Buy or DIY: Woven wall hangings

To say that woven wall hangings are everywhere would be an understatement. You can’t flick through Pinterest without running across at least a hundred of them.

I’m smitten. I’m fixing up my guest bedroom and the walls are looking kind of bare. These would suit the space perfectly. There is something exotic about them. Translation: you can easily pretend you picked one up on your travels through the Peruvian hills.

Problem is they cost the earth. Even on Etsy, you’re looking at at least €60 without shipping, which is frankly a lot for a few bits of thread.

Long story short, I want to DIY one, but I’m the world’s worst knitter. I could chronicle my knitting failures in a book, I have that many. I start. I lose interest. It looks like rubbish. Not to mention, all the DIY videos I’ve seen online for these wall hangings talk about weaving and looming and a bunch of other techniques I’ve never even heard of.


Hence my quandary. The most beautiful woven wool hangings are really intricate, creating a web of different colours and textures and I have no doubt that I won’t be able to do that. Still I’m so close to convincing myself to give it a try. I just need to get my hands on a loom.

Photo: A gorgeous weaving from Karen Kimmel’s LA home.

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