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anything like me, you've been eyeing those woven fiber wall hangings all over
Pinterest. They're stunning but boy do they cost a pretty penny. With the
holiday season here who has the extra money to spend on design accessories for
the house? Not me. I started looking at DIY wall hangings and this one immediately got my attention. I loved
the use of materials but I also wanted to make it feel individual. What I got
was something really neat, perfect for home or the office. It would even make an
excellent last minute holiday gift for someone!
you'll need to get started:
25 yards of
½"cotton piping(more or less depending on desired
size of wall hanging)
2copper pipesmeasuring ½" x 2' (or 1 pipe 4' or
longer, cut into 2 pieces measuring ½" x 2')
fabric dye (any brand will do, I usedDylon)
supplies needed depending on dye instructions
I cut the cotton piping into 19 individual strands measuring 36" long. I taped off the ends before I cut them so that they wouldn't fray but it's not necessary. You can cut longer or shorter strands depending on how big or small you'd like your wall hanging to be. Remember to take into consideration that you'll lose quite a bit of length with each knot you tie. The strands I cut started at 36" long and ended up being 19" long!
I secured all 19 strands of the cotton piping with a large rubber band before dyeing them. This is totally optional but it kept everything in place and made them easy to handle. I followed the instructions on the back of the dye packet with the exception of timing. Because I wanted an ombré effect, I submerged half of the cotton piping into the dye for about 2 minutes and then rinsed it out with cold water. I then put in the bottom 1/3" back into the dye and let it sit for an additional 45 minutes. I ended up with a subtle gradation of saturated color, which was exactly what I wanted. I let the newly dyed strands dry overnight.
day, I tied the first knot on the top copper bar and then the second knot on
the bottom bar, both approximately 3" from the ends with the bars spaced 3"
apart. (I followed Sarah's tutorial to tying each knot.) I slipped on a
copper coupling to the bottom of each strand of cotton piping and tied another
knot below it. Once that was done, I found it easiest to see the entire piece
up on the wall so I could make any last adjustments like cutting the ends and
leveling everything out.
said it turned out better than he expected and I have to agree. I'm not the
craftiest mom, so I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I wanted something that
felt sculptural and minimal but also had a lot of texture. I like how the
terra-cotta color of the ombré picks up the color of the copper pipes and couplings.
But what I love most about this project are all the different possibilities.
You can make an epic statement with a really large piece or make a tiny wall
hanging for a baby's nursery. Get creative and explore a variation of color,
maybe adding more knots, and playing with different lengths. The best part is
no two fiber wall hangings will ever be the same!