DIY Fiber Art

DIY Fiber Art via A Beautiful Mess I’m really excited to share today’s post! The last time I shared photos of our bedroom it looked pretty rough, but these past few months, we’ve made a lot of progress. We decided to commit to a low-key, light, neutral vibe for the bedroom. Everything revolves around good sleep and positive vibes in this space. But I still want to decorate it in an interesting way using lots of texture!

While I was considering different options for an art piece above our bed, I originally wanted to do a big glittery heart marquee. But then, I was flipping through one of my Jonathan Adler books, and I saw this amazing tassel art!

InspirationIsn’t it amazing?!

Next thing I knew, I was at the craft store buying tons of pretty yarn to make SO. MANY. TASSELS.

Measure your spaceThe best thing about DIY art is that it can be customized to fit your space EXACTLY. I used some painter’s tape to visually mark off how large I wanted it to be, then I just measured that space before I went shopping for supplies. It can be as small or as large as you want.

Supplies NeededSupplies:
wooden dowel rod (a few inches larger than your desired width)
medium weight and super chunky yarn (How much you need is VERY much dependent on the size and how much you want to cover in tassels. I had to go back to the store for more! I think I used two of the chunky yarn and about six of the medium weight yarn)
latch hook mat
-scissors
-sturdy neutral string to hang it (My yarn wasn’t strong enough to hold the weight.)

Step 1 make tasselsStep One: Make A LOT of tassels. After I had a few, I used them to try to estimate how many I would need, but I still had to make more later. I used about 70 tassels, each about 4 inches long. If you’ve never made tassels before (don’t worry it’s super easy), you can learn how here.

It’s up to you if you want them to be extremely uniform or more random/natural. I actually used two different types of yarn for mine (but pretty similar), and they came out a little bit more random due to that.

The tassels are time consuming, but I found them to be a good project to do while I was watching TV (Laura helped me do some too while she was watching TV one night!). It’s pretty mindless and kind of fun!

Step 2 attach tassels Step 3 begin filling mesh Step Two: Cut the latch hook mat down to your measurements. Attach the tassels to the latch hook mat. I just tied them on with more yarn.

Originally, I intended to fill the entire piece with tassels. But halfway through I realized I really wanted to use this chunky yarn I had bought and that I could possibly just poke it through the latch hook mat to create something reminiscent of a weaving. Basically a no-weaving-skills weaving. Fun!

Step Three: Use you fingers or a latch hook tool to poke pieces of the chunky yarn through the holes. Since my yarn was very thick, I skipped about every other hole. I just kind of poked it through in sections until it looked full, and if a spot looked sparse, I went back and added more.

Step 3 filling meshThis is what it looks like as you’re filling the mesh. It doesn’t have to be perfect… just eyeball it!

Step 4 pose with your fiber art in the dorkiest way possible Step Four: The final thing I did was hang my weaving and fill in any spots that looked a little sparse (both with more chunky yarn and more tassels). Then I trimmed my tassels just a little bit (getting those REALLY long stray pieces), but left them pretty random and natural.

Step Five: Pose as absolutely awkwardly as you POSSIBLY can. (I think I nailed this step!) WOOHOO! I MADE A DIY!

HangingHang it up and give yourself a GIANT pat on the back! Haha! There’s something so satisfying about making something you really love for your home.

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PS. My supplies were around $100 with no sales, but since every craft store has these magical 40% off coupons and frequent yarn sales, I think you could easily cut that down to $60 or less… it also depends on the size!

DIY Fiber Art

Ingredients

  • wooden dowel rod  (a few inches larger than your desired width)
  • medium weight and super chunky yarn  (How much you need is VERY much dependent on the size and how much you want to cover in tassels. I had to go back to the store for more! I think I used two of the chunky yarn and about six of the medium weight yarn)
  • latch hook mat
  • scissors
  • sturdy neutral string to hang it

Instructions

  1. Make A LOT of tassels. After I had a few, I used them to try to estimate how many I would need, but I still had to make more later. I used about 70 tassels, each about 4 inches long. If you’ve never made tassels before (don’t worry it’s super easy), you can learn how here.

