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DIY Mini Framed Weaving

Create your own DIY mini framed weaving in an hour using a loom, yarn scraps and basic frame. A unique idea to add to a gallery wall or hang on its own to add a warm touch to any room.

Hi Everyone! It’s been a while since my last post – ah, such is (a busy) life! But I’m glad to be back with another tutorial. This DIY mini framed weaving is a fun little project you can do when you’ve got some yarn scraps and about an hour of time to kill. It’s a great way to incorporate the wall weaving trend without going ‘all bohemian’ in your décor – unless you really want to 😉  And as far as wall art goes, a framed weaving is an easy way to incorporate a subtle bit of texture to your wall space, whether on its own or as part of a gallery wall.

To create your own DIY mini framed weaving, you will need the following supplies:

DIY mini framed weaving - materials.

  • lap loom (mine is a peg loom – to check out options, see Amazon or Etsy)
  • cotton yarn for the ‘warp’ (warp: the vertical strands of your weaving which holds the horizontal woven portion together).
  • darning needle (not pictured) – dull tip needle or any other you have on hand.
  • scissors
  • yarns of various thicknesses (for interest and texture); these yarns will create your ‘weft’ (weft: the material that is woven horizontally across the warp)
  • tapestry needle: about 3 inches long with a dull end and large eye used to thread your yarns; you can also just use your fingers to weave your yarns for this mini weaving.
  • shuttle (optional): this is the stick with the u-shape ends used to feed thicker yarns into the warp.
  • shed stick (optional): this is the flat wood piece with the pointed end; this is woven through the warp (vertical strands of the weaving) to make space, making it easier when feeding yarn using the shuttle (all this will be shown below).
  • picture frame – preferably without glass.
  • white craft paper + regular paper (not pictured) – you will be gluing your weaving onto the craft paper.
  • Mod Podge (not pictured) – or double-sided tape or other gluing agent.
  • foam brush (not pictured) – to apply the Mod Podge.
  • Scotch tape (not pictured)
  • pencil (not pictured)

For a fuller introduction to weaving, including materials and common terms used, see one of my earlier posts, “An Introduction to Weaving.”

Step 1:  Cut Paper to Size

First, determine the size of your weaving based on the space available in your picture frame. Mine was 8 by 10 inches. Using any piece of paper, cut it to match the space available.

DIY mini framed weaving - cut craft paper to size.

This paper will be your guide to measuring the width and height of your weaving.

Step 2:  Create Your Warp

Make a loop knot at the end of the cotton yarn and place over one of the bottom pegs. Pull upwards and loop the cotton yarn around a peg along the top of the loom, going around the peg from left to right and back down. Next, loop the yarn around the peg next to the peg with your loop knot at the bottom, going from left to right and back up.

Create your warp - DIY mini framed weaving.

Continue in this way until you create sufficient width to create your weaving, finishing with another loop knot.

Use the paper you cut out in Step 1 to guide the width of your warp. Make sure there is space on either side of the warp. This is where your woven yarn will bulge out as you weave your pieces, so give yourself plenty o’ room.

DIY mini framed weaving - craft paper guide.

Tip: When creating your warp, make sure that it is not too tight. As you add your yarn, the warp will tighten along the way. If your warp is too tight from the start, then your weaving will end up bowing in the middle, not to mention making it difficult to work with.

To make sure your warp has some give to it, press down on it and ensure there is some slack.

Press down on warp.

Step 3:  Time to Weave!

Take one of your yarns and begin to feed it through your cotton warp, feeding it over and under from one end to the other.

DIY mini framed weaving - feed first yarn through.

DIY mini framed weaving - feed first yarn through.

(Note:  Notice that the yarn is woven over the first warp strand (instead of under). Later on, you will be tucking in that yarn end (and any yarn ends) by going around that strand towards the back side, allowing for full coverage of the warp. For a small weaving like this one using various yarns (and starting points) I would recommend creating an odd number of vertical strands, which would ensure that yarn ends always ends up over the last strand. This one has 13 vertical strands.)

Continue creating more rows with your yarn.

DIY mini framed weaving - creating first rows.

