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Woven Wall Hanging Tutorial | Weaving with Wool | Project for Beginner Weavers
Posted on: 30 Apr, 2021

Introduction 

This woven wall hanging tutorial is a beginner weaving project. It uses beginner patterns and techniques that you can use to create interesting designs to display for homedecor or give as a gift. 

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In this tutorial you will learn:

How to make a woven wall hanging

How to weave with wool

How to weave with cotton

How to start a weaving

How to finish a weaving

 

Materials needed:

*Use this list as a suggestion. You can use other materials / yarns that fit the design best.

Woven Wall Hanging Tutorial Instructions

 

Step 1: Add warp to the top and bottom of the loom that is 7 inches wide.

Then retighten the warp to improve warp tension. For a full tutorial how to dress the loom, or add warp to the loom, read and watch the full tutorial, How to start weaving.

Step 2: Add warp spacers to the warp. 

In the How to Start Weaving tutorial also learn how to create a strong base before the design starts using warp spacers. Adding warp spacers to your weaving is a helpful step to take before you start weaving- so don’t skip it!

Step 3: Weave a row of twining, then four rows of plain weave. This will create a strong weaving base. 

Learn how to weave the plain weave pattern in this tutorial, Plain Weave Pattern for Beginners. Also learn the twining technique in this tutorial, Twining: Beginner Weaving Techniques. 

Step 4: Weave the base design. 

In this section weave the beginning of the woven wall hanging design. This section focuses on weaving fringe on the bottom of the weaving and throughout the design. Also weave geometric shapes and lines.

Base Design Instructions

Step 1: In the center measure a section that is 3.5 inches long.

This will be the base of the triangle. 

Step 2: From the center of the base, measure up 3 inches. Then, mark it with a point. 

Step 3: Connect the top point to the two bottom corners of the base.

This will create a triangle ( you will weave in the design in the later step).

Step 4: Add rya knots with 10 inch light green yarn to the 3.5 inch section. Gather 2 strings at a time to create the rya knots.

The yarns will create a 5 inch fringe. You can read and watch a full tutorial on how to make rya knots in this blog post, Rya Knots: Beginner Weaving PatternsThis will create a triangle ( you will weave in the design in the later step).

Step 5: In the two neighboring sections add rya knots to the sides with the dark green yarn.

Step 6: Weave the inner triangle with the light green yarn.

Follow the marking on the warp as you weave the triangle. For further instructions on weaving a triangle use the tutorial,  Weaving Triangles: Weaving Shapes in the Loom.

Step 7: Using the slit weaving technique fill in the neighboring left side with the dark green yarn.

Learn how to slit weave in this tutorial, Weave Slits: Weaving Technique

Step 8: Using the slit weaving technique fill in the neighboring right side with the dark green yarn. 

Step 9: Tuck in all the yarn to the back of the weaving.

Step 10: From the left side of the weaving add a short row (1.5 in) of rya knots using light green felting yarn. Use one 6 inch string to create each rya knot. 

Step 11: Fill the center section (4 inches) with rya knots.

The knots are created with thin cotton yarn- two 6 inch strings are gathered at a time.

Step 12: Cut the light green cotton strings at an angle to mirror the triangle shape woven below.

Here the strings are cut just below the woven line to hide just a little bit of it. 

Step 13: From the right side of the weaving add a short row (1.5 in) of rya knots using light green felting yarn. Use one 6 inch string to create each rya knot. 

Step 5: Weave the middle design.

In this section weave the beginning of the woven wall hanging design. This section focuses on weaving fringe on the bottom of the weaving and throughout the design. Also weave geometric shapes and lines.

Middle Design Instructions

Step 1: From the left side of the weaving, measure up 4 inches. Then mark it with a point. 

Step 2: From the right side of the weaving, measure up 4 inches. Then mark it with a point. 

Step 3: From the center of the base, connect the two left and right points (creating a V-shape) with a marker. 

Step 4: On the left side of the weaving, alternate weaving rows of green and light green felting yarn. Follow the line marked on the warp.

Step 5: On the right side of the weaving, alternate weaving rows of green and light green felting yarn. Follow the line marked on the warp.

Step 6: Stop once you have reached the top of each side of the V shape.

Step 7: Fill in the inner section with plain weave using the light green chunky wool yarn. Weave up 2.5 inches (not the entire 4 inch section). Use slit weaving to connect the three sections. 

Step 6: Weave the top design. 

In this section weave the top of the woven wall hanging design. This section focuses on weaving lines, shapes and texture. 

Top Design Instructions

Step 1: From the left side of the weaving, measure up 3 inches. Then mark it with a point. 

Step 2: From the right side of the weaving, measure up 3 inches. Then mark it with a point. 

Step 3: From the center of the base, connect the two left and right points (creating a V-shape) with a marker.

Step 4: Fill in the left and right side of the V-shape with plain weave.

Step 5: Along the V add rya knots with the chunky dark green yarn. Gather two 10 inch strings as a time to create the knots. The rya knots will be 5 inches long. As they are added a V-shaped fringe will form too. 

Step 6: Draw a straight line conntecting the two top points.

Step 7: Mark in the center a 3 inch section.

Step 8: Mark three inches down from the center line (- this is one inch from the bottom of the V).

Step 5: Connect the bottom point to the two top points with two line, creating a V.

Step 9: Fill in the lower V with the chunky dark green yarn with plain weave.

Step 10: Weave in the smaller V with plain weave. Use the chunky light green yarn. When finished secure the yarn end to the back of the weaving.

Step 11: (Optional) To add some more color and texture to the design you can add some felting and cotton yarn that we used in the previous sections.

Because the section is already woven, we do not want to disturb the weft yarns too much. Using a thin tapestry needle, take a single string of 8 inch felting yarn and weave it behind the warp strings at the bottom of the small V. Gently move the tapestry needle through neighboring weft rows and pull the felting yarn through. Then, repeat the same with the cotton yarn. Here I have gathered four 2 inch cotton strings and used a tapestry needle to add them over the felting yarn. Add the strings along the small V.

Alternatively (and better) would be to add these yarns as rya knots after step 8. However, depending on your taste, you might not like this texture and color so you can skip this step.  

Step 12: Weave one inch of plain weave using the chunky dark green yarn.

 

Step 7: Weave one to two rows of twining to finish the weaving.

Step 8: At the bottom of the loom, cut the warp along the nails or tabs of the loom. 

Leave as much space as possible between the nails and the first rows of the weaving. 

Step 9: Cut off the warp spacers from the sides of the loom. Then gently remove them from the weaving.

Step 10: Remove the weaving from the top of the nails. 

Gently lift the weaving away from the nails. The weaving should gently release from the top of the loom.

Step 11: Finish the weaving ends with a thin tapestry needle.

Watch and read the full tutorial, 7 Ways to Finish Weaving, to help with this step.

Step 12: Tuck the ends in the weaving with a thin tapestry needle.

Watch and read the full tutorial, 7 Ways to Finish Weaving, to help with this step.

Step 13: Display the weaving by hanging it up with a dowel or other thin pole.  

Conclusion

In this tutorial you learned how to weave a woven wall hanging using plain weave, rya knots, soumak weave and plain weave. In this weaving tutorial you learned how to weave shapes and weave various texture techniques to create an interesting and fun design with wool yarn!

 

I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial!

Gina | Fibers and Design

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