Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Woven Wall Hanging

I have an addiction to colorful, 99c store, polyester yarn.  I can't help it.  I see it and I load up!  Well, it finally got to the point that I had to do something with it or it would just take over my craft house.  I grabbed a book called Weave This by Frances Kletz and Brooke Dennis for inspiration and devoured all of the amazing techniques they shared and came up with these little numbers.  Truth be told, at first I thought this might get a little boring, but after I allowed myself to relax and get into the rhythm, I started to truly enjoy myself.  Remember to check out all the wonderful books out there for inspiration (not just the internet) and always Make Your Mark!
 A more traditional "over under" weave
 My crazy version!

Watch how I made mine here!
1" and 1/2" wood trim to make the frame
99c store yarn
Cotton fabric
1. Glue your wood pieces together to make a frame
*Mine was 14" long by 12" wide but you can make yours any size you want
2. & 3.  Paint the frame with Americana Acrylics and sand the edges for a weathered look
4.  Wrap the frame lengthwise about 40 times using 2 different colors of yarn
5.  Thread your large blunt needle with about 48" of yarn and start weaving at the edge of your frame
*Don't worry about counting, just keep going over and under every 2, 3, 4 or 5 strands of yarn
6.  When you get to the end, go around the side of the frame and weave back the other way
*You will not be removing your woven piece from this frame, it's part of the project
7.  When you get to the end of your first color, tie on another color and keep going
8. Add in some textured, fluffy yarns
9. & 10.  Rip cotton fabric into 1/4" strips and weave them in, too
11.  Try two different colors of yarn together
12.  When you're finished weaving, create 30" bundles of yarn to tie around the base of the frame to hang as fringe
13.  Wrap the tassel maker about 60 times using 2 different colors of yarn
14. Slip yarn between the loops of yarn and tie a knot at the top
15.  Slip 2 strands of yarn through the slit and tie the tassel at the neck, 
trim and slip off of the tassel maker
16.  Add several finished tassels to the sides of the woven frame and hang the entire piece from more yarn and a center tassel

No rules, just have fun!

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