Cre­ate Kristin Carter’s clev­erly wo­ven flo­ral trip­tych

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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.

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