I’m loving all the woven wall art that keeps popping up on my Pinterest feed. Strange how things come back into fashion. A few years back it was seen as dated and too “fuddy-duddy,” but that sure has changed. And there’s no shortage of weaving tutorials that show you how to make your own. I especially enjoy the ones that Jelica from A Pretty Fix shares. I’ve learned so much and thought I’d challenge myself and make this faux twig heart loom.
It’s a great way to recycle old sheets or any other fabric remnants you may have, and you don’t need to buy a loom either 😉
What You Need To Make a Twig Heart Loom
I would have loved to use real twigs to make the heart loom, but we don’t have any trees with bendable, flexible branches in the garden. If you’re lucky enough to have a willow nearby, you can use real branches instead. The length of the twigs or branches will determine how big your heart will be. You’ll also need:
- Jewelry wire
- Wire cutters
- Fishing line or yarn for the warp
The only faux twigs I could find had these little buds all over them. They didn’t quite fit with the look I was going for, but they were easy enough to pull off.
Making The Twig Loom
Split the twigs into two equal sized bunches. Bend the tops and join the points tightly using jewelry wire.
Attach a few more twigs with wire to create a fuller shape if you need to. When you’re happy, gather the bottom ends of the twigs together to form a heart and tie them with another piece of jewelry wire.
Adding The Warp to The Twig Loom
I used fishing line to create the warp, but string or yarn will work too. Tie the fishing line to the bottom V of the heart and then secure it to the middle top. Make sure the fishing line is tight enough, but not too tight else you’ll end up with a wonky heart 😀 Add more warps in the same way to the left and right of the first warp, by tying the fishing line to branches. If you find that the fishing line keeps moving use a little glue to stick them down onto the twigs. The warp should be about 2,5 cm (1″) apart. Don’t worry too much if your warp threads aren’t evenly spaced; the most important thing is to keep the fishing line as tight as possible, without pulling the heart out of shape.
Weaving the Fabric Heart
Rip an old sheet or fabric remnants into strips that are about 4 cm (1.5”) wide. They don’t have to be precisely the same size. If you want a neater heart, you can cut the strips instead of ripping them.
Start at the bottom of the heart shape and tie a fabric strip to the fishing line. Weave the fabric (or weft) over the first warp thread (the fishing line). Change direction and weave the fabric under the warp thread. Repeat as you move up the heart, alternating the weave. So if you went under the fishing line on the previous row, you’d go over the fishing line when you come back. I’m hoping this piccy below will make it a little clearer. The lighter brown represents the fishing line, and the darker brown would be the fabric.
Don’t worry too much if the fabric strips twist and turn while you’re weaving. It adds to the look.
If you find that the gap between the woven fabric and the twigs is too large, weave the fabric into the twigs before continuing with the next row.
When you run out of a fabric strip, simply add a new strip by tying it onto one of the warps and carry on weaving.
Once the whole heart has been filled, tuck any tail bits into the back of the heart to neaten things up.
I love the rough texture of the twigs next to the fabric. It creates such a lovely contrast between the frayed edges of the old sheet and the faux, lumpy bark.
And the best part is you don’t have to worry about taking the weave off the loom when you’re done 😀
I would love to know what you think of the twig heart loom. Is it something you would make for your home?
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Until next time, I hope you have a beautiful, creative week. Sending love as always