Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DIY Yarn Art

For quite some time now, I have been enamored with the art of weaving. I even started my first project on a diy cardboard loom (you can see my start here on Instagram) and then I just recently purchased my first wooden loom (This one- *affiliate link). I can't wait to dive in and try it. Even though the skill of weaving is time consuming, I find it relaxing and very enjoyable.

But...I also love instant gratification, so today, I have an easy project that takes all of fifteen minutes or so and gives the look and feel of textile art without all of the work.

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to add some bohemian style wall art to your home but don't know how to weave or can't afford it, this is a great alternative. This would also make a great craft for children to do. Mine are a little too young for the skills needed to loop and knot the yarn, although Hazel enjoyed helping me. I think elementary age children would really enjoy this.

The materials I used to make this mini wall hanging include:
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-Small wooden stick
-hemp cord or string for hanging
Since, I wanted to make this quickly and still had a small stick left over from this pumpkin project, I decided to make a small one.

I cut eight pieces of ivory yarn and four of the gray. I decided to cut all of the pieces roughly the same size to start (roughly 15" long). In hindsight, I could have made it easier by cutting double pieces about 1/2" - 1" longer than the previous until I got to the center gray ones, starting at about 10". So to break that down it would be as follows: Ivory: 2 - 10", 2 - 11", 2 - 12", 2 - 13"; Gray: 2 - 14", 2 - 15". If you wanted you could also add one more center piece at 16".
I started with the center gray pieces. Take each piece and fold it in half, then loop it over the stick and put the open end pieces through the bottom loop. Pull tight to "knot."
I didn't have a plan in mind when I started, which is why the gray is on the end in these photos. It was easy to move it, though, when I decided to do the center pieces in gray and the outside in ivory.
Just keep looping each piece over the stick and knot it in the pattern of your choosing. It's really that easy.
Since I hadn't measured mine accurately when cutting, the pieces were uneven at the end. To remedy this, I spread them on the table and used sharp scissors to cut them into the "V" shape for the bottom. Even if you measured them, you might need to clean it up a bit with scissors.
My under fifteen minute mini textile art was done! 
To hang it up, I added some white hemp twine by double knotting it on either end of the stick. And that's it! You could definitely take the time to cut more pieces at longer length to make a larger version, and it would still probably be no time at all before you had your own textile wall hanging!
I will be sure to share my own "real" weavings when I finally get one finished! It is definitely a pastime that I am loving. I even made a pinterest board dedicated to it!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy project and will pin and share if so!

Till next time...
~Alice W.

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