Weaving is a traditional form of craft that involves threading yarn, wool and other fibres through a wooden loom. Weaving can be used to create rugs, pillow cases, jewellery and also contemporary wall-hangings that have become a popular form of wall art over the last decade. For this project, we’ve switched our wooden loom and yarn for cardstock and charms to create a modern and stylish wall-hanging with paper, perfect for adding Scandinavian-inspired decoration to your walls.
1. Begin by making a paper loom to weave your paper through. To do this, take a piece of cardstock in a neutral colour (we’ve chosen white), and using a craft knife and ruler, carefully score vertical lines down the length of your cardstock, leaving a 3cm gap between each line, and a 2cm gap between the top and bottom of your paper.
2. Cut strips of cardstock in the colour of your choice, varying in lengths and widths to make your weave more textured and varied. Weave in and out of the score lines to form a geometric pattern. Don’t be afraid to be random and creative with the paper! For sections of added texture, weave several different colours together for a chunkier and more interesting row. Once happy with the placement of the paper, fix the pieces down with double-sided tape.
3. For added shimmer and detail throughout our weave, add Papermania Modern Lustre Charms between the rows of paper using Papermania Bare Basic Natural Jute. Simply thread your charms onto the jute, and weave in and out of the lines as you have done with your paper strips.
4. To create pennant shaped paper tassels at the bottom of your weave, take your craft knife and ruler and score four horizontal lines along the bottom of your loom. Weave paper through these, adhere the ends with double-sided tape and stick a charm on top. Use your scissors to carefully snip into the side of the tassels. You could also weave in lengths of jute with the charms for further embellishment.
Project and how-to instructions by Lucy Scott.