DIY mini framed weaving - creating first rows.

When weaving your yarn into the warp, you can use your tapestry needle if it is easier. You can also use your shed stick to create space in your warp by moving it over and under each strand.

DIY mini framed weaving - shed stick.

This will allow space to feed the yarn through smoothly. Your shuttle (the U-shaped stick) can be used to feed the yarn through.

DIY mini framed weaving - shuttle.

Once the yarn goes through, remove the shuttle, flatten the shed stick and gently push the row of yarn down towards the previously created rows.

DIY mini framed weaving - slide shed stick down.

DIY mini framed weaving - slide shed stick down.

You can also vary how tight or loose the weaving is as I did below. I simply used the tapestry needle to pull at the yarn at various points to create a ‘bubbling’ effect.

DIY mini framed weaving - adding varying thicknesses of yarn.

Continue creating more rows, varying your yarn thickness and colour to create interest along the way.

DIY mini framed weaving - completed weaving.

Step 4:  Clean Up the Yarn Ends

Once you have completed your weaving, it’s time to clean up the ends. Flip the loom over so that you see the back side of your weaving. Taking your tapestry needle, begin weaving the ends through the yarn on the back side. Take care that your yarn does not show through on the front side.

DIY mini framed weaving - weave in back ends.

For the thicker yarn, you may wish to carefully weave the yarn behind a warp strand instead of the weft. Otherwise it will show through on the front side of your weaving.

DIY mini framed weaving - weave in back ends.

Once you weave all the yarn ends into the back side of the weaving, clip them off. This will create a more even, flatter surface.

DIY mini framed weaving - snip back ends.

Step 5:  Remove Weaving from Loom

To remove your weaving from the loom, snip the cotton warp strands along the top and bottom.

DIY mini framed weaving - snip warp strands.

DIY mini framed weaving - snipped warp strands.

Tip: When handling your weaving, it will feel fragile in your hands so take care not to manipulate it too much during these next steps.

Step 6:  Clean Up the Warp Strands

Using a regular needle or darning needle, weave the cotton warp strands into the back side of the weaving, the same way you did the yarn ends.

DIY mini framed weaving - weave cotton strands into back side.

DIY mini framed weaving - weave cotton strands into back side.

Snip off the loose threads to clean it up.

Step 7:  Apply Craft Paper to Mat

Now you will need to prepare your mini weaving for framing.

Remove the mat from the picture frame and apply scotch tape to the corners of the back of the mat.

DIY mini framed weaving - tape back of frame mat.

Apply white craft paper to the mat.

DIY mini framed weaving - Add Craft Paper to Mat.

Step 8:  Adhere Weaving to Craft Paper

Flip your mat over so that the front is facing up. Take your adhesive agent – I used Mod Podge – and apply it to the craft paper with a foam brush.

DIY mini framed weaving - apply Mod Podge.

Lay the weaving onto the craft paper and press down the edges to ensure a firm adhesion. Let dry.

DIY mini framed weaving - adhere weaving.

Step 9:  Frame Your Weaving

Now you are ready to frame your mini weaving!

Create your own DIY mini framed weaving in an hour using a loom, yarn scraps and basic frame. A unique idea to add to a gallery wall or hang on its own to add a warm touch to any room.

DIY mini framed weaving - close up.

DIY mini framed weaving - Close Up Side View.

DIY mini framed weaving - Close Up Bottom View.

Create your own DIY mini framed weaving in an hour using a loom, yarn scraps and basic frame. A unique idea to add to a gallery wall or hang on its own to add a warm touch to any room.

Hang your weaving and enjoy!

Create your own DIY mini framed weaving in an hour using a loom, yarn scraps and basic frame. A unique idea to add to a gallery wall or hang on its own to add a warm touch to any room.

Create your own DIY mini framed weaving in an hour using a loom, yarn scraps and basic frame. A unique idea to add to a gallery wall or hang on its own to add a warm touch to any room.

I love how this project turned out. It is a great alternative to the typical, unframed wall weavings that have become popular in home décor these days. If you are looking for a way to add a bit of texture and warmth – and maybe a little ‘bohemian’ style in your home – why not try this more modern and minimal version?

