The Making of a Weaving

Creating fiber art that is beautiful, meaningful, and made from quality materials is a passion of mine. Before, I wanted to use all recycled yarn, but it's not always in the best shape or the best smell or color. I took some time to think about the types of pieces I wanted to create, and what I would need to make them a reality, and then I invested in some gorgeous materials. Among them are flax, linen, cotton, wool, and hemp.

The Making of a Weaving

I also gathered driftwood and shells from the shore last weekend. I was able to find shells with holes in them - perfect for threading into the weaving for a bit of oceanic detailing. A friend told me that these shells have such perfect round holes in them because in the ocean, a crab will bore into the shell to get at the shellfish meat inside. Then when the shell washes ashore, it gets washed over and over again in the water until the edges of the hole are soft and rounded, and it looks as though the hole has always been there. 

My friend Liz built my largest loom for me - a simple frame, with beautifully fitted corners. I recently decided to add nails along all four edges to create tapestry weavings with neat hems and easier warping. 

The Making of a Weaving

This past week I worked on this piece every night until finishing it today. Sometimes I love my pieces, and sometimes I'm less than impressed with my work, but this particular piece was so beautiful to create. The cotton tassels, the contrast of the blue, and the thick white roving - it all came together so wonderfully.

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The Making of a Weaving

It's not often that the colors and textures come together so wonderfully, but the neutrals paired with the muted aquamarine wool and the pale wooden beads perfectly. This piece is available in my shop - see more details below. 

How to Use Weavings in Home Decor

Do you love the look of weavings? Interested in making or buying your own gorgeous textile piece? Here are 5 ways you can use weavings in home decor.

1. Go with the driftwood flow.

How to Use Weavings in Home Decor
How to Use Weavings in Home Decor

Photo from my Etsy shop. Rustic Woven Wall Hanging, $48

If you purchased a weaving hung from driftwood, or you're planning on creating a piece hung from driftwood, it can be difficult to hang it in a way that looks pleasing. Try angling the wood against the wall as flat as you can, twisting the stitches holding the weaving to the wood. If you're hanging from a string, play around with how the weaving falls. If you're balancing the wood on a few nails, try placing the nails under two crooks in the wood so that the weaving balances better.

2. Hang your weaving on a door.

Walls full? Want to add something to a plain door that's usually closed, such as a closet or pantry door? Hang a weaving on it! Tap a little nail into your door, or use a transparent thumbtack for minimal visual distractions.

3. Amp up your window interest.

How to Use Weavings in Home Decor
How to Use Weavings in Home Decor

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Hang a weaving from your window - especially if it's big and light!

4. Framed and protected.

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How to Use Weavings in Home Decor-1

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Intense about keeping your weavings safe? Display them in a shadow box or frame for a polished look that will keep your pieces from getting dusty or damaged.

5. Layer, layer, layer.

How to Use Weavings in Home Decor
How to Use Weavings in Home Decor

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

For extra texture, try hanging your weaving from a pallet or a separate backdrop, which then gets hung or leaned against the wall. For even more texture, layer a few different sizes of weavings together!

Need more inspiration? Follow my Fiber Art board on Pinterest and get fresh ideas daily.

Want to make your own weavings? Check out Oake and Ashe on Etsy - they've got some lovely kits and tools just waiting for you.