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As most of us probably know already, there’s a lot of different reasons to start a DIY project. In fact, most of us have probably started different projects for totally different reasons. I’ve been thinking about some of the reasons why I love making different things and the reasons behind some of my own projects lately, because this month’s project struck me as being different. Of course, much of the reason for me to engage in any handmade project is to express my own inner creativity and point... of view. Sometimes I do projects just to have something to do with my hands. And I totally love the feeling of seeing a finished project and knowing that I made it myself. But then there are times when I see something so beautiful, and that I love so much, that I want to see if I can make something just as beautiful myself. This project is one of those times.
I’ve admired woven wall art for quite some time. This might be a bit of an understatement. Actually, I have been known to spend hours scrolling through Pinterest feeds, ogling over all types of woven pieces in various patterns and colors, and from all different parts of the world. I love how universal weaving is; how just about every culture that’s ever existed eventually developed some form of it, and how over time this purely functional process became a work of art, a kind of expression and even a form of prayer. As decorating accents for the home, woven pieces are incredibly versatile. They can be simple or intricate depending on your style. They can even be both, if you find a piece that combines a simple weaving technique with intricate patterns or a complex and varied color palette. No matter what style appeals to you, these gorgeous wall hangings can add pop of color and texture as well as an interesting, handmade design element to your space.
Here’s where we run into the one reason for DIYing that I haven’t mentioned yet — it’s often much less expensive to make something yourself than to purchase the finished product. This is as true for woven art as it is for most other things. The larger pieces can tend to get a little pricey so I’ve been keeping my love of weavings on hold until a sale became conveniently available. Fortunately for me though, our friends at Isaac Mizrahi were kind enough to send over a sample of the designer's new collection of craft yarn sold exclusively at Michaels. The timing was perfect because as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to make. The beautiful colors and amazingly soft feel of the yarn was sure to provide the right texture and volume for a weaving-inspired art piece.
Now, this is not always the case, but when it comes to weaving, I’m sort of a traditionalist. Not that there aren’t a huge number of ways to do this, but I always wanted to try my hand at doing things the really old-fashioned way — with an actual loom. At first, I was really excited to begin researching looms and different methods of weaving. I found a lot of great information, but I also found myself getting discouraged by the amount of time it would take to weave a piece, and the added expense of buying a new loom. Honestly, this is not as unusual as I’d like it be. I get very excited to try new crafting techniques but with a busy schedule I knew that I would start off full of great, heartfelt enthusiasm but then probably not have the time to complete the project once life, work and other non-craft centered concerns began to enter the picture as, sooner or later, they always do. So, with that in mind, I began thinking of ways to simplify the process of making a woven wall hanging and after seeing this image I knew exactly how I would proceed with my version of this DIY. This turned out to be even more exciting, because now I can share, not only my wonderful weaving-inspired art project, but also my personal method for making the whole thing faster and easier, if not quite so traditional.
Continue reading to get a step-by-step guide on how you can make a simple, weaving-inspired, yarn wall hanging in just a few easy steps.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Gather Your Supplies
Below is a list of the items you’ll need for this project:
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- Isaac Mizrahi Craft Yarn
- Gold macrame hoops
- Masking tape (not pictured)
- Picture hook for hanging (not pictured)
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Cut The Yarn
Begin by cutting the yarn in strings of your desired length. You’ll be doing some tying with each of your stands so be sure to give them a decent amount of length. The strands that I cut for this project were approximately 26 inches long.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Form A Loop With The Yarn
Take a single string of yarn and fold it in half, forming a loop on one end. Place this loop under your large gold macrame ring.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Secure The Yarn To The Macrame Ring
Take the bottom ends of the same folded string and feed them over the large macrame hoop and through the loop. Pull tight to secure in placeContinue to 6 of 15 below.
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Tie A Faux Knot
Your first piece of yarn should now appear as it does in the picture above. It’s a faux knot!Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Repeat The Faux Knot
The next step is pretty easy. Just repeat Step 6 with each of your pieces of yarn until your design reaches your desired width and thickness. There’s really no rule to this part, so the best advice is to trust your eye and don’t be afraid to edit back if you feel like you’ve added too much. For this piece, I covered about one quarter of the diameter of the large gold hoop.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Add The Smaller Macrame Ring
This step is completely optional, but nevertheless, it is definitely one of my favorite accents to this piece. I love the mix of the organic and the ornate that comes with many traditionally woven art and textiles and I wanted this piece to feel like it had a bit of the same kind of intentionality in it’s design. To make that happen, I decided to attach a smaller macrame hoop to the larger one. If you decide to take this step with your own piece, you can choose to either center the ring or... offset it to one side as pictured.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Secure The Rings With Masking Tape
To keep the ring in place, I secured it to the larger one with a bit of masking tape. The gold helps it look less noticeable but feel free to use regular tape as well since we’ll cover it with yarn later. The addition of the second ring, and your choice of placement will help to create a unique look for your finished piece. If you’re interested in creating a gallery wall or layered effect with pieces throughout the room, you can also create multiple wall hangings and differentiate them by... placing the smaller ring in different positions.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Cover The Masking Tape With Yarn
Cut two pieces of yarn and position them as pictured with one strand parallel to the hoops and the other forming a loop similar to what we did in Step 4. Secure this piece just like we did in Step 4 by pulling the yarn through the loop.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Wrap The Macrame Hoop With Yarn
You'll now have 4 strings of yarn available to you. Grab a single stand from the piece that you used to make the loop and begin forming secure knots. Wrap the yarn over the hoop and bring the end under and through as pictured. Pull taut and then repeat the process a few times until you have covered the entire masking tape section.
Once you reach your desired length, you’ll want to secure the yarn by tying a knot using the other piece of yarn that sits parallel to the hoop. After that, repeat... these steps on the other side as well.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Make A Loop For Hanging
Once both ends have been knotted securely, gather all four strands of yarn and make a giant loop knot and trim the ends. This is the section that you’ll use to hang your completed artwork.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Trim The Yarn (Part 1)
At this point, you can leave the piece as is or decide to trim the yarn into a design. I chose to trim my piece and used a pencil as a straight edge to guide me with the angle. You can also use a ruler but really anything with a straight edge will do.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Trim The Yarn (Part 2)
Using your scissors, trim and shape the yarn to your desired style. I elected to trim mine into a V-shape for a simple yet eye-catching statement.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Take A Moment To Step Back And Admire Your Work
You’re all set to hang your piece. This is such a simple DIY and the possibilities are endless. To style the piece even further, you can add more yarn to the second hoop or even add tassels or gold beads to the hanging strands. There’s countless ways to customize the piece. Enjoy your beautiful handmade, weaving-inspired wall hanging!