Sunday, March 23, 2014

String Art

This is a cooking blog, but what some of you don't know is that I am a crazy DIYer. Over the weekend I FINALLY got a new sewing machine! The last one I had was an old 1960's Singer, that my grandma gave me years ago. After numerous repairs it was just time to get a new one! I will for sure be finding a way to display my grandmas.... But I went to Sew Pros and got an Elna! I am in love with it! My Singer had given up on the "fun" stitches a long time ago, so being able to do zig-zags again was awesome! That being said, I'm sure you will be seeing more of my DIY projects!

Unrelated to sewing, this weekend I made a string art "LOVE" sign for my stairwell. It turned out quite lovely, but took FOREVER! I'm willing to say, if you see something similar in the store, just buy it! Even though I really like how it turned out, I'm not sure it was worth all the hard work, but here's the "how to" in case you want to give it a go.


Supplies:
1 wood board (the hardware store will cut it to size for you)
Nails (I'll show a picture below of what I bought)
Paper Letters (I drew my own, 7x4.5 inches)
Embroidery thread
Patience, and lot's of it!

Here are the nails (or brads?) that I used:

I bought about 4 packs of these and that was perfect.

First, use double sided tape to tape the letters in place on the board. Then put a nail on each corner. Start hammering in nails about 1/4 inch apart, it doesn't have to be perfect I doubt your friends will get a ruler and measure the nail spacing. Once you have the letter outlined in nails, tie the embroidery thread on a nail and start wrapping!




 Just be random! Once it is covered to your liking tie it off! Dab a little glue on the knot of the string just to make sure it holds before you cut the extra off! If you want to hang this on the wall you can get the little picture frame hangers and place them on the back. And that's it! As simple as all this sounds, it is quite time consuming!

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