19 Oct 2014 40 comments

My First Wall Hanging.

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I’m not sure if that should say ‘my first wall hanging ATTEMPT’ because I will (hopefully) look back at this in a few months and think well, what a disastrous effort. However, this is only my second finished wall hanging – I think of the first one as more of a practice attempt to get the hang of it. It’s not bad, I should probably actually put it up on my wall but this one is miles better. Bit of an incoherent ramble there, sorry.

So, if you follow me on Instagram (and you should!) you may have noticed that in recent months I have taken up weaving. I bought a small loom and weaving kit to make some wall hangings and I’ve quickly become hooked. Why, you ask? Well, the main reason is that I kept seeing wall hangings on sale and I just loved them – they’re the perfect piece for our flat and I love how different they can be. The other reason being that Jordan is away a lot with the band, pretty much until Christmas now, so I wanted something to keep me occupied and out of the cold. Plus, I’m an old granny at heart. I also saw a wall hanging on sale in Anthro a few months back and I just fell in love, I needed it! Until I looked at the price – a casual £900. Within a week, my loom kit was on its way to me from Australia, all for about £28!

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I bought the kit from here, and it has everything I need. The frame is easy to set up, although of course you could make your own, and it has all the tools you’ll need to get started. All you have to buy is some nice chunky wools (I get mine from John Lewis) in different colours and you’re set.

I won’t go in to too much detail on here, as I’m going to be writing a whole series of weaving posts over on Nouvelle   – how to set up your loom, basic weaving techniques and other tutorials – all for beginners so we can learn together. I suggest you stock up on wool and buy/make your kit now!

What do you think of my first wall hanging?

  • This is such a cute piece! I really love the magenta and mustard colours together.

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  • So cute, I love your pictures aswell x

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  • This is quite different! It works really well in your work space.

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  • Kathryn Wroe

    I specialised in woven textiles for my degree, and love the fact that you are introducing this under-rated craft to your readers! My boyfriend is also a full time musician, so its nice to know I am not the only 20 somethin granny chillin on a Saturday night with my loom! http://kathrynwroe.tumblr.com/

  • Andrea

    Looks fabulous!

  • I actually love this! I think it works so well with the rest of your work space, especially with the colours! I need to pick up a hobby like this, it looks so cute!

    Laura | elelibee

  • This is gorgeous!! The colours add nicely to your workspace 🙂

  • I love hanging things on the walls, but doesn’t the washy tape leave marks??

  • £900! Are you having a laugh? Good for you, i love a good project! I’m looking into doing cross stitching, care to join – we can stitch and bitch together?

  • Love love love this. Such a nice alliterative to one that would have set you back £900! (Haaa!)

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

  • Love the colors you used! Looks great. Also really like your “shoe” sign.
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  • rebekah maryx

    it looks so cool love this, me and wool just dont go together

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  • This is so cute and I love the colours, definitely need to try and make one of these!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Catherine Delves

    This is so pretty, it’s always really nice to feel like you’re improving on a new hobby! Looking forward to seeing more.

    Catherine xx
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  • That looks so lovely! I would love to be able to make one of these! Look forward to seeing more 🙂 x

  • It looks so gorgeous! I remember doing this in arts class when I was little and absolutely loved doing it! Can’t wait to read the series on Nouvelle! ^^

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  • Ah, it’s so cute! Love the colours you chose 🙂

  • I’m quite an avid knitter, but I’ve never thought to use my projects as wall hangings. What an excellent idea! Great work.

  • I got a knitting kit for my birthday a few years ago, I am a happy knitter ^_^ I really like your wall, super cute!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • mariam_93

    I love knitting. I don’t know if thats a cool thing to say but I still need to learn more than the basic stitching. Anyway this is encouraging and has made me want to start back at it!

    Mariam from helloiammariam.com

  • Laura Winnard

    Looks so cute!

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  • Romy VH

    Aw, that looks super cute! I really love all of your posts and photos, you’re so creative. Please check out my blog!
    xo Romy
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  • It looks amazing! Well done!

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  • Ugh your flat is so perfect! That bg on your computer is bloody gorgeous too! xxx

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  • Ooh it’s kinda tribal! Love how unusual it is 🙂

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  • Lucy Birchall

    Now, Kate. That first picture/your desk space? That is a Pinterest worthy desk space! WOW! Congratulations, haaaa. The wall hanging is so cute and quirky too.

    She’s So Lucy

  • This looks so cool! I need to try! x

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  • You have a great set up!! love the desgin!!

    Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

  • Love your space, and that wall hanging is so gorgeous, I think I need one for my house too!

    Bramble & Thorn

  • Super cute! Love the color combination!

  • Emily Knott

    I love this! And that mint lamp! Gimme!

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  • Iris Klaver

    Looks awesome! It looks fun to make as well.

  • To be honest when I saw it on your vlog I wasn’t impressed but it turned out better than I thought! 🙂

  • Love the mix of textures and colours – really nice DIY, well done!

  • Tamsyn Elizabeth

    This looks stunning! I definitely need to dabble into a bit of weaving!

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
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  • Anna

    It’s literally amazing! You’re right, so different and cool, and I love the layers, the texture, and how you can pick and combine all those colors. Incredible.

  • Ota

    I love the touch of color it adds interest to the wall. I should try something like that in my space.

    Dama

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  • Maggie Marie

    I think it looks fabulous! I had a mini-twitter convo about weaving with you a few weeks ago, and it’s fun to see what you’ve finished 🙂 I’m so obsessed that I actually showed it in my Aug faves video– I would love if you checked it out!

  • That’s amazing! I love the colours you have chosen, and all the different textures 🙂 If you kept going it would make the worlds most awesome scarf hehe! How long did it take you to do that one? It looks lovely above your desk!
    Emily
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  • Nicole Maier

    When will you be posting on Nouvelle? I just ordered a starter kit and I’m so excited to get started!