Weaving Project – Handwoven Paper Wallhanging

A woven wall hanging project using recycled Christmas wrapping paper

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These paper wall hangings were woven using left over Christmas wrapping paper. This is a great way to recycle used paper.

paper wall hanging


Warp:
8/2 cotton

Length: 3 yards

# ends: 252

Width in reed: 14 inches

Sett: 18 epi

This project makes 2 wall hangings, approximately 30″ in length.
Weaving Draft:
Summer/Winter

Each pattern block is approximately 2 inches in width. (9 repeats)

Weft:
Pattern Shots – Christmas wrapping paper

Using a rotary cutter, I cut the paper into narrow strips approximately 3/8 inch wide x 24″ long.

8/2 Cotton

Use for the Tabby shots.

 
Edges
Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to start.

Using the summer/winter drawdown, weave the tabby picks with the 8/2 cotton.

For the pattern picks, lay a strip of the cut paper in the open shed. Close the shed and beat gently.

Weave the next tabby shot with the 8/2 cotton, and beat firmly.

Continue weaving, alternating with the 8/2 cotton and the paper. The Summer/Winter draft is very versatile and you can make the coloured blocks any size you wish. Use the coloured paper as a design element and experiment with the placement of the design for different colour and weave effects. Continue weaving for 30″. Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to complete the other edge of the wall hanging.
Finishing:
Cut the project off the loom and zig zag stitch the edges before cutting the 2 wall hangings apart. Fold over the edges and sew a straight seam to hem finish the edges.

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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi