Tapestry Weaving Techniques & Patterns For DIY Wall Hangings

wall hanging tapestry

Weaving is a great way to create beautiful wall hangings that can definitely be classified as art.

If you mastered some basic weaving techniques and patterns, you can combine them all to create almost an unlimited amount of designs.

But sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get started, right?

So here is a collection of videos that will show you how to make your own wall tapestry in 8 different ways!

How To Weave

Before you start weaving you have to prepare your weaving loom and yarn. If you don’t have any yet, please read our articles on:

1 Weaving A Simple Tapestry

The video below gives a good idea of what making a woven wall hanging involves. It shows that even with a few basic weaving techniques like the plain weave and rya knots you can make something cool.

One advantage of weaving on a cardboard loom is that you can easily decide how big you want your weave to be by making a bigger or smaller loom. If you are weaving everything by hand it can take quite some time. So beginners might want to start with smaller projects.

Additionally, you can easily sketch the pattern you want to make on the loom itself and use it as a reference while you are weaving.

One of the most exciting parts of weaving is finishing a weave and removing it from the loom. The first time might be a little scary. But if you did everything correctly, your weave will hopefully not fall apart.

In this video, you can see that a wooden branch was used to hang the weaving instead. This has become quite popular nowadays and can result in a nice finish. But if you are planning on using one you found outside yourself, make sure that it is properly cleaned. You don’t want to bring any dirt or insects into your house.

2 Weaving A New Pattern

If you have tried working on a cardboard loom several times, it might be time to upgrade your gear.

Looms can come in different sizes and shapes. But normally a lap loom or frame loom is a good loom for beginners. They are more sturdy, last longer, can hold tension more evenly across the warp threads and easier to work with.

If you know how to use a cardboard loom, then warping a regular loom and working with it will also be no problem.

The video below shows you don’t need to invest much money if you are willing to be creative with your weaving tools. Use a fork instead of a beater, some scrap piece of wood or cardboard as a shuttle, and a dowel as a shedding stick.

Also, if you are working with thicker yarn, don’t be afraid to forget about your weaving shuttle and tapestry needle and just start using your hands.

Just like the first example, you can see that rya knots and the plain weave make up the most of the wall hanging of this design.

You probably get the basic idea by now.

You want to make sure to use plenty of vibrant colors, yarn textures, weaving patterns and techniques to create something that stands out.

Although much can be said for the plain weave and rya knots, you probably want to slowly learn and incorporate new weaving patterns. For example, in the video below you can see how to create a checker pattern.

Just in case you are wondering, the cardboard is inserted at the base of the loom to make sure that that warp loops are big enough. This makes it easier to finish the weave and remove it afterward.

3 Using Wool Roving Yarn

The next video is great because it not only shows how to incorporate wool roving yarn into your wall hanging, but it also shows 5 different weaving techniques: fishtail braid, simple weave, wool roving, weaving in metal, and making tassels.

Normal yarn has all its fibers running parallel in the same directing because of the way it is spun and combed. However, the fibers of roving yarn are all of different lengths and are going in different directions. Which gives roving yarn a fluffy and fuzzy texture.

This makes it a great type of yarn to use in your woven wall hanging to give it some extra softness and contrasting texture.

Of course, roving is very big so don’t even think about using a tapestry needle or shuttle. Using your hands is the best way to work with this type of yarn.

But don’t worry that it will take super long. Since its so fluffy, one row of roving takes the same amount of space as several rows of regular yarn.

4 Learn Advanced Wall Hanging Techniques

If you got a little overwhelmed with all the steps and possibilities, then here is a little summary video for you.

It shows you the 22 steps you need to complete your first woven wall hanging. Of course, if you want a slightly different design you can always add a few steps if you want.

Since not every step is explained in huge detail, you might want to check out the previous ones if something doesn’t make sense.

Next time you take out your weaving loom and forget the next step to take, you can come back to this video.

5 Adding Extra Details

If you are a truly creative person, then there is more to learning how to make a tapestry wall hanging than just a few weaving patterns.

There are many different ways to add some extra flair to your creation.

The video below is a good example of this. It starts out as a basic weaving project using mostly techniques and patterns we have seen before already.

The weave itself is nice but not particularly stunning. But at the end, two additional flowers are added which brings the complete weave alive.

Especially if you are using a wooden branch or twig to hang your weave adding some more natural elements will work great.

You can simply glue or sew them onto your current weave.

6 Make A Wall Hanging With Beads

Another way to come up with new designs is by introducing beads into your wall hanging.

Bead weaving is a form of weaving all by itself. But by combining the two you might be able to use the best parts from both worlds.

You can use any metal pieces, beads or pearls that you like.

However, it does require a certain amount of planning ahead since you need to incorporate them during the warping process.

This video below shows how adding a few beads can turn a simple weave made using only the plain weave and a few rya knots into an elegant wall hanging.

7 Make A Macramé Wall Hanging

The origin of the word macramé is not exactly clear. Some think it comes from the 13th-century Arabic weaver’s word “migramah” meaning fringe. While others think it comes from the Turkish “makrama”.

Regardless, nowadays macramé is considered to be its own form of textile processing separate from weaving. Although it’s really not that different in the sense that it uses a variety of knots to create patterns.

Of course, there are many different knots you can learn. But fortunately, you can make your own DIY macrame wall hanging after learning just some of the basic ones. The video below is a good is a good macrame wall hanging tutorial that can teach you the ropes.

Unlike working with a loom, if you are using macramé you can directly knot your yarn to the final rod you will use to hang it from. But keep in mind that the length of the yarn will decrease if you tie many knots with it. So normally using yarn that is about twice the length of your final project is a good rule of thumb.

If you know your design beforehand, you can simply make the yarn threads that will hold lots of knots a little longer than the others. Or you can simply make all of them long and then trim them at the end.

This video will teach you several different types of knots such as the basic square knot, double half stitch, and the spiral stitch. Later on, you can also see the picot square knot and switch knot, although they don’t come with any explanation. But you can find many free macramé patterns online at websites such a free-macrame-patterns.com.