Heather found a tutorial online for making a woven picture, but the instructions weren't in English, so we had to figure it out ourselves with some trial and error. We'll share what we learned with you here!

Michelle sourced our supplies:

  • picture frame (can be painted or not, needs to be able to receive a nail, so no plastics) - we used 5x7
  • hammer
  • 3/4 inch 18 gauge nails (probably doesn't need to be exact same)
  • something to measure with if you want precision
  • twine/string for warp
  • yarn for weaving
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

1. We put 19 nails across each 5" side on the back of our 5x7 frames, evenly spaced, taking into account the picture hole on the front will be all that's visible. There's no need to go all the way across the back with nails, just where the hole is.

Here's what happens if you don't have enough nails across the back: there wasn't enough warp to help this heart keep its shape. The warp also wasn't tight enough for the heart.


2. Tie the twine around one of the corner nails very tightly, then wrap the twine around your nails as shown to create your weaving board. When you get to the last nail, wrap your string around that nail and the nail next to it in a figure eight. Pull tight, and tie a knot.

3. Be creative! Cut a length of yarn and begin weaving. Be careful to keep your lines straight if that's the look you want to achieve. You can cover the hole picture or you can do as little as you want. To do shapes like the heart, you may need to work up one side of a shape at a time.

4. Weave in your ends, cut remaining yarn on the back side.

5. Hang!

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