If you were online at all this past summer, you must have seen some of the pretty hand woven wall hangings like here, here, and here, right? So, naturally, it was a particularly busy week when I decided I had to have my own Wall of Weaving Wonder. So I ditched my To Do List and headed to Hobby Lobby in search of a weaving loom. Hoping for something--oh, I don't know--hand carved in rose wood, I found a purple plastic set for $10 (minus 40% off coupon, of course--score!). It was perfect. I immediately went upstairs in the middle of the afternoon, turned on Netflix and came up with my first wall hanging a few hours later from leftover yarn bits:
I don't have to tell you I was pretty impressed with myself. But of course, I couldn't stop there.
And the ideas just kept on flowing. What happens if I add in sparkly yarn??
I remembered random lovely balls of yarn I hadn't found a use for yet, and piled them up to experiment. More texture! More color! More sparkle!
Can you tell I'm obsessed? A whole new world has opened up to me. I'm toying with the idea of sketching out some designs in advance, but for now I'm preferring to design as I go. I love the small canvas, but I'm already sweet-talking my husband into building me a loom for a rug! Such a simple and ancient technique with infinite possibilities! I'm a little embarrassed to say it only took a couple of days for me to collect (over) 400 pins to inspire my inner weaver. There was just so much. (Thank you, again, for making my life better, Pinterest.) These are some of my favorites:
It's not just wall hangings, oh no! There are woven pillows, purses & rugs!!
image and art by Maryanne Moodie
If you Google "weaving," you will inevitably discover Maryann Moodie. Magic flies from her loom. I tried not to pin every single picture.
image and art by Marianne Werkmeister
image of Moss Stories by Ines Seidel
image and art by Natalie Miller Designs
"Tapestry weaving is a unique art form. On the loom it's a process in time with repetition and variation like music. A good musical composition stays in our ear for a while after it ends. A tapestry however, will hang on a wall like a painted composition." Silvie Heyden.
Shredded & woven paper portraits?! The potential kills me. If you want to give weaving a try (hint, hint. nudge, nudge.), it's pretty easy to find tutorials online. I mentioned several at the beginning of this post. The process is pretty simple. I started with the instructions from my Purple Plastic Loom set then read about weaving designs here. That was pretty much all I've needed so far to play, but eventually I'd like to learn some new weaving techniques besides the old over-and-under. All in good time.