Nothing makes Linda Phan, Drew’s wife, happier than being in her craft room. Recently, she tried her hand at these adorable wall hangings. They have a retro summer-camp-craft vibe but are pretty enough to hang up around the house.
“Play with different textures, colors, and patterns. You’ll be weaving yourself into daydreams with this meditative craft!”
1. To make a loom, cut a rectangle out of cardboard. (This one is 8 by 12 inches.) Using a ruler, make 20 slits every 3/8 inch along the top and bottom. Snip the marks with scissors.
2. Cut 10 equal-length pieces of yarn (these are 36 inches), and tie them to the dowel. We used an easy lark’s head knot to attach the yarn. You can find demos of the knot online.
3. To thread the yarn onto the loom, place the dowel behind the cardboard and slide the pieces of yarn through the notches, coming over the top and going under the bottom.
4. Thread your needle and go over and under the yarn. To make it easier to weave, slide a scrap of cardboard between the loom and the yarn. Change colors to create patterns, leaving a few inches of yarn at the edges so the weaving doesn’t unravel.
5. Once you’re finished with your pattern, fill in the rest with your background color. When you’re done weaving, carefully slide the bottom threads off the loom in pairs and knot them to secure the bottom of the weaving.
6. Flip the weaving over and thread the yarn that’s hanging out from the sides under a few stitches to keep the weaving secure. Tie a piece of yarn to the dowel, then find a spot to showcase your masterpiece!
Craft by Jodi Levine | Photographs by Chelsea Kyle | Prop Styling by Astrid Chastka