I have so much to share with you guys about my trip to SLC for SNAP! Conference and all of the projects for Blake's Boho and Beachy Bedroom Makeover so I am going to do my best to dive right in and not take 6 months to get everything published! Wish me luck! Ps. We have some kinks to work on the Community Pages, but we are so close to having them up and running and I can't wait! It's been a bit of a time suck for the last few days and I will be glad to finish it off!
One of the most impactful projects I did for Blake's room was by far the DIY vintage inspired yarn and fiber art wall hanging and as luck would have it, it was also one of the easiest. From start to finish this project took no more than 30 minutes. Of course for me this was spread over a day and that is with no less than 1 million stop and starts for babies and diapers and morning reads and school, and still super easy!
Here is what you will need:
- – 3/4″ Dowel at 30″ (you could use copper pipe or any other type of pipe as well)
You will be working with 4 different fibers for this particular project. They can all be the same type just different colors if you prefer or they can be entirely different, this is just a matter of preference. Cut your main fiber (this will be the central fiber that hangs down the longest in the middle – mine is black in the image above) into at least 30 strands that are each about 6 feet in length. Cut your secondary fiber (this will be the color that sits on the outsides and is the second longest – mine is a dark navy in the image above) into 40 or 50 strands that are about 5 feet in length. Cut your main overlay fiber (this will be the central fiber that overhangs the main fiber – mine is gray in the image above) into 30 strands that are about 4 feet in length. And finally, cut your secondary overlay fiber (this is the overlay fiber that hangs on the outsides – mine is blue in the image above) into 40 or 50 strands that are about 16 inches in length.
Tie one of your Main Fibers to your dowel rod so that you can hang your project to work if you need to. If you are using nylon cord as a main fiber, you will want to melt the ends of your cord with a lighter or cover in candle wax to keep them from fraying. I talk about that a bit more in my Easy DIY Macrame Hanging Planter project if you would like more details on this step! Be sure to leave your knot loose enough to slide around as needed so you can adjust the width of your working area.
To begin attaching your fibers and cords to your dowel you will need to fold them over so that one side is longer than the other like you see in the image here. For the fibers that are 6 feet in length you will want one side to be about 4 feet and the other about 2, or 3 1/2 feet and 2 1/2 feet give or take. The irregularity will help your fiber wall hanging look woven and authentic!
To attach your cord and yarn to the dowel rod, slide the loop from your folded length of cord or yarn from the previous step up behind the rod and fold it over the top, then pull the loose ends through.
Once you have a pretty decent section of your cord strung it should begin to look like the image you see here. When you feel like it's full enough and wide enough, you can begin working on the next color which will be attached on either side of this main section and will be your secondary fiber. The length will be a bit shorter and you will still fold it as you did this main fiber with one end shorter than the other! Texture baby, it's all about the texture!
I won't bother showing you how to work the secondary fiber sections, they are going to be exactly the same as the main only they sit on the outside of the main section, duh… So, let's chat about how you handle the overlay fibers…
Well my friends it's mind blowing and exactly the same only you will put those babies right over the top of the main and secondary rows! So, this can be a bit tricky for the fingers to figure out, but it's really pretty simple. Just fold, loop, wrap, and pull only it will be layered right over the top. Fill your overlay rows in nice and full and thick so you don't see any bald spots. No one likes bald spots in a fiber wall hanging, it just looks weird.
The first overlay section you do will be the middle overlay section and it's the third longest length of fiber you are working with for this project. It will essentially hang over the main section and can overlap the secondary section just a bit if you like, or the opposite of that and can go not quite to the end of the main fiber section below it.
Your main and secondary overlay rows will look like this when you finish them. Nice and full and thick! You can see in the second image above that I did not go all the way to the end with my secondary overlay . That darker navy color you see is actually my secondary row from below!