Just popping in for a short intro to todays freebie! Lucy from Peas and Needles contributed this awesome super tassely woven wall hanging as part of our weaving tutorial course. Please let us know if you’re enjoying the We Make Collective freebie week so far! I really hope so! But for now take it away Lucy!
Once you have put together your loom following your instructions in the subscription box, you will need to warp up the cotton thread. Starting in the bottom left hand corner tie a double knot. This needs to be tight so it doesn’t slip off. Working top to bottom locking the thread around each notch. Make sure these threads are tight.
To start your weave we need to make some fringe tassels. The quickest way to do this is by wrapping your wool around a small book or notepad. Do this a few times and then trim them off using a sharp pair of scissors.
Once you have completed your fringe row, changing colours half way its time to move on to some weaving. Starting from the right hand side, insert the end of the skein in and out the first few warp strings. Starting from right to left, weave over and under each warp thread with the wool needle provided.
Once you have reached the end, using the same technique go from left to right weaving the opposite way to before. Keep going back and forth either side. Remember to keep it quite loose, – if its pulled too tight it’ll pull the warp threads together and the tapestry won’t be straight.
Double up your wool in a different colour. Starting from the left this time, weave in the end pieces of your wool to about half way. Following the image above using your needle take your wool over and around the warp until you have reached the other side of the loom. Repeat the same technique coming back. This technique is called Soumac.
Take the top warp threads off the loom at the top and insert your doweling stick in the loops. You will have a loose thread left over, tie this to the next warping thread along. Tie a piece of wool or cord to your doweling stick. Your super-tassle weave is all finished and ready to hang in pride of place!