A few weeks ago, I had never considered delving into the world of yarns, rug hooking, and weaving, but now I’m definitely becoming addicted. This is my second wall hanging (backstory on the first can be found here) and I don’t think it will be my last!
I’m not going to lie: this is a fairly involved and time-intensive DIY, but you may find yourself just as hooked (oh what a wicked pun!) as I did if you try it!
If you feel inspired to recreate my design step by step (for personal use of course), please feel free! But the beauty of this craft is how infinitely imaginative you can be – change colors, change textures, change shapes, and suddenly you have a whole new work of art.
Step 1: Make a design plan.
I collected yarn from a few craft store visits and raided my secret stash, choosing colors that I thought would complement each other and work well in my home.
Then, I created a blank canvas in my photo editing program and began to doodle using the various yarn colors I had selected. I used Photoshop Elements, but seriously – you don’t need anything more involved than Paint for this, and you could do the same with a piece of paper and some markers. Try out different shapes, color arrangements, and combinations until you settle on a design you are happy with.
Step 2: Prepare the backing for your wall hanging.
Many wall hangings are made by weaving, but I decided to make mine on a rug canvas backing and using latch hooking techniques. (Although now I want to try weaving one next!).
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Decide on your dimensions and cut the canvas. I made mine 24” by 15”.
Then I followed my little Photoshop design plan and used a sharpie to roughly copy the design onto the canvas. It does not have to be perfect – angled lines will end up being “pixelated” by the rug canvas grid, so just go for it! Your sharpie lines will be covered with yarn later.
I decided I wanted an angled bottom to my wall hanging, so I trimmed away some of the canvas into a V-shape.
Note: I actually ended up altering the bottom even further once I finished the wall hanging… So seriously – there is no “wrong” way to do this!
Step 3: Begin hooking your wall hanging!
I vaguely remembered how to latch hook from a kit my grandmother gave me when I was a child, but I did need to Google for reminders. So I’m going to point you to several helpful tutorials today. I used several different techniques on my wall hanging (Can you spot them below?): (1) latch hooking (the long loose pieces: pink, mint, beige, gold); (2) regular rug hooking (the looped brown & cream sections); (3) crochet (the flatter sections: mint, red, gold, and black is hiding under the tassels).
I also threw some tassels on there for good measure. Because who doesn’t love tassels?
I made a fun little gif for your enjoyment…
Don’t let the speed fool you - this is definitely a time-intensive project and the rows come together SO. SLOWLY. But once I got into a nice rhythm I found myself really enjoying the process!
I’ve also broken it down step by step for you below, never fear!
Layer 1: Pink 10” pieces. Latch hooking technique. (Latch hooking works best from the bottom up. Ask me how I know!)
I cut my pink yarn into 10” pieces using this handy trick:
Make a cardboard template that is the height you want your yarn piece to be and as wide as you like. Wind your yarn around it, and then cut along both ends with scissors. Voila! Many many pieces of correctly sized yarn!
For my pink section, I didn’t want my yarn to be too closely packed so I skipped several rows as I went up.
As you can see, I filled in anywhere I felt needed a little more bulk:
Layer 2: Mint 8” pieces. Latch hooking. I skipped every other row or so for this one as well.
Layer 3. Gold 4” pieces. Latch hooking. I skipped every other row on the canvas.
Do you know how they call glitter the “herpes” of craft supplies? Well, I submit a new contender. This gold eyelash yarn is ridiculous. It gets everywhere and I mean everywhere.
But it’s so pretty and sparkly.
Layer 4: Red yarn. Crochet. I don’t know if this is an actual wall hanging technique or not - I was just experimenting and really liked the effect! I did a simple crochet chain stitch on top of the rug canvas. You don’t cut your yarn for this section. You are basically treating the rug canvas like a chain of crochet and single crocheting on top of it.
You can barely see this little layer in there – look closely!
Layer 5: Mint yarn. Crochet.
Layer 6: Chunky cream yarn. “Traditional” rug hooking technique – which I’ll refer to as “looping” to keep it separated from “latch hooking”.
For this technique, you don’t cut your yarn into small pieces. You start with a loop at one end of your bottom row, then guide the yarn along the underside of your row pulling up loops through each square in the rug canvas. Careful not to accidentally unravel your whole row… It may or may not have happened to me. But as you fill up the squares, the yarn will bunch together and start to support the loops.
Layer 7: Black yarn. Crochet. If this looks different to you than the finished product up top, you aren’t crazy. I decided to fill in the black section with my crochet stitch first so the tassels would have a background behind them.
Layer 8: Beige 4” pieces. Latch hooking. I skipped every other row on the canvas.
Layer 9: Black yarn. Crochet. After I crocheted the background, I got to work making my tassels! I used 5 for each black section of my wall hanging.
Don’t know how to make tassels? I used my yarn winding template again to cut 10” pieces of black yarn, folded a bunch in half, and wound another piece of yarn around the top to create a tassel. Visual tutorial here.
Layer 10: Gold yarn. Crochet. I liked working with the gold yarn much better when it wasn’t cut into little pieces!
Step 11: Red yard. Crochet. You know the drill: rinse and repeat.
Step 12: Chunky brown yarn. Looping.
Are you still with me?
That was intense!
But if you’ve made it this far…
Step 4: Finish the wall hanging with a dowel up top! I purchased a thin wooden dowel at the craft store for 60 cents and painted it with some leftover gold acrylic paint. I strung a length of my brown yarn through one of those big plastic needles for plastic-canvas and stitched the wall hanging to the dowel by wrapping my yarn around the dowel and through the top layer of the wall hanging. Then I braided three pieces together for my hanger on top.
Step 5: Hang that baby proudly on the wall!
What do you think? Are you inspired to go on a yarn shopping spree and tackle a wall hanging of your own? Please share with me if you do – I’d love to see it!
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