Take textile wall art to the next level
Make woven wall art that’s beautiful and useful with Cath Chamberlain
Reason number 4321 why you need to get into weaving: so many useful applications. This woven piece is pretty without compromising on practicality – when empty it’s textile art, but start filling those deep pockets and it’s a capacious organiser.
Pack yours with yarns and craft notions, or hang it on the back of the bedroom or bathroom door to stash those bits and bobs that never quite seem to have a home.
Knot Yarn A to the top left-hand
side of the loom and create the warp by tightly winding the yarn up and down around the notches. Continue until it measures 43cm (17") wide and then knot again.
Start with tabby stitch. Thread
Yarn B on the yarn needle and weave over and under the warp threads, alternating from row to row, weaving over the warps you went under and under the warps you went over. Repeat until this measures 6cm (23/ 8").
Using tabby stitch in Yarn C,
weave one more warp thread on
each row consecutively until the section measures 9cm (35/ 8").
Tabby stitch in Yarn B as before,
consecutively reducing one warp
thread at a time until it meets the Yarn C section at the point shown.
Next, add the rya knots. Cut
two 10cm (4") lengths of Yarn D and fold in half. Lay the centre over the first two warp threads, then pass the left side under and around the left-hand warp thread, and the right side under and around the right-hand warp thread. Pull tightly to secure the knot. Add 15 of these here and 14 above the Yarn C tabby stitch section. Trim the ends.
With a 1m (393/ 8") length of Yarn
E, add a section of soumak. Start by passing under two warp threads and back over, then under the next three warp threads and back over the last two, pulling securely after each stitch. Work each row in the opposite direction. Work five rows, until 5cm (2") in height. Using Yarn
B, fill the rest of the pocket piece with tabby stitch until the weaving reaches 17cm (6¾") in height.
Tie all the yarn ends together on
the back and trim. Remove the piece from the loom by cutting the warp threads 10cm (4") above it, then tie them together and tuck them into the back of the piece. To create the three pockets, repeat Steps 1-7 twice more. For the middle pocket, add a section of tabby stitch in Yarn C at the bottom, start the usual Yarn C triangular section coming in from the left not the right, and use Yarn G instead of Yarn E for the soumak. For the third pocket, use Yarn F instead of Yarn E for the soumak.
To assemble the pockets, cut
three 43cm x 17cm (17 x 6¾") pieces of Fabric 2. Pin each one along the top back edge of the woven pockets and sew.
Cut two 86 x 40cm (337/ x 15¾")
pieces of Fabric 1. Place the woven pockets onto one of the pieces with the first pocket 12cm (4¾") down from the top. Leave 5cm (2") in between each pocket – there should be 9cm (35/ 8") between the last pocket and the bottom of the fabric. Pin the bottom edges of the pockets to the fabric and sew.
With this piece right side (RS)
up, place the second piece of Fabric 1 on top, RS down, and pin together the two long edges with a 1.5cm ( /8") seam allowance. Sew
5 along the pinned edges, then turn the hanging RS out.
Create a channel for the
bamboo at the top and bottom of the piece by folding the fabric to the back by 1cm ( /8") and pressing.
Sew a few stitches vertically at either end to stop the bamboo from catching. Turn over again by 3cm (1¼"), then pin and sew close to the folded edge.
Thread the bamboo pieces
through the channels, inserting the longer one at the top. Cut a 50cm (19¾") length of Yarn H and tie tightly to either end of the top bamboo piece for hanging.
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