// October 25th, 2012 // Comments Off // Crochet, Sewing, Uncategorized
I have had a bunch of yarn hanging around for quite a while now with no idea of what I wanted to do with it. I have been playing around with the idea of making a wall hanging and finally decided there was no better time to do it. I decided to make it out of yarn because I love the idea of a wall hanging that both looks soft and feels soft to the touch. I am a very tactile person so I wanted something I would be able to touch and not have the oils from my skin completely ruin it.
I started out making simple crocheted circles. I used the same technique you would use to start the center of a Granny Square. If you’ve never made a Granny Square you can find some really good basic videos on YouTube to get you started. I found a couple here
. I think I made about 40 in various colors. You can make as many or as few as you’d like depending on the size of your wall hanging.
I also added 3 woven circles to my wall hanging. I used an embroidery hoop for my loom. I cut 8 pieces of yarn and laid them across my hoop. When you put the outside part of the hoop back on it will secure your yarn and will allow you to pull it tight.
I tied another piece of yarn around the center with a square knot to secure it. I made sure to cut off the tail close to the know before I started.
Then you just start weaving over and under your base yarn. (not sure of the technical terms)
Once you’ve made the center as wide as you want it, tie of the first color. To do this just tie the yarn to one of the base strings using a square knot and cut off the tail. Tie your next color on to one of the base strings and cut off the tail to start your next layer.
Now you follow the same process going over and under your base yarn. For the second layer I switched the strings I was going over and under. So if you were going over one string and under the next, for your first layer, this time you would go under then over.
I added layers of yarn until it was the size I was looking for. I like to add decorative yarn as on of the layers to add some extra texture.
When you are done tie off your final layer and cut off the tail.
To removed your woven circle from the hoop and tie off the ends, you cut two of the base strings off at a time and tie them together using a square knot. This will keep your circles from seperating.
This is what it will look like when you are done. You can either cut off the tails or leave them to add some extra texture.
To attach all of the pieces together I use a simple basting stitch and embroidery floss.
While you want to attach all of the pieces on all sides, I have found it is easier to attach and entire row across the bottom first. Then you can stitch up the sides.
To finish off the edges I used a simple single crochet stitch. I found that this helped to keep the edges flat and hold everything together.
I added some beading around the center circle on the finished piece. Remember you can make your wall hanging any size shape and color you’d like.