DIY Fiber Art


So I’ve seen some fabulous yarn wall hangings on Pinterest, and I developed a major fiber crush on the whole look. So when I found this tutorial I had to make my own.


I had the yarn already, but with only one skein of gray and a skein and a half of the thick cream wool, it wasn’t enough for any knitting projects.

I wound twenty long strands back and forth between my hands and then doubled them up to make these thick bundles. The small aqua bundles are ten strands each. I basically looped it over my thumbs and wound it to make big loops that I cut after I’d tied them to the branch. I did it this way because I didn’t have anything large enough to wind the yarn around and my hanging is a much larger scale than the one she made in the tutorial.

My branch is 37″ long, and the longest bundle of yarn is 26″ inches from the branch. I wound that one almost as long as I could reach, so that bundle was about 60″ or so when I wound it.


The embroidery hoop is 12″. I just wove some yarn back and forth, wrapping it several times around the hoop each time. Then I added the three pom-poms to fill it out. Here’s an easy tutorial for how to make them on your hand, or you can purchase a pom-pom maker.

The whole thing is hung on a 12″ dowel because I needed something long to sit on the metal hanger.

This gallery system can be found here.

The photo board is a frame I found at Turnip Green Creative Reuse, a fabulous resource for artists and creatives here in Nashville. I wrapped it in burlap strips and stapled them to the back. Then I zig-zagged jute twine, stapling it as well. I didn’t draw a pattern I just kept going until I liked what I had.

I used bulldog clips (and will replace the mini clothespins with bulldog clips as soon as my new box arrives) to put up some art prints, and added coffee filter flowers made from this tutorial, and some pom-poms.

Folks, I might need an intervention. I can’t stop making pom-poms and coffee filter flowers.

And the third and final piece. I needed something narrower for this space and I remembered these two frames. Once upon I time I did professional photography and I was making a photo wall for a client. The frame company sent me these two without glass and backing, so I called and they sent me completes replacement frames. I liked these but I never knew what to do with them.

That was seven years ago. They are a rare exemption from my if I-don’t-use-it-in-a-year, it goes rule. I just knew I’d find a use for them.

I had some leftover hardware cloth outside, also about seven years old. I stapled it the back of the frames and connected the frames with a wide grosgrain ribbon.

I then covered all the staples and edges of the hardware cloth with wide masking tape, several layers thick so they wouldn’t mark the wall.

The “H” is just gray yarn woven around to fill the chosen squares up with yarn. I did use a yarn needle to make things easier but you could wrap the end of the yarn with a bit of masking tape too.


The heart is made up of coffee filters. I twisted each one and inserted it through each square. I poked all of them through until I got the desired design, then I trimmed off most of what was poking through the back  and applied masking tape to the stubs to keep them together. Then fluffed the filters and I was ready to hang!

I added a tight length of jute twine to hang the top picture from the gallery system, and used a single command picture strip on the bottom of the lower frame to stablise it and keep both pieces level.

Staining with tea and vinegar

Some of you have asked how I did the staining on the shelf and mason jar organizer in my office. It’s super easy. You just need black tea, apple cider vinegar or white vinegar, and super fine steel wool (the finer the grade, the faster it dissolves in the vinegar. I only had the regular household grade 0 so I used that. Anything steel will work if left long enough). 

Step one: with gloves on, shred the steel wool up and place in a jar. Cover with vinegar. Let soak. 

Place 3-4 tea bags in a jar. Steep for several hours or overnight. 

I only waited about 12 hours before using my respective brews, but I left the steel wool in vinegar for over a month now and I’m going to stain something soon and see what the difference is! 

 
I used apple cider vinegar because I had some imitation stuff I wanted to get rid of. You can see the steel wool isn’t very dissolved. Scroll to the end to see what it looks like after sitting for two months!

Step two: paint the tea on your board and let dry at least an hour. I didn’t take a picture as I was too excited to go straight to the vinegar part. The tea will darken the board a little bit, but it’s the oxidation that occurs with the addition of the steel-infused vinegar that gives it the already aged look. 

Step three: after tea has dried, paint vinegar on. Be careful of where this drips! I stained my utility sink too. Whoops! 

  

Don’t neglect the ends! They got darker because the cut end absorbs the tea and vinegar more.    

 Finished! 
  
Jar of vinegar and steel two months later… I have a feeling it will produce a darker stain! I just need a project… 

Now go forth and stain something! Post pics in comments if you do :-)

 

Mommy’s sacred space

Once upon a time my bedroom always got last dibs on energy. Piles of clean, yet unfolded laundry dominated the scene, dressers piled high with everything from mail to books to children’s toys. The bed was never made. If company was coming and I wanted to pretend my hallway was all clean, I would just shove any tubs or anything into my room and lock the door.

But grown-ups and especially parents sometimes get little enough good sleep as it is. The time we spend in our rooms should be tranquil and relaxing, setting the stage for good sleep.

Also, I need a beautiful space for time-outs. Mommy time-outs that is.

Enter the bedroom makeover! I confess I never remember before pics, one day I will… Maybe.

Anyway, here it is, “mommy’s sacred space” also known as “mommy’s secret space” to Eli, lol! But I’ve explained how it’s important to me that this room stay this way, and he seems up understand. Plus he loves it too.

Quilt is the Threshold Raw Edged Quilt

Shams are tailored euro sham

Euro inserts

 The photo web is fifteen nails in the wall with jute twine wound around them. I drew a diagram first, and planned the rough shape and direction of the twine so I didn’t double back anywhere. I didn’t stick with it completely but it gave me a sense of direction. I figured out the overall size and put painters tape around the perimeter of the space I wanted to fill with the web.
Prints are from Artifact Uprising, ordered via their iPhone app. They are secured to the web with bulldog clips.

“I know” print from Herofied.

Anniversary date sign made from tea and vinegar stained wood and vinyl letters.

Wedding pics board was a ribbon photo board I was tired of so I stapled a heavy cotton fabric over it and made a new hanger from jute twine.

Vase frame made from repurposed and painted frame, beer bottles, jute twine, and the ribbon was the one tied around the quilt when it came.

Spaceship blueprints from Quantum Prints on Etsy. I “framed” them with a pre-cut mat and brown paper craft tape. Clipped them with a bulldog clip and hung with a small nail.

 Dresser is covered with a table runner. Box is vintage toolbox (complete with vintage tools inside!) from a church rummage sale. Glass canisters are simply filled with small white rocks and reindeer moss leftover from my airplant project.