What to do with leftover yarn: wool tapestry

Today we want to teach you how to make this special tapestry so that you decorate the most special space of your house. It’s full of fringe! Its texture will catch the eye of anyone who sees it, and you can have it ready in a few hours using only leftovers of your WAK wool.


– To make this tapestry you will need a loom. You can buy a loom like the one in the photo or you can make one using a large piece of cardboard or wooden slats. It can be whatever size you like, as long as it can hold the yarn to weave the tapestry.

– Leftover wool and cotton from your knitting kits. You’ll need some bulky wool, a little bit of worsted weight wool, and some lengths of cotton in the colors you like best.

– Wooden dowel to hold the tapestry and hang it when you’ve finished. If you have a chance, a thin branch also looks great on this project 🙂


Place the thread in the spaces of your loom, using the Pima cotton. Tie a knot in the first space of the loom and then pass the thread through all the spaces, from left to right.

This is the most important part of our tapestry, the warp, which is just the threads on which we will place the wool that will shape the tapestry. If the warp isn’t tight, the tapestry will not retain its final shape once we take it off the loom. So, tighten the thread!

When you have reached the other end of the loom, attach the thread to the wood using tape.

Using the bulky yarn, cut small strips of similar size, but not exactly the same (this will give depth to the tapestry).

Fold them in half and place them in the tapestry as you see in the photos above. Starting at the bottom of the loom, and over two threads of the base, insert the ends of the wool strand along the sides and underneath, and pull them through the center, through the loop of the fringe. Then gently pull the fringe to tighten.

Repeat the same process along the entire base of the tapestry, always working in groups of two threads of the base and alternating the order of the threads in each row, so that it’s a good thickness. You will need to cut many strands of bulky wool!

To add more interest to the tapestry, we will create geometric shapes in a completely different texture to that of the fringe. For this, we will use fine wool and we will work on the base threads of the loom, passing the wool above and below the next thread.

Work making short rows and give it the shape you like on this part of the tapestry. It doesn’t matter if there are gaps, we will fill them in later.

When you have finished with the flat part of the carpet, start again with the fringe. Add yarn around the geometric shape, making sure that the strands don’t cover the design. It’s better to go slowly and carefully.

Once we have advanced with the tapestry, we’ll continue to add flat woven shapes to create more contrast (depending on the size of your tapestry you can add more or less).

Always remember to fill the spaces around the flat fringed pieces of bulky yarn.

Continue adding fringe until you’ve completed the tapestry. Work your way up to the top until you reach the end.

Now that you’ve finished, it’s time to take it off the loom!

Take the dowel and insert it through the top threads of the tapestry, alternately (look at the photo above).

Then cut a long strand of bulky wool and place it between the dowel and the last woven row of the tapestry. It will act as a stopper between one area and another. We’re almost finished 😛

Finally, free the thread from the end of the tapestry, very carefully, and tie it to the thread that is closest to it, it will surround the dowel.

Bit by bit, release the threads of the warp of the loom, until they all are only on the dowel.

Turn the tapestry over and finish off all the loose threads of the flat woven areas.

Just place a strand of thread at the ends so you can hang it! Show off your tapestry and place it in a clearly visible place!