Happy weaving 🙂

Kreativ K
Creative Crochet Workshop

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    DazzleWhileFrazzled
    February 12, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Very cool! And makes for an interesting piece of homemade art. Visiting from Pretty Pintastic Party.

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      Jelica
      February 14, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you! I like mixing handmade items into the home. It keeps things fresh and interesting 🙂

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    Maria @ Pastels & Macarons
    February 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, so clever Jelica. Just so pretty. I need to learn how to weave!

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      Jelica
      February 16, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Maria. Weaving is definitely one craft worth learning. There are so many applications from wall art to wall hangings to all kinds of soft furnishings in the home. I get excited just thinking about it 🙂

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    Kati
    March 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I really love the smaller framed piece! Something perfect for me to start with. You have my brain going like crazy with all these cool weaving posts.

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      Jelica
      March 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Kati! I had been thinking about making a framed piece for a long while before I made it and was pretty happy with how it turned out. It took very little time to make – instant gratification 🙂

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    Carol
    April 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    What a fantastic project and wonderful tutorial. I’m featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

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      Jelica
      April 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      That’s fantastic Carol! Thank you. And thanks for hosting such a great link party 🙂

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    Katrin
    April 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Oh my, this would look lovely on my walls! Love it! Last time I weaved was in school, I think I could pick it up easily with your great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #3 Jelica! Have a great weekend!

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      Jelica
      April 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much Katrin. I loved this project and had been thinking about framing a weave for a while before doing this one. I’m happy to inspire you to get back into weaving. It is such a joy! I was glad to share it on your link party 🙂

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        Katrin
        April 28, 2016 at 1:34 am

        Hi Jelica, just letting you know, I’ll be featuring you at tomorrow’s Sweet Inspiration Linky! Hope to see you there 🙂

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          Jelica
          April 30, 2016 at 7:43 am

          Thanks so much for the feature! Such a treat 🙂

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    Kristen Hewitt
    April 23, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I LOVE this – gorgeous! Found you at SITS! Pinning and Stumbling!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      April 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Kristen. It was fun to create. It’s nice to connect!

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    Helen Fern
    April 24, 2016 at 9:00 am

    What a great project – and the instructions are fabulous! Thanks for sharing on the “DIY” link up!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      May 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks Helen! I always love step-by-step tutorials myself and learn so much from them. So glad you enjoyed it. Always glad to share at the DIY link up!

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    Pili
    April 28, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Love it, Jelica!! Mixing different yarns make it more interesting!

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      Jelica
      April 30, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Thank you Pili! I definitely like mixing it up with my weavings – the visual interest of various yarns makes it just as interesting to create as it is to display. I just love this craft!

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    Erin - suburban simplicity
    May 4, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Super creative. You’re vary talented! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you tomorrow!

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      Jelica
      May 4, 2016 at 8:14 am

      That’s so sweet of you to say Erin! Thanks so much for featuring the tutorial on Welcome Home Wednesdays – such a treat 🙂

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    carol
    June 23, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Love this idea and you gave great instructions on how to make one! Such an easy way to add texture to wall decor. I’ll be making one soon!

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      Jelica
      June 23, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Glad you found the instructions easy to follow. Hope you do make one of your own. It really does add a bit more interest to a wall or vignette on a console. Take care!

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    Julie
    July 8, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Love the texture and soft colours, really beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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      Jelica
      July 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks very much Julie!

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    crystal
    July 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Love how this turned out!! Pinning now because I need to try this soon! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty hope to see you back!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 10, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Crystal!

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    creativejewishmom/sara
    July 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Love it! such a fun way to make some DIY art. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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      Jelica
      July 20, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Thanks so much Sara! Glad to share. Have a great week 🙂

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    Ashleigh
    July 28, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Old school technique and simple design are what makes this piece pop! Great job!

    Thanks for sharing on Peace, Love, Linkup! I hope to see you tomorrow at 6 for more sharing fun! : )

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      Jelica
      July 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks so much Ashleigh! Always happy to share 🙂

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