Sunday, November 20, 2016

DIY Wall Hanging

Hi Friends,
This past week, the San Francisco weather has offially moved from Summer to Winter. To me, that means cozying up with a classic Christmas movie, hot tea and a good crafting project. So today I'm sharing an easy DIY you can do in front of your fireplace(or your favorite Netflix series). Might I suggest The Crown, for a welcome escape from this Nation's politics? You may remember the wall hanging from this recent post:
I made that first wall hanging with some random yarn I had stored away. But when I realized how simple and gratifying this DIY was, I decided to go out and buy some fun yarn colors to make more.
Here's a list of all the supplies you need for this DIY:
-about 3 colors of yarn
-a 3/4 inch wooden dowel(24" long for the large version, 12" long for the small version)
-rotary cutter
-cutting mat(or some thick cardboard)
I decided to stain the wooden dowels with a medium walnut stain, but you can also leave them natural. Next, you're going to spend some time cutting yarn. I cut yarn pieces about 60" long for the larger wall hanging, and about 30" long for the smaller wall hanging. I just cut a bunch or varying colors(about 30) before I began stringing them on the dowel. To attach the yarn, you simply fold one piece in half and place the folded loop behind the dowel:
Then, bring the two ends of the yarn through that loop and pull to tighten:
There must be a name for this simple knot; it's my favorite. Anyone know what it is?
Repeat this routine with as much yarn as you like, in a pattern of your choosing. When you are happy with the design, lay the ends of the yarn on a cutting mat or thick piece of cardboard. Decide what shape you want on the bottom of your wall hanging. I used a rotary cutter and a ruler to easily cut the yarn in a straight line.
Finally, simple tie a piece of string or yarn on both ends of the dowel for easy hanging.
Try this DIY project if you've been eyeing the macrame, weaving craze but aren't sure that you want to commit to it. I'm taking a weaving class at Workshop with my sister at the end of the month to see how I enjoy it. Anyone else have a crafting class they recommend?