  2. It’s up to you if you want them to be extremely uniform or more random/natural. I actually used two different types of yarn for mine (but pretty similar), and they came out a little bit more random due to that.

  3. Cut the latch hook mat down to your measurements. Attach the tassels to the latch hook mat. I just tied them on with more yarn.

  4. Originally, I intended to fill the entire piece with tassels. But halfway through I realized I really wanted to use this chunky yarn I had bought and that I could possibly just poke it through the latch hook mat to create something reminiscent of a weaving. Basically a no-weaving-skills weaving. Fun!

  5. Use you fingers or a latch hook tool to poke pieces of the chunky yarn through the holes. Since my yarn was very thick, I skipped about every other hole. I just kind of poked it through in sections until it looked full, and if a spot looked sparse, I went back and added more.

  6. The final thing I did was hang my weaving and fill in any spots that looked a little sparse (both with more chunky yarn and more tassels). Then I trimmed my tassels just a little bit (getting those REALLY long stray pieces), but left them pretty random and natural.

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Elsie Larson and Jeremy Larson. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I love this! Would you mind sharing specifics on the material and size/chunkiness of the 2 yarns you used? Thank you!

  • So pretty! I’d love to make one but am unsure about what yarn to buy.

    Could you name the specific yarn used for this project and maybe even the colors selected? It would be really helpful! 🙂

  • This is AMAZING! I saw this on your Instagram and was So impressed. I’ve done woven art using embroidery hoops as the base but never thought to create your own size and shape altogether. It turned out great and I love all the neutral colors. It’d be fun to make in loads of bright colors for my daughter’s room too. they’ve needed something over their bed for awhile and this would be perfect!

  • OMG – I love this and it looks so simple. I can’t wait to try it.

    PS – you’re site is so freaking beautiful.

  • Hi Elsie

    I’d love to know where the chunky yarn was from, or slink to something similar? I am a total yarn newbie but would love to tackle a project like this. Thanks!

  • You made something really beautiful here. Love the contrasting textures and neutral colour.

  • I’ve never been a huge fan of these and yet I’m liking this one. Perhaps the simplicity of it? It’s just lovely.

  • I saw this on snapchat the other day and have been OBSESSED ever since!
    I’ve been thinking about adding one of these to our living room, but haven’t settled on a design yet! Love the soft neutral feel this has that just adds to your super zen bedroom!

  • I’m over here from the Nester’s link. I have to say that your masterpiece is the coolest thing I’ve seen on the internet for a while. Kudos to you girl for your patience and for your creativity. I am beyond impressed!

  • So beautiful! I love your curtains and wall color. May I ask were you got the curtains and the wall color?

    Thanks- tammy

  • I LOVE THIS. It looks so high-end! I’m definitely making one ASAP. Did you put anything on the back side of the chunky yarn to keep it from pulling through the front or just poke it through and leave it? I don’t think it would be touched much since it’s just hanging on the wall but I do have two little boys that like to get their hands on everything so I need it to be as ‘sturdy’ as possible. 🙂

  • Would you mind sharing what brands of yarn you used?! I perused Joann fabric tonight and felt nervous about buying the supplies and so much yarn and maybe getting it all wrong. This DIY is AMAZING

  • I love this and it seems so easy to do! Your bedroom is to die for. So airy and peaceful. I just love it all!

    Madison | All Gumption and Grace

  • I wonder if you could have purchased a small piece of carpet with a similar loop-like appearance and attached the tassels to it–skipping the “poke through the holes” step?

    Also, since only the top row of tassels show could you have have “faked” the subsequent rows? Perhaps just making a fringe (on the sewing machine) and then making bunches that mimic the tassels without so much labor.

    And, finally. How much time did it take?

    BTW, it is lovely.

