Create Kristin Carter’s cleverly woven floral triptych
Say hello to spring with our showstopping triptych of vibrant woven blooms
Three 15 x 20cm (6 x 7 7/ 8") picture frames 150 upholstery tacks, 1.5cm ( 5 /8") Warp cotton thread DK yarn, 8m (9yd) each of pale pink, bright pink, yellow and mint green Yarn needle Hammer Adhesive putty
Modern Scandi vibes and a bright, spring palette? DIY looms that double as instant frame mounts? Yep, we’re a little starryeyed over this abstract floral trio. Using negative space to create floating blooms is a simple enough idea, but it looks so impressive.
The weaving techniques used in this project are basic, but the finished pieces are anything but. Level up your tabby stitch skills and your walls will thank you.
01 Remove the glass and backing from the frames and bend the holding pegs towards the back. Mark 0.5cm ( ") intervals along the top and bottom of the inside lip of the frame. Hammer the tacks into place at the marked intervals, leaving enough room to wrap thread around each one.
02 Tie the end of the warp cotton securely to the first nail. Running vertically from tack to tack, warp the loom keeping hold of the cotton to maintain consistent tension. Tie off the cotton around the last tack and trim the excess.
03 Select one of the flower templates from page 99 and attach it to the front of the frame with putty, facing the back. Using the main image as a guide, thread the needle with the first shade of yarn you’ll need, working from the bottom up. Working left to right, weave the first row over the template, going over and under each alternating warp string. Pull the yarn through until there is a 3cm (1 ") tail at the starting point.
04 Work the next row going back the other way, alternating the unders and overs from the first row. Pull the yarn into an arch shape, and using your fingers (or a fork), push the arch down on top of the first row. This will keep the correct tension across the weave and not pull in the sides. If you find you have excess yarn hanging over at the end of each row, decrease the height of the arch. This weaving technique is called tabby stitch.
05 Continue following the template, weaving under and over using tabby stitch until you’ve filled in the shape behind. If you run out of yarn, or change colours, leave a tail each time. These will be woven in at the end to tidy up the back.
06 For the narrow stem, just use two warp strings. Weave down and through the centre of the two strings and to the left, bringing the needle back to the front, and then down and through to the right.
Continue this sequence, gently pulling the yarn tight, and pushing the column of weaving down as you go for a neat finish.
07 When changing colours for the flower head, pay close attention to which warp string you went over and under for the previous row. The aim is to keep the alternating tabby stitch consistent throughout the colour changes. Continue filling out the template shape.
08 Once the template design is complete, weave in the loose ends and secure the end points of the design by threading the tail onto the needle and weaving the thread into the backs of two weft (horizontal) stitches. Pull through gently and be sure to check the front of the weave for any issues.
09 Repeat Steps 1-8 with each of the remaining flower templates on page 99. When closing the gap on the square flower, be sure to pay attention to which sequence each side of the square is on. Bridge the gap to join the sides in the same alternating under/over sequence.
10 To add texture to the centre of the flowers, double up the yarn on the needle. Knot the end of the yarn around a warp string, remove the template and bring the thread to the front of the frame.
11 Curl the end of the yarn into a loop, sitting it over the third warp string. Thread the needle under the third warp string, effectively through the loop, and pull gently. This will create a knot.
12 Repeat this process on every second string, moving up to the next row, until the square is filled. Pass the needle to the back of the weave and secure the tail behind two available warp strings.