Colorful, chic, and totally customizable—what more could you want? This woven wall hanging is guaranteed to make a textural statement in your entryway, living room, or bedroom. And the best part is that you can make one yourself.
You'll start by building a loom, then weaving different colors and weights of yarn. We chose a neutral palette with blue accents for our wall hanging, but feel free to use any desired color scheme. Cut the fringe to the shape you want, and experiment with different patterns for a look you'll love. Hang with a simple dowel cut to size or look for a fun metallic rod to hang your woven wall hanging with a hint of glamour.
What You Need
- Assorted yarns in medium, bulky, and super bulky weights
- Yarn needle
- Cardboard or heavy weighted paper
- 12 x 1/4-inch dowel
- Miter saw
Step 1: Create the Loom, Warp, and Shed
Make a basic hand loom out of a wood frame or canvas stretcher and nails. Install the warp, which is the vertical yarn you weave through, by stringing thin yarn vertically around the nails. Once finished, insert a piece of cardboard and a dowel to create a shed, or the space between yarns that you will thread through. Now you are ready to start weaving.
Step 2: Start Weaving
Start weaving with four arm-lengths of medium-weight thread. Weave the tail end in and out for five to six rows, starting on the bottom left side. Leave a short tail on the backside of the weaving.
Thread a yarn needle with the other end of the yarn. Pull the dowel down toward the bottom until a row of warp lifts to create the shed. Slide the needle through to the other side, loosely pulling the yarn through. Use a fork to push the row close to the bottom.
Push the shed back up and weave over next warp, right to left, until you reach the other side. Slowly pull all the yarn through. Use the fork to evenly press toward first woven row. Repeat until you've completed 12 rows. Clip yarn, leaving a 1 to 2-inch tail on the back of the weaving.
Step 3: Make Fringe
To make the Rya—a type of knot used to make fringe in woven textiles—wrap super bulky or bulky yarn from your hand to your elbow about 40 times. Cut in half at your hand and lay aside. To add Rya fringe knots to your woven art, take one strand of the cut yarn and fold in half. Use the folded area to wrap from front to back over the first two warp threads. Bring tail ends through to the front by splitting the two warp threads. Pull tightly, and use a fork to push down toward the 12 woven rows. Repeat fringe knots for two rows.
For a second section of Rya, wrap medium-weight yarn in a different color 180 times around your hand to elbow; cut at your hand and lay aside. Using three strands of medium-weight yarn, start a row of Rya, moving right to left from the first two warp threads. Continue until row is complete. Repeat Rya fringe knots, with three strands of medium-weight yarn, until three rows are complete.
Step 4: On Repeat
Repeat plain weaving for 2 inches with medium-weight yarn in your original color. Then, to create the smallest Rya area, wrap bulky or super-bulky yarn around just your hand about 40 times to make short lengths. Cut at the top and lay aside. Repeat steps for attaching Rya knots to create three rows. Then repeat plain weaving for two rows with medium-weight yarn.
Step 5: Change Colors and Finish Weaving
Change to a different medium-weight yarn color. Weave across one row, left to right, and return. As the third row is woven, stop short of the last warp thread and weave back. Continue this process to create the decrease that forms a diagonal design in the weaving, from left to right.
Repeat in reverse, adding one warp each each row, with a new color. This will create an increase to fill the diagonal space left. Once the diagonal space has been filled, finish by adding a few plain weave rows in your original medium-weight yarn color. Stop weaving a few inches from the top of loom, using your fork to keep the final rows tight. Trim fringe to desired length and shape.
Step 6: Remove Woven Textile
Remove your completed wall hanging from the loom, starting at the bottom. Remove cardboard and cut off knots tying yarn to loom. Carefully remove each warp loop from each nail. Moving right to left, knot the strings across the bottom, tying closely to the weave. Repeat at the top. On the back, use a yarn needle to weave loose ends into the wall hanging. To do so, weave loose ends through the project a few times and clip tails. Thread a dowel through the loops and tie yarn or a ribbon around the dowel to hang.