Wooden Moulding Wall Arrow

This is the tutorial that finally ended with me in the ER. Don't be scared away - it's not dangerous if you aren't a distracted clutz like me!

I have had a collection of wooden moulding since a guest post about a year ago. I loved the different designs but never knew what to do with it until I finally decided to experiment and put it on my wall. 

I tried

four different ways to distress the wood

- each one gives a unique, weathered look! There are some crazy methods that I tried but I'll post them at the beginning of next week so you can see for yourself. The moulding itself is only a dollar/yard at your nearest craft store! 

First, cut your painted moulding into 6 inch sections with a reflected 50 degree angle on one end so that they fit together in chevron shape.

This is the part where I thought I would get out the miter saw and quickly cut some wood. That's when I accidentally sawed through my hand, almost fainted, and ended up with four stitches in ER at 2am. Please don't follow me on that part of the tutorial!

My wonderful husband took pity on me after a few days and finished cutting the wood so that I could complete the project.

Cut some thick paper into a shape to fit on the back of the wood. You don't want it to be seen so make sure it doesn't extend past the wood on either side and paint it the color of the wall that you will be hanging this piece on.

Use some wood glue to attach each piece of wood on the thick paper. Make sure to line up the angled edges so that they look clean.

Turn the wood over and let it dry. Then use a few nails in between the moulding (I used a twisted moulding piece that made a few natural holes on the edges anyway so I slipped a nail through one or two and through the paper to hold it up against the wall).

DIY Weaving Loom from Picture Frame

Quick Update - I now have plans for you to make your own adjustable loom that is much better than the picture frame! I highly recommend you check it out :)

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My recent obsession with weaving has taken me to the far ends of the internet.

Every gem of information I find leads me to another question and helps me understand what I've learned earlier on. I love learning something new!

I mentioned in my last post that when the weaving fever first hit me I grabbed whatever I had lying around and went to work. If you have every wanted to start weaving without investing any money in the hobby, here's a quick tutorial for a simple loom!

Materials

  • Wooden picture frame - (optional) with particle board back

  • Nails or pins

  • Yarn or twine

  • Thin stick or ruler

I happened to have an empty, glassless frame waiting for an unknown project. It had a thin sheet of particle board stapled onto the back of it, but if you don't have this or want to take this step simply take the glass and back out of any wooden frame.

Because the edges of particle board act similar to a cork board I was able to use sewing pins and stick them evenly out of both sides of my 'loom'. If you are only using a wooden picture frame you can also nail small nails out of the top and bottom.

When your 'pegs' (pins or nails) are in place grab some string, and make a small knot on the first pin to hold it in place. Then run it back and forth from peg to peg until each peg has an end wrapped around it. Knot the end of the string to hold it in place.

In weaving there are ways of cheating. They make it much easier to run the string back and forth so that the process is faster. One of these ways is by sliding a straight piece of wood (a ruler will work!) through every other string, at least one direction. 

Now your loom is all set! Grab an assortment of string/yarn/rope/twine and start weaving back and forth. There are so many weaving stitches - I still need to learn a lot of them!

Tapestry Weaving

Just when I think I've reached my limit of things-I-want-to-learn, I find a new skill.

And...

I can't focus on anything else until I try it out for myself. 

This happened to me Saturday night. I was flipping through Pinterest when one link led me to another and I found myself at the doors of Miss 

Maryanne Moodie

. OhMyGoodness. 

I spent the next half of a day searching for something...anything...that would teach me how to make a woven tapestry of my own. The entire internet let me down, save for one sweet old lady who had a few views on Youtube.

It might sound crazy, but when I can't find any tutorials for a project online, it makes me want to learn how to do it even more. The internet is saturated these days with DIYs and I'm sure you'll agree that it is so hard to find a project that hasn't been done and redone a thousand times.

After my failed attempts at finding some simple instructions on how to start weaving, I realized it was time to stop wondering and time to start doing. I rummaged through my crochet bag to grab whatever yarn I could find, quickly made a makeshift loom from the only wooden frame around and just STARTED.

Believe me, there were plenty of stitches I had to pull out and lots of lessons that I learned for next time, but in the end I was proud of the little tapestry I had made. 

Now I know why the few artists that sell these pieces charge so much! They take a mixture of creativity, patience, lots of time... and after a while they really make your eyes hurt. (But maybe that's just the allergies.)

If you want to learn how to make an easy loom for this basic weave check back soon. In the meantime I will be practicing!