Though there are few things more perfect than a sunny summer beach day, we’ve long been ready for the cooler (read: less sweaty) weather. Right now, we’re in the middle of changing over our wardrobes, our decor, and even the craft projects on our want-to-try lists in anticipation of the coming winter. The one technique that’s been topping that list has been weaving, which has surprisingly risen in popularity. While we have seen handcrafted textiles and macrame wall hangings trend in the decor realm, the appeal of woven textures in the fall and winter is obvious — it’s all about getting cozy.
Whether you’re new to looms or are an experienced weaver looking for new projects (like these fringed pillows from A Beautiful Mess), here are just a few crafty ideas that will bring comfy-cozy texture into your home.
Kate of The Weaving Loom is an expert in her craft — but her super-simple woven basket tutorial can be done by a novice. (You simply weave yarn through a pre-made wire basket.) Though easy, the project introduces you to the basic concept along with three different-sized yarns to get a feel for the materials that can be used for other projects.
Tan of Squirrelly Minds takes the same concept of using a pre-made wire basket as the starting point of a weaving project one step further by completely covering said basket to create a hanging plant holder. The chunky yarn used in this project reminds us of a favorite fall sweater.
You don’t have to use a pre-made form to start a basic weaving project. Teri of The Lovely Drawer made this cute little plant pot from thin wire and a plastic water bottle, then wove thick wool in two contrasting colors.
Spanish DIY blog Fábrica de Imaginación shows the process of making a pendant form out of two wire lampshades, then weaving embroidery floss to finish the midcentury-inspired hanging light. You’ll need to translate the instructions, but the photos are clear enough to follow the process.
Though designer Lisa Tilse of We Are Scout designed this woven wreath for Christmas, it could be used as a wall-hanging year round without looking like you forgot to take down your holiday decorations. The wreath form is very easy to create using two metal craft hoops.
An embroidery hoop is also the start of this Japanese-style woven trivet from Mary’s Making. Keep this idea in mind for the holidays —it would make a great accompaniment to a gift of local coffee beans or a new pour-over system for your favorite caffeine addict.
Ready to try out loom weaving? Designer Gina Michele offers one of the simplest ways to get acquainted with the technique through her tutorial for creating mini coasters. You don’t even need to buy a loom —she made a small one herself with nails and scrap wood.
Make your loom a little bigger and you can make interesting textured table accessories, like this modern placemat by Francesca Stone seen on Design*Sponge. Though it looks complicated, the tutorial for creating the triangular pattern is easier than you’d think.
Go even bigger with your DIY loom and you can make a woven bathmat like this one from A Beautiful Mess. You’ll also get acquainted with another technique that’s simple yet addictive: Finger knitting!
Going even bigger with your loom means you can make an actual throw rug, like the colorful rug by Rachel Denbrow from her book DIY Woven Art, via Poppytalk. Of course, this project’s for more advanced weavers, but it’s still fun to look at the photos and watch the rug come together if you’re not quite at that level yet.
The fringed pillows shown here (and at the top of the story) from A Beautiful Mess are also for a more advanced weaver who has a standing loom.
Though this woven pillow from A Pretty Fix is also for the intermediate-to-advanced weaver, it can be made using a DIY loom.
For maximum coziness, you really can’t beat the dramatic large-scale woven hanging art made by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch. You won’t need a loom (you’ll be weaving through a chicken wire base), but you do need some familiarity with weaving techniques…and some patience. However, we think it’s definitely worth the effort!