  • First of all, this is insanely gorgeous. Second, and this is going to totally out me as a Gilmore Girls nerd, but remember Lane’s bedroom when she lived with her bandmates? The whole wall behind her bed was covered in a hanging just like this one, but HUGE! It was distractingly cool. You can kind of make it out here: https://www.google.com/search?q=gilmore+girls+lane+bedroom&espv=2&biw=1270&bih=796&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwioqunLlLLMAhVMsoMKHT9GBVwQsAQILQ#imgrc=0HwfdLTUmBTiyM%3A

  • I am SO doing this one! What were the dimensions of your finished piece? Just trying to work out how much to buy – i think i will weave a wider, skinnier version for above our king size bed – can’t wait !! mel x

  • This is awesome! I always wondered how hard these would be to make.

    I came across this bed and it totally reminded me of you! 🙂
    http://www.wayfair.com/Chattel-Canopy-Bed-HOHN3663-HOHN3663.html

  • soo cute. Were the supplies purchased at Michaels? I like the chunky yarn and to purchase that!

  • I love it! It’s so beautiful and surprisingly simple. You have the best ideas Elsie <3 <3

  • Hi Corinne,
    Mine is 26 inches across and 24 inches tall.
    xx- Elsie

  • It’s from Room & Board (we painted ours white, it was originally black steel)
    xx- Elsie

  • Do you mind telling us the dimensions of your version? I love the size.

  • This is gorgeous, I love white on white of varying textures!

    www.shopthecoconutroom.com

  • Beautiful, Elsie! I can’t get enough of neutral textures lately. Sheila Hicks is SO GOOD, really inspirational for any new weavers or fiber artists who haven’t stumbled upon her yet.

  • Soooo beautiful! This would look great in my bedroom too, I try to keep everything in that room very neutral and comfortable too

  • This is a perfect centrepiece for the bed, or any room for that matter. Totally love this!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  • It looks so great, well done! And I’m loving the simplicity of your bedroom, it’s such a perfect cozy place 🙂

  • Always pay attention to you, good article
    http://www.designersbagstyle.com

  • I love how cozy it makes the room feel! http://www.hannamarielei.com

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I’ve been obsessed with tassels lately, and I can never have too many tassel DIY projects in the arsenal! The View From Here

  • This is perfect!!!! I’ve been wanting to try weaving but have been too intimidated to learn. This is perfect and exactly what I’ve been looking for to hang above my bar cart.

    The chunky yarn looks so good, I’d love to see a DIY rug like that!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • OOH this really does look pretty simple, and the results are so gorgeous!

  • This is beautiful and you are VERY talented!!!!
    I’m planning to paint my bedroom walls in greys and this would be AMAZING because of the contrast. Loved the idea, inspired me. s2
    xo, Deborah http://www.loveandeverythingblog.com

  • Hi Daniela,
    I didn’t really count I just tried to make them somewhat similar to the first sample one I made. 🙂
    xx- Elsie

  • This is great! About how many strings did you use for each tassel?

  • This is AMAZING! Do you think you can find all of these supplies at a craft store like Joanns? xx

  • Oh, Elsie. I love it! One of my closest friends is getting married at the end of the year and I think I just found what to give her. I just KNOW she’ll love it!

  • Oh my goodness Elsie, I already told you on snapchat but I loooooove this! So so good <3

  • I would LOVE to learn to knit or crochet (real legit!)
    xx- Elsie

    • What size bed is this piece over and what were the final dimensions of your piece? I have a king bed and I’m trying to determine How many skeins I’ll need to start with. This is gorgeous!.

  • I think this is my favorite DIY you have posted in a long time it is just SO good! I used that same chunky yarn for a blanket I made and it is the coziest E V E R.

    -Courtney

  • Are you sure you wouldn’t rather have it in your bed? Looks so comfy!

  • such a great, on trend DIY! Love it!
    -Stefanie
    Http://www.thestylesafari.com

  • Thank you so much Katie! I’m so glad it’s useful!
    xx- Elsie

  • Ooooh, I love it! Going to give it a try for above my bed. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • So pretty! I love the serenity of your bedroom. I too have as little as possible in the bedroom (bed+wardrobe with mirror doors) and I love it, so peaceful 🙂

  • I have been eyeing so many weavings on Instagram and have been scrouring the Internet for a weave-ish like DIY! This is perfect! Thank you!

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