I’m Obsessed with Woven Wall Hangings

Written by Sarah on September 2nd, 2014 Posted in design, DIY, interior, Uncategorized, want

There are a few things I won’t do. I won’t dye and I won’t spin. I don’t quilt. And, as of right now, I don’t crochet. It’s not that I’m against other crafts, I love even the ones I can’t understand. I just can’t allow myself to have other hobbies. My yarn stash is out of control and, since I started sewing at the beginning of the year, I’m having trouble finding places to store the new yardage I’ve been collecting. One day, when I am a grown up, I will have a house with a craft room and there will be a closet full of yarn and a cabinet of fabric and a sewing machine, serger, floor loom, spinning wheel, and maybe even a knitting machine. But right now, in my one-bedroom, I am bursting at the seams (craft pun) with bobbins, tapestry needles, cross stitch canvasses, etc.

But if I could have a new hobby, if I did allow myself to learn something new, to take time away from that mile-long queue of sweaters and hats and socks, if it were possible to store a little frame under my bed between the sewing patterns and bags of yarn, that hobby would be weaving.

maryanne moodietapestry by Maryanne Moodie

To be honest, I know how to weave. I have a small table top loom that I received as a gift years ago and I made lots of little patterned ribbons with linen thread. When I saw these woven wall hangings coming back into style (they’re really 70’s, huh?) I tried to ignore it. But now it’s too late. The pastel, textured beauties have caught me and I want one of my own.

wildcolumbinetapestry by Wild Columbine Textile

I’ve considered taking a class (maybe one at the Textile Arts Center or this one at Makeshift Society Brooklyn) but I am the most stubborn kind of DIY-er. I like to think that I can figure out how to do anything on my own. Pickling? Sewing buttonholes? Weaving? I’m sure I can make it work. Besides, I have the internet to help me. Some resources I’ve found for DIY weaving frame, the anatomy of a loom, and a tapestry tutorial. So I might go for it. I mean, it would be a good way to use up my stash, right?

Do you limit your hobbies? Have you caught the weaving craze? How are you learning?

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Comments (7)

  • September 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm |

    The day I put my out of season clothing into old suitcases so that I could make more room in the spare bedroom/home office/craft lounge for fabric and knitting supplies, I realized that I can’t take another hobby. Someday…

  • Aunt Sherry
    September 4, 2014 at 9:28 am |

    BTW don’t be stubborn on this one, unless you are going to use a frame loom…if it’s a floor loom, it’s more complicated and better to start with a class.

    • September 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm |

      Floor loom I’d definitely take a class! Frame looms are pretty self-explanatory and there are some good resources online. But if I had the time/money, I’d be interested in a class all the same!

  • September 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm |

    I really want to learn to weave! Obviously I don’t need another hobby, but it just seems so fun! I’ve strongly considered taking a weaving class at FIT (it’s only a few bucks more than the Maryanne Moodie class to take an entire semester-long class!). Maybe someday!

    • September 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm |

      A whole semester of weaving! Sounds fun!

  • Emma
    September 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm |

    I don’t know if you’ve seen on my instagram but I did indeed catch the bug and decided it made sense to build my own lap loom?! It was a fun project with the boyfriend. Trouble is, now it’s done, I’ve found I’m not that good at weaving and could do with a class or some additional help! I really don’t need another hobby, but I also like having something else to do when I lose my knitting mojo.

    (By the by, the tapestry tutorial link is not working for me!)

  • September 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm |

    I have to limit my hobbies…at a knitting guild meeting back in May, the ladies brought in their wheels and spindles to teach us how to spin. I wouldn’t hardly try the drop spindle for only a few moments…I’m with you, I can’t afford another hobby but I can certainly admire them from afar 🙂

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