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
• Quart-sized plastic container
• Paint tray liners
• 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.”