School has started and the weather is getting crisp– now is a better time than ever to learn how to weave. After the kids are in bed and while Collin is traveling, my evening ritual includes watching Gossip Girl reruns and listening to summer rainstorms as of late. Throwing in a weaving loom and colorful yarn + ribbons would be the perfect addition.
Love this unique twist to the typical weaving techniques using ribbon + twine Ann Marie is sharing today. She walks you through step by step. So colorful and rad!!
PS Congrats to Ann Marie and husband in welcoming their new sweet bebe! xoxo
Weaving is one of those trends that has recently taken Pinterest by storm and for good reason. It’s an incredibly relaxing craft that can be done virtually anywhere with a variety of materials and techniques…the possibilities are endless! Normally I use yarn when I weave, but I decided to try something new and mix of Dear Lizzy grosgrain ribbon with baker’s twine to create a fun woven wall hanging. Here’s how I did it:
1. To begin, I gathered all of my supplies, including a handful of my favorite ribbon + baker’s twine from the Daydreamer 24-Pack, sharp fabric scissors, and a Martha Stewart loom and needle. (If you don’t have that particular loom, you could always create your own! This is a great tutorial for building one out of a wooden frame and nails.
2. Next, I created the base for my weaving (aka the “warp”) using baker’s twine. I began by tying a double knot to one the prongs and then threading back and forth between both sides of the loom until I was satisfied with the size of the warp. Once I reached the end, I tied another double knot to a different prong (on the same side of the loom as the first double knot) and trimmed off any excess string.
3. Since the width of the grosgrain ribbon was a little too wide for the look I was going for, I cut a strand in half. Note: a little bit of fraying will occur when you cut the ribbon, but I think it only adds to the handmade charm of the weaving!
4. Once I had a half-sized strand, I threaded it through the needle and tied a simple larks head knot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyzUmetVJFA) on one end of the warp and began weaving back and forth.
5. When I wanted to tie on a new color, I simply double knotted the two ribbon together (always on the backside of the weaving) and continued the process.
6. Once I was happy with the size of my weaving, I tied off the final ribbon.
7. Since I wanted to hang the woven wall hanging from a twig, I carefully slid the top part of the weaving down with my fingers, making sure I didn’t create too much tension on the warp. Then, I tucked the twig into the top strands until it was all the way through and I could pull the weaving off of the loom.
8. To secure the bottom strands of the weaving, I double knotted every two strands together until the entire structure was finished.
9. Next, I evened out the look of the dangling strands by cutting a straight horizontal line with my fabric scissors.
10. Finally, I cut another strand of baker’s twine and tied a knot on each end of the twig so that I could hang the weaving to a wall or in my case, a doorknob.
11. Then came the fun part: finding a home for my new woven masterpiece! I decided to hang it from the doorknob in my office to add a colorful, welcoming touch to the room!