How to weave on a loom – Finish your woven wall hanging

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If you have been following along so far, you now have your completed wall hanging woven on your loom.

The next step is to remove your weave from the loom, make some finishing touches, and add a dowel rod to hang it.

This article is part of a four-part DIY weaving tutorial series. Follow along and learn how to make your own woven wall hanging!

1. The first article explains the tools and materials needed to weave, and how to set up your weaving loom.

2. Start your wall hanging with a few basic weaving techniques. I start every weave with a few rows of a plain weave. And I love a good fringe, so there will be some rya knots. And a few rows of the classic basket weave.

3. Moving on to a few more weaving techniques that add even more texture and depth to your wall hanging. The loopy pile weave, soumak braids, and weaving with wool roving.

4. And this last part of the series shows how to finish your wall hanging and get it off your loom and up on your wall!

Work in progress photos of finishing woven wall hanging. Removing weave from weaving loom, trimming bottom fringe. Text on image: How to finish your woven wall hanging. thatcraftsite.com.
How to Remove your Wall Hanging from the Weaving Loom

How to Remove your Wall Hanging from the Weaving Loom

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

When you finished your weaving, the next step is to take your wall hanging from your loom and attach a dowel rod to hang it!

Materials

  • Loom with your Weaving on it
  • Dowel rod

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Weaving needle

Instructions

    1. Start at the bottom. Lift your rya knots fringe. Carefully remove the warp spacer.

      First step in removing your wall hanging from the loom. Rya knots lifted, warp spacer being removed. thatcraftsite.com.
    2. Cut the first set of warp threads at the bottom. Make a tight knot right underneath your first rows of weaving.

      Work in progress photo. Woven wall hanging being removed from the weaving loom. Bottom warp threads being cut and tied off. thatcraftsite.com.
    3. Move to the next set of warp threads and do the same. Continue cutting and tying knots all the way to the other end.

      You can cut and shorten these strings, but if your fringe is long enough, it will cover and hide those warp strings.

      Work in progress photo. Removing a woven wall hanging from the weaving loom. Bottom warp threads being cut and tied. thatcraftsite.com.
    4. Remove the first two sets of warp threads from the top bar of your loom. Tie a knot right above your weave.

      Work in progress photo. Tying knots in top warp threads to finish and remove your woven wall hanging from the weaving loom. thatcraftsite.com.
    5. Take the next two sets of warp threads and tie a knot. Continue all the way to the end.

      Close up of top of finished woven wall hanging. Showing the loops on top warp threads after being removed from the loom. thatcraftsite.com.
    6. From each knot, find the shortest loop of the two loops and guide your dowel rod through.

      Move the unused loops to the back. Using your weaving needle, tuck these loops in the back side, by weaving them down a few rows.

      Top of finished woven wall hanging with wood dowel rod. thatcraftsite.com.
    7. Make a braid from the same cotton yarn you used to set up your warp. Knot the ends of your braid tightly to the sides of your rod.

      Finished woven wall hanging on wood dowel with braided yarn to hang. thatcraftsite.com
    8. Trim your fringe. Cut it straight, diagonal, or round. Whatever pleases you.

      Close up photo of fringe on the bottom of the woven wall hanging being trimmed. thatcraftsite.com.


The time it takes to remove your weave from your loom is an estimate. Actual time depends on experience and the size of your weaving loom.

The back of your weave

When you are done weaving and have taken your wall hanging off the loom, it is easy to move on and forget to finish the back of your weave. But don’t skip this last step.

Turn your weave around and look at the back. See all those loose ends from starting and ending sections of your weft yarns? You want to secure all those tail ends so that they don’t unravel.

Use your tapestry needle to tuck your tails and hide them on the backside of the weave. You can weave them through exposed warp threads on the back, or pull the tails down through 2 or 3 back loops of the weft stitches. Just make sure that it’s not pulling the weft too much and create gaps in the front. 

When you have tucked in all your yarn tails, turn your weave around, take a moment to admire your work, and find it the perfect spot on your wall to hang!

Finished DIY pink and light blue woven wall hanging. Text overlay on image: How to make a woven wall hanging. Step by step tutorial from start to finish. thatcraftsite.com.

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