For me, I spend most fall and winter seasons in full on knitting mode. I am constantly looking for new projects to work on, often using alpaca yarn from my parents alpacas in upstate New York. But come spring time, I always seem to shift my focus to woven wall hangings.
Woven wall hangings can take a fair amount of time, which can be good if you’re looking for a long term project to stay busy. But sometimes my short attention span kicks in and I get an urge to make something in an afternoon.
You will need:
-yarn or roving in colors and textures of your choice (the roving I used was from my parent’s alpaca, Emmy)
-secondary yarn in a complimentary color to your main roving or yarn
-driftwood or other object to hang your yarn from
*The driftwood I used was from the beach at my family’s vacation home in Maryland. I found a few pieces that had an interesting shape and feel to them. I let them soak in a large plastic container filled with water and a little bleach for a day and then laid them out in the sun to air dry. The bleach helped to kill any bacteria in the driftwood and also lightened the color of the wood nicely.
*I used roving instead of traditional yarn because it’s much thicker than most yarn and I wanted a quick project. Roving is what spinners use to spin into traditional yarn. I love how fluffy and soft it is, but it is very delicate. It can pull apart fairly easily, so it needs to be handled with significantly more care than traditional yarn.
Decide how long you’d like the fiber to be on your wall hanging. Extend your roving or yarn to be around twice the desired length of your wall hanging and drape it over the driftwood so you have equal lengths on either side of the driftwood.
Pull the yarn ends through the wrapping and trim as close to the wrapping as you can without cutting your wrap. It won’t be perfect, but it will hide the ends far better than trimming them at the bottom of your wrap.
Oddly enough, I found it was easier for me to work while the driftwood was suspended. I had a hook in the ceiling already, otherwise I would have preferred to work with the driftwood hung against a wall.