12 Simple Steps to DIY a Wall Hanging
With woven wall hanging being the hot home trend of the year, we decided to collaborate with the oh-so-talented weaving artist, Maryanne Moodie. In just 12 simple steps, you'll be able to DIY your own custom wall weaving that is sure to make you the envy of your friends. You'll be amazed at how simple it is and how little you need!
What You'll Need:
- Cardboard (approximately 12 inches tall and 9 inches wide)
- Cotton twine
- Rag yarn or strips
- 2 dowel rods (approximately 9 inches long)
- Scotch tape
Doing a spring clean of your closets? Rip up that old sheet for an affordable and sustainable way to make a rag wall weaving. While we've used beautifully dyed rag yarn for this project, you can easily repurpose scrap fabric from household items. Inspired by the shaggy, textural look of rag rugs, this piece is sure to brighten up your space!
Step 1: Start by marking lines measuring about 1 cm apart on the top and bottom of your cardboard. The cardboard piece will serve as your loom.
Step 2: Once you've marked both the top and bottom, use your scissors to cut about 1 cm in towards the center of your cardboard at each mark. We'll use these slots to hold our cotton twine.
Step 3: Now, we need to add our cotton twine. The twine will run vertically on your cardboard, and will serve as a base for you to weave into. This step is called “warping the loom". To begin, slide the end of your twine into the first slot on the top of your cardboard, taping the tail to the back of the cardboard.
Step 4: Next, run your twine down to the bottom of your loom, and pass it to the back through your first slot on the bottom. Bring the twine back to the front through the next slot, and then back to the top. Continue across your loom, securing the twine in each slot, until you reach your last slot.
Step 5: Then, trim your twine with short tail. Bring the tail to the back of your cardboard and tape it down, just as you did at the beginning. Now, flip your cardboard over and admire your warped loom! You want the twine to be bouncy to the touch, but not so tight that it bends your cardboard base.
Step 6: Now for the fun part--weaving! To prep your materials, cut your rag strips into segments slightly longer than the width of your loom. For our piece, we cut longer pieces for the bottom so that the ends would hang down, creating a shaggy look.
Step 7: Once you have your strips cut, you can begin weaving. To start, take the end of your strip and guide it over the first cotton thread on your loom, then underneath the next. Continue over and under until you've passed the strip through the whole width of your loom. Leave the ends of the strip hanging down at either side.
Step 8: To make sure that you keep the right tension throughout your piece, you'll want to “bubble" your rag yarn before pushing it to the bottom. To do this, pull it up, and then down at one end, so that it creates an arc. Then use your fingers to push the yarn down towards the base of your loom.
Step 9: To start your next row, guide your next strip over and under your cotton twine in the opposite way to your first row. If the rag strip from the previous row ends by going underneath the last piece of twine, begin this row by going over the twine. Then, go underneath the next string, over the next, and so on, until you're at the end of the row. As with the previous row, bubble the rag yarn, and then push it down on top of the last row.
Step 10: Continue building rows on top of each other, letting the rag ends hang out the sides, until you've reached the top of your loom and can't fit in any more rows.
Step 11: The next step is often the scariest: removing your weaving off the loom! Since you wrapped your twine around each cardboard “peg" at the top of your piece, the top and bottom will actually be loops, and not cut string. The only exceptions are the two ends where you taped your twine to the cardboard. Begin at the top of your weaving, and pop the loops off of your loom. If one of your ends is the taped end, leave it hanging for now -- we'll secure it in just a moment.
Step 12: Next, take a dowel rod and pass it through your loops. When you reach one of the cut ends, wrap it around the dowel rod and tie a double knot. Now you've hung the top of your weaving! Do the same with the bottom, to evenly weight the piece.
Now, step back and admire your work! We've hung ours in the office, to add some color to the work day. Happy weaving!
Photos and DIY designed by Maryanne Moodie