Last week Elizabeth shared how to create a healthier home for a healthier mind, it reminded me how crafting something yourself for your home can be so satisfying and it has been a while since we had a craft post! So this week I invited Victoria from Owl and Accordion, whose crafts always seem so bang on trend and beautiful, to share her tutorial for a macrame style wallhanging.
If you’ve got a plain wall that needs a bit of colour or pattern but you just can’t find that perfect print, don’t worry – there are plenty of great DIY options around for brightening things up. Wallhangings are hugely popular at the moment, and there are so many different styles to choose from; woven yarn, printed fabric with fringing, crocheted, knitted…. and if you’re into crafting, you can easily make your own. Today, we’ve got a tutorial for a super simple DIY macrame style version that you could easily make one rainy afternoon.
You will need:
Chunky cotton yarn in your chosen colours (we used DMC Natura XL in shades N09 and N52)
A piece of dowel
Three large wooden beads and two slightly smaller (you can find these for a few pounds on eBay)
Copper spray paint
A yarn needle
1. Cut a length of dowel 30cm wide, and gently sand away any rough edges.
2. In a well ventilated area, spray your piece of dowel and two of the large wooden beads.
3. While the paint is drying, cut twelve pieces of grey yarn and three pieces of pink yarn, each 2m in length.
4. Once the paint is dry (it’s a good idea to leave it for 24 hours, just to make sure), lay your dowel on a flat surface and take your first piece of grey yarn. Fold it in half, then wrap the looped end over the dowel and pull the two ends through to create a knot. Repeat this process for another two pieces of grey yarn and then the pink, then carry on until you run out of yarn and all of the lengths are attached.
5. To create the first row of knots, gather your yarn together roughly 8cm from the dowel in groups of three, and tie a knot. Repeat along for the rest of the strands. This should leave you with five knots, each with tails of six strands of yarn.
6. To create the second row, separate the first six strands in half, threading one of your smaller plain beads onto the first three. Then take the remaining three strands, and knot them together with the first three strands from the next group. Repeat until you reach the last three, then thread on another small bead.
7. For the last row, simply repeat step five – you’ll find you end up with another row of knots in exactly the same place as the first row.
8. Push your three larger beads onto alternating groups of yarn, then trim the ends and hang up!