Woven Wool Art: Celebrate the Sea
Kelly Ann Jordan concludes our awesome loom weaving series with this week’s installment – a stunning seascape wool art wall hanging that will help you add a nice and nautical vibe to any room of the home, as well as put all that leftover yarn from previous projects to good use! If you missed our first two woven wall hanging tutorials you can check them out right here – or scroll down to get stuck into Kelly Ann’s tutorial below.
Time it Takes to Make: 2 – 3hrs
Skill Level: Beginner
You Will Need:
DIY Woven Wool Art Tutorial:
Wrap the loom with warp threads, you do this by first tying a slip knot at the end of the thread as shown.
Place the loop on the slip knot into the first groove on the lower block of the loom. Place the loose block in the middle of the loom.
Now work the warp thread up and down the loom. For the first layer, the warp thread only goes into every other groove in the block in the middle. Continue this process until the entire frame is full.
For the second layer work the thread back and forth between the empty grooves in the middle block, and the wooden blocks at the top and bottom of the frame. Continue this process until the entire grooves are filled in.
To secure the warp thread, wind it a few times around the block on the loom, and secure. Loosen the wing nuts on each side of the lower block and twist, tightening all the warp threads on the loom. Tighten the wing nuts again. The loom is now ready.
To start the weaving, we will make a base for some tassels by weaving 6 rows of warp thread. This makes a good base for the tassels to sit on, and these rows will not be seen as the tassels will cover them. Wind some thread around the shuttles, then to start weaving, pass the shuttle in between the two layers of warp threads from one side to the other. Tip the wooden block in the middle so that the warp threads swap place. Now feed the shuttle between the warp threads back again to the other side.
Use a comb to firmly push the threads in place, so the thread section becomes tight. I have used a wooden comb to do this.
Tip the block in the middle again (do this every time the shuttle has been fed through the warp threads in one direction).
Take 2 strands of the wool cut to approximately 12”, lay the wool above two warp threads, and feed the strands of wool underneath on either side. Pull the wool out and slide it down to tighten.
Work along until you have filled a row. Trim the tassels to the length you desire.
Draw on to the threads the pattern you would like; I am going for a wavy sea.
Start by winding some wool around the shuttle, and weave in the same way that we made the base layers.
Work up until your drawn line, then change colour and continue working up the piece and changing the wool colour at each drawn line until you have filled most of the loom.
For the last 6 rows, use a length of warp threads to create a top edge.
Loosen the wing nuts on the wooden block at the top, and lift off the warp threads. Repeat this procedure at the bottom.
Sew these thread ends back in to the piece and trim, then repeat this for any loose wool ends on the back of the weave.
Attach the piece to a wooden dowel or a stick you find out on a walk, like I did! Do this by stitching around the stick to the top edge of the weave. Add some thread to the ends of the stick to hang.
And there you have it – you’ve created your very own wool art wall hanging, and put all that leftover yarn to good use to make something beautiful!
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