We catch up with stylish German blogger, Pia, author of website Creative Indigo. Pia studies Geoscience and in her spare time loves crafting, travelling and photography, as well as making her own natural beauty products. If you’re wanting something a bit more hands on, read ahead as Pia walks us through her DIY Latin American inspired woven wall art.
When I traveled through Guatemala I saw a lot of weaving going on in all the little villages around Lago de Atitlán. So I thought, why not make my own woven piece? This is my first weaving project, and I like the way it turned out. At first, I thought it could work as a table mat, but then I decided it’d be great to hang on a wall instead.
Here is what you will need:
- a piece of carton
- a needle
- some string to make the loom
- yarn in colours of your choice
First, take a piece of carton. Cut it into a square and also cut two little slits on opposing sides. Then take the string to make the loom. You can also fix the string in the slits for a more stable loom.
Get your loom and start with whatever coloured yarn you like. I used white, brown, beige and purple. Take the first piece of yarn and thread it around the needle. Continue with the needle under the first string and then tie it around, whilst at the same time, getting under the second string. Pull the yarn up a little to form a kind of knot. Continue with this, always putting the two strings together. It should work like this: go under two strings forward, then one string back.
When you reach the last string, weave it under and around, and then all around the back of the carton to the first string again. Then begin as before. If you run out of yarn or want another colour, just start with the next piece of string, tucking the last one under your piece.
It might seem a little confusing at first, but just try. Be patient. The result is well worth it. You can then frame your piece and hang it next to your other wall decorations, put it on a table under your plants, or simply hang it like I did by knotting one side to a branch and putting it on your wall.
Get crafty on Pia’s site creative indigo.