Remember the tassel wall hanging tutorial I posted earlier this year? Many of you made it. And oh so beautifully, might I add! Many of you agreed it was very time consuming and tedious . . . but so worth it, obviously. The project got me thinking about creating a new and easier version inspired by "doodle" wall hangings by fiber artists like Ellen Bruxvoort and Elsie Goodwin - and of course, the one and only Sheila Hicks. The idea is to wrap a cluster of that wonderful macrame cotton string, just as we did for the tassel wall hanging, but then knot and contort it into a vibrant wall hanging. My favorite part about this project is that it's ever changing. You can form it however you desire and then change it up from time to time!
- 5mm single twist cotton string (mine is "natural")
- Omegacryl yarn (thin. colors used are Mocha, Mustard, Mexican Pink, Terracotta, Orange, Strong Pink, Mint, Cherry Red, Rose, Coral, Light Pink, Light Salmon, Purple, Burgundy, & Bougainvillea) or wool yarn (thick)
- sharp fabric shears
- self healing cutting mat
- cat brush
Start by cutting 13-15 strands of 5mm twisted cotton string. You can go as short at 36 inches in length or as long as you want (the ones shown here range from 6-8 feet)! Align the strands and leave about 8-12 inches of string before starting to wrap.
I'm using Omegacryl here because I love the bright colors but you can definitely use wool yarn as well. You should also note that Omegacryl is much finer than wool yarn - so if you use yarn, your wrapped rope will be much thicker. Start by taking one end of yarn and fold the end in half to the desired length of the wrapped section. Align the ends to the the starting point of your cotton strings.
Note: Omegacryl comes wrapped in strands of three.
Hold the cotton strings and yarn in place with your hand, and wrap the working yard around the cotton strings. Be sure to leave the tail end sticking out. You'll need that later. Continue wrapping. Don't be too precise here. It's okay to have the yarn overlap. It actually is beneficial to have the yarn overlap while wrapping as eventually, you'll be knotting and twisting the wrapped rope and you don't want the movement to create any gaps in the yarn. Basically, the more dense the yarn wrapping, the better.
Once you've reached your desired length, without going past the bottom yarn loop, trim the working yarn, leaving about an inch.
Stick that tail end through the loop. Take the end of the yarn at the top of the tassel and start to pull. The loop at the bottom should start to move, along with the other end of the yarn.
Continue pulling until the loop disappears into the wrapped section. Trim any excess yarn.
Repeat the same steps as you continue to add colors.
Try playing with varying lengths and contrasting colors.
Once all your tassels have been made, you'll need to brush them out with a cat brush. Remember to put the cat brush on a durable surface like a self healing cutting mat - otherwise, the cat brush will scratch any other surface. Start at the top and push hard into the cotton strings when brushing.
When brushing, it's helpful to clean the brush of lint before continuing to brush again. Retractable cat brushes are especially helpful for this! Continue brushing until you get that beautiful soft fringe. It'll take several hard strokes so put your back into it!
Give the ends a good, blunt trim.
Repeat on the other side and the best part remains: knotting and forming your wall hanging! Have fun with this. There's no right or wrong way to do this. Just play around with it until you're happy with the way it looks!
tutorial by HonestlyWTF