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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hanging

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

-scissors

-yarn needle

*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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingDecide 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingTake your secondary yarn and tie it around your roving so it is fairly snug to the driftwood. Make sure to leave a tail about 8″ long.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingWrap the yarn tail around the roving several times. Once the secondary yarn is wrapped far enough down your roving, tie a knot using both ends of your secondary yarn at the back side of your work.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingThread the secondary yarn ends through the yarn sewing needle.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingPass the needle through the center of your yarn wrap and pull the yarn ends through.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingPull 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingRepeat the above steps until you’ve achieved your desired look (or filled up your driftwood!).

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingOddly 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hanging

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingI love how soft and fluffy the roving looks!

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingAll done! I trimmed each of my roving ends at an angle. I like how the angles compliment all of the other soft, organic components on the rest of the piece.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann alpaca roving wall hangingDid you make your own wall hanging? I’d love to see how you put your own spin on it!