Hanging Shag

Designer: Kristin Cleveland

Woven tapestries are all the rage. Design your own for beautiful wall art!


Materials:

  • Frame loom
  • Strong thread or yarn for warp
  • Strips of scrap fabric that are longer than width of warp
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Yarn for weaving
  • Shuttle
  • Yarn to use for base of weaving: ivory
  • Textured yarn in white or ivory (such as mohair)
  • 6″-wide piece of cardboard
  • Sewing thread: white or ecru
  • Tapestry needle
  • 38“-diameter dowel rod
  • Fringe twister

PREPARE YOUR LOOM

1. Determine the length and width of desired finished wall hanging and add 20% to allow for shrinkage from weaving under tension. This project was warped for 12″ wide.

2. Follow the “How to Set Up Your Loom” instructions, below. If you want a fringe at the bottom of your wall hanging, leave 4–6″ of open warp before weaving to allow for the added fringe.


HOW TO SET UP YOUR LOOM
1. To determine if warp thread/yarn is strong enough for weaving, firmly pull on opposite ends. If it breaks, chose another thread or yarn.
2. Tie one end of the warp on a nail on either the top or bottom rail of the loom; tie in a double knot.
3. Wrap warp around nail on opposite side of the frame. Keep thread tight and tension even as you work back and forth across the loom until you have reached the desired width.
4. Tie the thread end in a knot after going around the last nail.
5. Weave in three or four picks of a scrap piece of yarn to help space the warp and provide a solid base from which to begin weaving. This will be taken out later along with the scrap fabric. Pack in place with comb.
6. Select base yarn for weft, and wind onto shuttle. Weave four or five weft rows in plain weave to establish the base of your wall hanging.


WEAVE AND ADD RYA KNOTS
1. Wrap yarn around a 6″-wide piece of cardboard. Cut through yarn along each side of the cardboard to create a bundle of 6″-long pieces that will be used for rya knots.
2. To add a rya knot, select two pieces of yarn from the yarn bundle. (Note: The yarns do not need to be the same.) Place the center of the yarn pieces over the two warp threads where you want the knot to be. Wrap the yarn ends over the outside of the two warp threads and up through the middle space between the two warp threads.
3. Pull the ends toward you to tighten and slide the knot down to rest against the previously woven weft. Repeat to add desired number of knots to the row.
4. Continue weaving tapestry with base yarn in plain weave, weaving the rows at an angle to the warp and packing the weft in place with a wide-tooth comb as you go. Weave four picks between each row of knots to securely pack the knots in place. To add a bit of texture to the tapestry, cut a short length of mohair yarn and weave it at an angle to the weft; pack it with the comb against the weft.

 

5. Follow Step 2 to add knots as desired throughout the weaving. If knots are in middle of row, carry the base yarn across the back of the knots and resume weaving on the other side of the knots. Continue weaving until tapestry is desired length, making sure to add 1″ to the top selvage for a rod pocket.
6. Remove fabric scraps and scrap yarn from warp. Cut warp threads from top of loom, as close to the nails as possible. Tie top warp threads together in pairs as close to the weaving as possible to secure the weft. Cut thread tails. Repeat at bottom of the warp.

7. Fold top selvage under 1″; hand-sew long edge in place with a whipstitch to make a rod pocket. Thread dowel through rod pocket.


ADD THE HANGER

1. Cut four white or ivory yarns to 30″ long. Knot them together on one end, and secure this end to a tabletop with a piece of tape.

2. Using the fringe twister, divide the yarns into two groups of two and insert the ends of each group in a clasp. Twist the handle on the fringe twister clockwise, keeping the yarn tension taut until the yarns begin to twist tightly upon themselves. Holding the ends securely, release the ends from the clasps and allow the yarns to twist back counterclockwise upon themselves in the opposite direction; knot the ends.

3. Tie one end of the twisted length to one end of the dowel, leaving a tail. Tie the other end of twisted yarns to the opposite end of the dowel; trim if desired.

Lace Wall Art

Designer: Sara Perez

Need an easy decorating idea? Buy yardages of various laces and then layer the pieces on top of floral fabrics placed inside wooden embroidery hoops.


Materials:

  • Yardages of various lace
  • Floral fabrics
  • Wooden embroidery hoops
  • Scissors
  • Glue

1. Layer the pieces of lace on top of floral fabrics placed inside wooden embroidery hoops. By inserting multiple layers, you allow different textures to become visible through the more open areas on the top layer.

2. Once you’re happy with the look, trim the laces and glue the edges to the backs of the hoops.

T-Shirt Friendship Bracelets

Designer: Alison Gamm

Rather than sharing your latest selfie, give one of these bracelets to a friend.


Materials:

  • Old T-shirt (multiple-strand and braided bracelets)
  • Jewelry pliers
  • 12“-wide clamp ribbon end jewelry clasps with jump ring ends: silver (one pair per bracelet)
  • Lobster clasps (one per bracelet)
  • Old shirt or scarf (knotted bracelet)
  • About ten 12“-diameter glass marbles (knotted bracelet)

Make the Multiple-Strand Bracelet

1. Note: If making multiples, make a ball of T-shirt yarn following the instructions below. Cut three 12×6″ strips from T-shirt; pull the ends to curl the long edges to make T-shirt yarn.

