The artist be­hind Le Lo Boho shares her tech­nique for a Bo­hemian-in­spired wall hang­ing.


WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CRE­AT­ING THESE TA­PES­TRIES is that ev­ery sin­gle one is com­pletely unique due to the na­ture of the dye­ing process. Choose any color(s) you’d like, and your fin­ished project will fit in per­fectly as part of a gallery wall, or can stand on its own.


• 2- to 3-foot dowel, or a tree branch (es­pe­cially if you want to go for a rus­tic look)

• Wood stain

• 2 to 4 skeins of yarn (100 per­cent wool) or cotton cord

• Dye

• Quart-sized plas­tic con­tainer

• Paint tray lin­ers

• Gloves

• Scis­sors

• Two nails and a ham­mer


1. De­ter­mine the length you want for the fibers of your tapestry. One yard is per­fect for most sizes of ta­pes­tries. Mea­sure the yarn twice this length (6 feet) and cut. Mea­sure, cut and re­peat un­til all the fibers are cut ap­prox­i­mately the same length. 2. If you are us­ing a dowel, de­cide if you want to stain both ends, or leave it un­stained for a nat­u­ral look. (I like Min­wax spe­cial wal­nut; it adds so much warmth to the piece.) If you are us­ing a branch, skip this step. 3. Fold each fiber strand in half, loop over the dowel and bring the ends through the loop, pulling un­til the strings are tight against the dowel. Re­peat this process un­til the en­tire dowel is cov­ered. I like to leave about 6 inches of the stained part of the dowel show­ing on each side. 4. Mix the dye. Remember to test the col­ors on ex­tra strands of yarn. Dye is un­pre­dictable, and the sat­u­ra­tion can change based on hu­mid­ity, tem­per­a­ture, com­po­si­tion of the fiber strands, etc. You can mix dyes to­gether to cre­ate a wide range of hues or make batches of sev­eral dif­fer­ent col­ors; the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. NOTE: Now that you are ready to dye, be sure you have gloves on and clothes you don’t mind get­ting messy. 5. I like to dip-dye small groups of fibers to­gether in the dye bath and vary the length. After dip­ping, wring out the ex­cess dye or let the fibers drip dry to get a more sat­u­rated look. If you have ad­di­tional col­ors, dip the strands again, but at a lower height to get an om­bre look (like I did here). Once it’s fin­ished, let the tapestry com­pletely dry. 6. Trim those frayed ends. You can cut just above where it is start­ing to fray, or snip at var­i­ous lengths to give your tapestry an un­struc­tured look. 7. Nail the two nails into the wall, and place the tapestry on the nails so the fibers cover the nails. Take a step back and ad­mire your work.

“Remember to test the col­ors on ex­tra strands of yarn,” says Lau­ren. “Dye is un­pre­dictable.”

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