to. Once again, the Weaving Loom has created a great tutorial on this technique!
This Soumak technique by A Pretty Fix is just to pretty to pass up. Use it with different yarn thicknesses to create beautiful designs and texture.
Four. Well Rounded.
The best part about these wall hangings is you can create them however you want. Your personality really has a chance to shine through! While most designs are made in more rectangular shapes I have seen round weaves becoming more popular. Use an embroidery loop for the perfect guide to circular wall hangings!
Favorite Wall Hangings
Once you’ve got the basics down it is really up to you! Use different loops, colors and fabrics to create your won personalized masterpieces. I have added some of my favorites that I have seen along the way below.
Woven wall hangings are flooding Pinterest, but have you ever considered creating your own? It is always better when you can say you made it yourself! Let me know which wall hanging is your favorite or if you know any tutorials I should try out. Find me on Instagram to see all my latest craft obsessions.