Your First Weaving Project

Your First Weaving Project

This post is a continuation of my previous post where I showed you how to make a book into a loom, and we got started on weaving. 

We had a bunch of fun, so click here to catch up and be one of the cool kids who know how to weave!

Here’s where we left off…

… with just a touch of the sunset starting to emerge behind the hills.

Notice how I use three different colors as I weave. Using more than one color is an impressionist effect, and makes the colors shimmer and pop.

If you want to mess around with the impressionist effect, try out this fun website, Impressify.

Or, if you know how to stay focused (not like me), don’t go fooling around with Impressify. Stay here and weave.

Here's a close-up of the last step I showed you.

Here I replaced the orange with hot pink from the same skein of variegated yarn.

Now I’m blending three shades of purple.

Adding some red now. Same yarn, I love that you can get so many different colors from one skein of variegated yarn.

And finally a bit of black.

Yarns come and go, and you may not be able to get exactly the yarns I used here, but if you’d like to try to find them, here’s where you can go:

Click here for yarn used in the sky   Lion Brand Yarns, Landscapes   color-Boardwalk

Update: the yarn I used for the mountains was Wisdom Yarns' Poems/Forte. It's no longer available, but here is an alternative you may like: Wisdom Yarn's Poems/Chunky.The Lion Brand Yarn's Landscape line has a lot of nice earthy blends you might like for the mountains.

Finishing the Project

And now it’s the time we’ve all bee waiting for! Let’s cut it off the loom!

how to weave a tapestry

Sew each warp thread into the back side of the weaving.

how to weave a tapestry

Now it’s time to clean up all those weft threads.

Thread the yarn onto the tapestry needle and sew it into the back side of the weaving.

You can also just tie the yarn ends together. I often do both techniques, but I want this weaving to lie as flat as possible, with no lumps from the knots on the back side.

Now the weaving is all cleaned up! I like to iron it on low with lots of steam, and then let it rest overnight.


I decided to frame it

Two reasons:
  • It’s easy to display on a table.
  • I thought the selvages were too uneven, so the frame hides that problem!

I always tell my kids that a good artist isn’t perfect.
A good artist just knows what to do when things don’t go as planned.

Maybe I’ll hang my next one on the wall, with beautiful straight edges to show off.

Maybe not… but I'll have fun either way!

If you think this is a fun project, download my free 17-page pdf, it guides you through another fun weaving project where you’ll learn some new weaving techniques. It’s easy and fun!

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