HOW TO MAKE YARN WALL ART
50 x 50cm (19 x 19 ") latch hook or rug making canvas 6mm (J/10) crochet hook 500g roving yarn (we used Woolly Mahoosive Mammoth in White and Tjock Fat & Sassy Merino in Aqua) 50g each of yarn scraps in five different weights or textures (we used Scheepjes Namaste in Crane, Rico Luxury Magic Mohair in Silver, Rico Fashion Light Luxury in Silver Grey, Stylecraft Special Chunky in Cloud Blue and Rowan Brushed Fleece in Fog) 5m (1957/ 8") strong cotton yarn or thread 50 x 50cm (19 x 19 ") thick cardboard Large yarn needle Somewhere between latch hooking and rug making, there’s a magical place where scrumptious, tactile loops are created in moments. You won’t need fancy tools for this make, just your trusty crochet hook and yarn. And in fact, you could use this technique to fill any shape at all with fluffy yarn texture – hearts, stars, pet portraits or modern colour blocking. Dream big.
Using the main image as a guide, draw and cut out a cloud from the cardboard with a straight bottom edge. This should be the finished size and shape you’d like the cloud to be, approximately 45 x 25cm (17¾ x 97/
Place the card on top of the latch hook canvas and, using the cardboard cloud as a guide, cut a piece that is 3cm (1¼") larger than the cloud all the way around. Put the cardboard template to one side for now, it’ll be used for backing.
Working from the front of the canvas, insert the crochet hook through one hole in the canvas and catch the yarn from behind, pulling it through to the front and creating a loop of yarn on the front of the piece.
Continue in this way, working blocks of colour. For the thicker roving yarns, create a loop every three squares apart on the canvas. For the thinner, lighter weight yarns, you’ll want to create a loop in each square of the canvas.
Make sure you don’t work in the 3cm (1¼") section around the edge of the cloud canvas, as the edge is prone to fraying.
Referring to the main image as a guide, build up the smaller coloured sections, then fill in the
cloud shape with the main colour. Weave any yarn ends in lightly on the back of the work.
07 Taking the cardboard cloud template set aside earlier, pierce holes 1cm ( 3 /8") apart and 1cm ( 3 /8") in from the outside edge, all the way around the cloud shape, using a pair of sharp scissors.
08 Working on the back of the yarn looped piece now, lay the cardboard cloud shape on top to be used as backing.
09 Sew the cardboard to the back of the canvas using strong cotton yarn and a yarn needle. Use a continuous whip stitch to secure the 3cm (1 ") canvas edge to the back of the cardboard, through the holes made in Step 7. Don’t sew the canvas too tightly along the flat bottom edge of the cloud, as you’ll be working into the bottom row of canvas holes for the next stage. Tie off and weave in the yarn end when you’ve gone all the way around.
10 For the fringe, cut 30 60cm (235/ 8") lengths of yarn and fold them all in half. Two DK weight yarns work well for this, a fluffy and sparkly grey, held together.
11 Insert the crochet hook from front to back in the centre hole along the bottom edge of the cloud, then hook through a folded pair of yarn lengths at the middle point. Take the ends of the lengths of yarn and pull them from back to front through the middle of the loops, then pull gently to close. This creates a lark’s head knot. Repeat in all the holes along the bottom, stopping around 10cm (4") from the outside edges to leave a gap either side of the fringe.
12 Once attached, trim the yarn fringing into a diagonal line to create a rain shower effect.
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