2. Lay the T-shirt yarn side-by-side on work surface. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end over each end of the grouping. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


Make the Braided Bracelet

1. Note: If making multiples, make a ball of T-shirt yarn following the instructions below. Cut three 12×9″ strips from a T-shirt; pull the ends to curl the long edges (see Photo 4 below).

2. Lay the T-shirt yarn side-by-side on work surface. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end over one end of the grouping. Braid the strings. Pinch a clamp ribbon end over the braided end. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


Make the Knotted Bracelet

1. Cut a 3×25″ strip from an old shirt or scarf. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with right sides together.

2. Using a 14” seam allowance, sew the strip together along the long edges. Turn the strip right side out.

3. Tie a knot 1″ from one end of the strip. Insert a marble through the opening on opposite end and push it down to the knot. Twist and pinch the strip around the marble, then tie a knot to hold the marble in place.

4. Continue adding knots and marbles and tie a final knot to the strip end. Trim the strip end as needed, but leave at least 1″ of fabric at end.

5. Use jewelry pliers to pinch a clamp ribbon end to each strip end. Add a lobster clasp to one of the rings attached to a clamp end.


How to Make T-Shirt Yarn
1. Cut across front of T-shirt just below armpits. Cut off bottom hemmed edge; discard strip.
2. Cut 12” wide strips beginning at one side seam and ending approximately 1″ before opposite side seam.
3. Open uncut side seam; finger-press. Cut diagonally across seam (from strip one on right to strip two on left) to connect every other strip and make one long continuous strip.
4. Stretch strip to curl side edges. Roll into ball.

Embellished Bobby Pins

Designer: Jordan Strickland Morris

Banish plain bobby pins with these simple upgrades.


Materials:

  • Long round bobby pins (such as Goody Classics Metallic Long Round Bobby Slides)
  • Tacky glue
  • Embroidery floss
  • Sewing needle
  • Fork
  • 3 to 5 two-hole 12” buttons

FRIENDSHIP BOBBY PIN

1. Glue a short length of embroidery floss to the back of a long round bobby pin. Thread opposite floss end onto a sewing needle.

2. Insert the needle through the top two slides of the bobby pin. Weave over one side and under the other in a back-and-forth motion over the top portion only.

3. To begin another color, exit needle to back side of pin and remove the needle. Tie new floss color to the tail from the first color.

4. Weave down the length of the pin as before. Tightly wrap the floss around the rounded end of the pin.

5. To finish, take a stitch into the underside of the woven end, make a tight knot, and cut the floss end.


POM-POM TRIO BOBBY PIN


 

1. Cut one 8″ strand of embroidery floss. Thread the floss through the center two tines of a fork, leaving the tails trailing down the front and back of the fork.

2. Wrap uncut floss around the base of the fork tines, while holding the floss tails in your hand around the fork handle. Continue wrapping tightly until most of the tines are solidly covered.

 

3. Tie loose tails of the 8″ length of floss around the wraps. Pull tightly and tie in a knot.

4. Gently pull the pom-pom off the fork. Snip through pom-pom loops. Fluff pom-pom, and trim to shape it. Leave tails intact.

5. Repeat to make a total of three pom-poms in desired colors.

6. Use the pom-pom tails to tie each pom-pom to the back of a bobby pin to form a tight cluster.


BUTTON BOBBY PIN

1. Beginning at the rounded end of bobby pin, glue a row of buttons on top of the pin, making sure the buttonholes are in a straight line that runs the length of the pin. Note: Avoid gluing at buttonholes.

2. Thread sewing needle with embroidery floss, and knot the end. Bring needle up through end buttonhole. In an in-and-out motion, sew through the buttonholes along the button row.

3. Knot floss on back of bobby pin.

Woven CD Table Mat

Designer: Kristin Cleveland

Convert a stash of old CD or DVD discs into a table mat by weaving vibrant yarn onto the circular surfaces; then join the discs to form an interesting shape, such as the diamond shown.


Materials:

  • Tapestry needle
  • Yarn in desired colors
  • CDs or DVDs
  • Size 3 perle cotton in desired color

 

Finished size: 17×29″

Note: The back of the disc is the printed side with label. The front is the unmarked side.


1. Thread a tapestry needle with a generous arm’s length of yarn. Hold yarn end against back (printed side) of the disc. Pass the needle through the hole in the center and tightly and evenly wrap the yarn around the disc until you have 13 warp yarns (or any odd number). Tie the ends together in a knot on the back, and trim the excess.

2. Select a yarn for weaving and cut an arm’s length. Tie yarn end to one of the warp yarns on the back of the disc. Thread yarn end onto tapestry needle, and pass the needle through the center hole of the disc so it is on the front.

3. Weave the needle under and over the warp yarns while working counterclockwise around the disc to create the weft. Pull the yarn tight as you work and keep the weaving neat. Note: As you weave new rows, the weft pattern will continue to alternate because of the odd number of warp yarns.

4. When you near the end of the yarn, insert the needle in the space between warp yarns and under the weft yarns; pull the yarn through to the center hole of the disc, hiding the yarn under the weft yarns. Pass the needle through the center to the back, and knot the yarn end to one of the warp threads on the back. Do not pull the yarn too tight.

5. To start a new yarn length, reverse Step 4 by coming up through the weft about two to three warp threads back from where you left off. Continue weaving, overlapping the joint.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 to weave all discs. You will need 16 to make a diamond-shape table mat. Refer to the main photo to lay out four diagonal rows of four discs each to create a diamond shape. To join the discs, knot two warp threads together between discs using perle cotton as shown.