By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa
My last post taught you all the basic skills you need to create your own macrame wall hanging. I’d like to show you all how to take it a step further and create some additional texture for your pieces using another wall hanging technique – weaving!
For this DIY, all you will need (in addition to your wall hanging) is:
- Yarn (in colors of your choice, in any variety of thicknesses)
- Darning needle
- Hot glue or super glue (optional)
To start, you will need to create a section of unknotted rope in your macrame wall hanging, like this:
To do this, all you have to do is create your last row of knots, leave any shape/amount of unknotted rope, then continue your knots like you normally would. It’s pretty intuitive. You can do it straight across like the image on top, at an angle like the example here, anything! Be creative.
Next, go ahead and cut your yarn. If you plan on doing a large chunk of one color, cut a lot, and if you plan on only doing a little stripe, cut a little. Working with too much yarn can lead to further complications (knotting and cat attacks, you know), so don’t worry about cutting as much as you will need for the whole piece. Adding yarn if you run out is very easy, and easy to conceal in the end.
To make it easier to thread the needle, I usually put a piece of tape around the end of my yarn.
Now we will begin to weave. Take your needle and thread it over the first piece of rope, then under the next. Over the next, under the next.
Over, then under, over, then under, until you run out of rope.
Pull your yarn all the way through, until you have a tail of about four inches left. This will be a difficult task, because your cat is probably trying to eat all the yarn. All of it.
At this point, you can tie your yarn to the first piece of rope. Just a normal knot is fine. Dot with some glue if you want, and don’t worry about the tail. You will take care of that later.
Now you will start to weave back in the other direction, alternating which ropes you went over or under before. So, if you went under the last rope, you will begin your next row by going over the same rope again, but in the other direction, then you will go under the next, over, under, over, like before, but using opposite weaving patterns.
A way to keep your woven section from going concave and pulling inwards in the middle is by creating an arc while you weave, like you can see in the picture above. When you are done with each row, pull the yarn down toward the bottom of the woven section using your fingers between each individual rope. The arc will create slack in the yarn and allow you to pull the yarn downwards without pulling it tight. That is the key in weaving: do not pull your yarn too tight.
Continue this pattern, back and forth.
Eventually, you will either reach the end of your yarn, or you will want to switch to a new color. Tie your yarn off the same way you tied it on in the beginning. To hide the tails, simply thread the them through the needle, then thread the needle through the yarn loops your have created on that single piece of rope. If you need to, add a dab of glue to keep the tail in place and hidden.
You will add a new color the same way you began your original color.
Continue your woven piece using your new color.
Each cast off and on will be the same as the first, until you have a finished piece!
As always, leave your finished pieces or questions in the comments. Have fun!