I have historically categorized any type of wall art into categories like: “later,” “unnecessary,” and “not now.” When it comes to budgeting my time, money, and decision-making capacity, I can never commit. Even if it’s something cheap and small.
My homes throughout the years have suffered from a sad lack of art and decor. It stems from my minimalist and frugal tendencies, but another part comes from the side of me that is loathe to pull any type of trigger.
In my mind, it goes something like this, “If I buy this piece unframed, I can save money by getting it framed locally. But where would I do that? I’d have to research this. How much money would I really save? God, this is turning into a lot of work…” And the dialogue goes on until I decide I have other things I need to focus on. So I table this discussion another few months only to start it over.
I’m working on it. I really want art in my house. Until that happens, I’ll continue to supplement my bare walls with interesting shelves, statement walls, and the few plants that manage to stay alive.
I’ve seen a few of these yarn wall pieces floating around pinterest, and I thought, “why not?” I needed a reason to visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio by Union Square. I was pleased to find the quality of yarn was much higher than I expected and the prices were on the low side, which is a relief if you know what it’s like to try to find reasonably priced yarn in NYC.
I settled on these three colors.
The gem of this batch was the light yarn with the gold leaf, which stays attached to the yarn quite well.
I was so thrilled when I found it, when I took it home to Ryan, I showed him with pride, exclaiming how it matches our gold and white theme in the house.
To which he replied, “I didn’t know we had a gold and white theme.”
Doing a face-palm never felt more appropriate.
Hanging Wall Art Supplies
-3 different types of yarn. You won’t use a whole skein, so this is a good project for leftover yarn.
-2 two-feet wooden dowels
-Copper wire or twine for hanging
This project is pretty simple and fast. You’ll want to prep the yarn by cutting it into a lot of equal-length strings.
Grab the bottom dowel, and taking the cut yarn, loop some knots working left to right. Continue making knots to the width that you prefer. I stopped in the middle to change colors, making sure the outer colors had the same amount of knots to keep the symmetry.
Once you’ve completed the bottom row, do the same with the top row. I wanted my top row of yarn to have a smaller width, so I did fewer knots. Then I secured the two dowels together by tying them together with copper wire. You can also use string or twine for this step.
Once they were attached, I took the scissors to it to try to even out the shape. It turned out nicely.
One of these days, I’ll get around to creating my own weaving to display on the wall. I’ve even taken a loom weaving class! But in the meantime, this piece adds a bit of texture and color to the room.