Devi Woven Wall Hanging
Once you start weaving ya can’t stop! Go crazy with fluffy wool yarn and a psychedelic color palette; this mini wall hanging is the perfect way to ease yourself into a new skill.
- lacing needle
- pen or pencil
- For the Makers box top or a piece of 4" x 6" cardboard
- aqua cotton yarn
- light pink yarn
- salmon twisted yarn
- cream twisted yarn
- bright red yarn
- cool blue yarn
- hot pink yarn
- cloud white roving yarn
- wooden dowel
Gather your tools and materials. This tutorial is lengthy, but trust us when we say weaving is super addicting... you've been warned!
Cut the corners of your box to make it flat. Then, cut the sides off to create a flat 4 inch by 6 inch piece of cardboard.
To create the loom we want to make small notches spaced 1/4" apart on the top and bottom of the cardboard. Using a ruler and pen mark 18 spots and then cut them with your scissors. You can make less than 18 notches, but keep in mind the less notches you make the thinner the weaving will be.
Using the aqua cotton yarn (or any yarn you'd like), tape the end of the yarn to the back of your cardboard. Fit the twine through the first notch at the top.
Bring the yarn to the front and bring it down the cardboard to the first notch on the bottom. Keep the twine taut as you go. Next wrap the yarn around the first bottom notch at the back and bring it back to the top. See the next step for a front and back view of the yarn placement.
The front of the loom will have yarn running top to bottom parallel. Cut the other end of the yarn and tape the end to the back of the cardboard as shown above. These vertical strands are called the warp strands on the loom, we'll reference this later. Now, you're ready to start weaving!
We are going to show you several different techniques for adding strands and textures. Everyone's weaving will turn out differently and you will have enough yarn to make 2-3 weavings if you'd like! First we are going to make fringe at the bottom of the loom using the coral twisted yarn. The coral and cream twisted yarn can be separated to make thinner strands. Cut a piece of yarn about 7 inches and then separate the strands by pulling them apart gently. You'll need 9 single strands for the bottom fringe.
Take one coral strand and slide both ends under the first two warp strands, creating a loop at the bottom of the coral yarn.
Pull the ends of the coral yarn evenly through the loop. Pull to the bottom of the loom and tighten. Move on to the next two aqua warp strands and add another. Do this across the width of the loom.
To keep the tassels together once we pull the weaving off the loom it's best to create a second row of tassels on top of the first ones (also called a running bond, like a brink pattern). Start one warp strand in from the edge so the second row of tassels will alternate on the warp with the first row of tassels. There will be 8 of these tassels. Trim up the bottom edge.
Now we will start the weft which is the horizontal yarn woven on the loom. It's best to work in short yarn sections, 1 to 2 yards at a time. Cut about 1 yard of your chosen color yarn and thread your needle.
Guide the threaded needle through the aqua warp yarn using an over-under pattern (under the first string, over the second, under the next, etc.).
Once the needle has passed through all of aqua warp yarn, pull the weft yarn through, being sure to leave a 3″ tail at the end. Push the first weft row towards the bottom with your fingers so it rests just on top of the tassel row.
After completing the first row, guide your needle back through the aqua warp yarn using an under-over pattern that's the opposite of your first weft row and pull the yarn through. Try not to pull your yarn too tight at the edges (or too loose) or your weaving will start to look wonky and pull towards the center.
Continue weaving back and forth until you’re happy with the amount. When you’re ready to add another color, cut the yarn, being sure to leave another 3″ tail on the side.
Pick a new color, thread your needle and simply continue the over-under pattern.
Now let's create a block of color that doesn't stretch the entire width of the loom. You can stop at any point and turn the needle back. You can create shapes this way and can even start in the center of the loom to create floating shapes wherever you would like a patch of color.
Cut the end and we'll start filing in the empty space on the other side.
To create a little more texture and difference of scale you can thread your needle to the center of a strand of yarn and weave two yarn widths at the same time. There is no difference in weaving technique here, over-under.
You can also weave sections of yarn by going over and under two strands of warp yarn at a time!
You can tie knots of yarn around the warp strands. Weave the yarn under one warp strand at a time and tie a simple overhand knot.
Trim to the desired length.
Continue adding sections of color and stop when you are about 1" from the top. We will need this length here to tie off the weaving.
To tie off the weaving, start by removing the bottom loops from the loom. You can use your needle to help pry them over the edge.
Next, pull the strands from the tape in the back.
If you have some extra space at the bottom where you removed the loops you'll want to hold the weaving near the top, and pull up on the top warp strands carefully. This will pull the warp yarn through the weaving, so that the bottom loops are brought up to be flush with the bottom of the weaving, and the top loops gain extra length. At the top of the loom, remove the first two pieces of aqua warp yarn from the cardboard. Tie them together with a square knot.
Pull the next loop off the loom, Cut it in half with scissors and tie them together with a square knot. Repeat with the remaining loops at the top of the loom until you have knotted all of them along the top edge.
Now we are going to tuck the top warp strands back behind our weaving to hide them. Flip the weaving over to the back and push your needle through some back strands, thread the loose strands through the eye of the needle.
Holding near the needle, pull it along with the warp strands through the yarn. Repeat hiding all the top strands.
Now we are going to hide those pesky side strands in a similar way. At each hanging strand push the needle down the edge of your weaving. Go through at least three strands on the side.
Thread the tail through the needle and pull it through the weaving. Trim off the excess. Repeat this for all of your tails. Some that are bulkier can be pulled to the back and sewn through the back of the weaving instead of at the sides.
Time to hang it up! Using more warp yarn (or any color yarn you'd like), tie a knot at one end, on the back.
Stitch through each knotted warp strand and up and over your wood dowel.
Continue down all of the knots. Tie the yarn off at the back and trim the excess.
After you've stitched the wall hanging to your dowel, make a simple hanger by knotting the yarn to both sides of the weaving.
Phew. You did it! Make a couple more and start your collection.