I recently came across a yarn wall hanging on Pinterest, and absolutely fell in love. As with many things that I believe sort of cosmically cross my path, I became instantly obsessed with the idea of creating one of these works of art. I know obsession seems like a strong word, but that really is the only way to describe it. It’s all very quick, you know. And it’s not crazy to think that it’s all kind of serendipitous. It was the same type of scenario that fueled me to make the Shakshuka. These wall hangings are clearly not some type of trendy new decoration, and while they never go out of style for bohemian interiors, I imagine that after the 70’s their popularity waned a bit. But I think it’s a safe bet to say they are resurfacing. Online retailer One Kings Lane introduced an artisnal line last summer, and they have profiled several weavers, also offering their works for sale. Anthropologie also recently sold wall hangings such as these. All Roads Design, a husband/wife creative team, has an amazing Tumblr showcasing many of their gorgeous creations, which are some of the very weavings sold at Anthropologie. Yarn wall hangings add such lovely texture to a space, and with cute shops like Purl Soho selling such gorgeous yarn- it’s hard to exercise restraint. I started an entire Pinterest board dedicated to yarn wall hangings to gather inspiration before I set out to make my own. I searched high and low for a tutorial, and after many exhuasted attempts not being able to find what I was looking for, I decided I was going to have to figure this one out myself. The only problem is…I don’t know how to mother effin weave. While I do want to attempt weaving at some point, (my husband just bought me a loom to try!) this DIY takes a much more simple route. Two words…rag rug. First let me show you a few of my favorites from Pinterest. (For source, click image)
When I got the wild hair up my ass that I absolutely had to have one of these, a rag rug was the first thing that came to mind. Luckily I had one lying around that had never been used, so I started with that. The rug I used is 2’x3′, though I folded it in half to make a smaller wall hanging. Originally I wanted to make a design directly on top of the rug, weaving my yarn through it, but I wasn’t thrilled with the way it was turning out. So, I made long tassels out of cream colored yarn, and fed them through to the back of the rug and tied it. I did this all along the bottom. Next I used Fabri-tac to glue on some hot pink, and black yarn strips directly to the rug. Then the most fun part of all. SEQUINS. I glued on an entire row of sequins, and then glued some “here” and “there”. I love the final look, it’s my Ode’ to a Moroccan wedding blanket. We just used a strip of wood in between the folded rug and nailed it directly into the wall, But you could hang it on a decorative dowel/hanger for the ease of moving it.
What I didn’t tell you, is that these photos were taken in my dining room! No more purple Ikat walls. Remember when I talked here about our dining room revamp? Well, It turned into a complete do-over. It’s not 100% finished, but I’m going to share the progress with you next week. It’s pretty delicious!