When it comes to crafting trends, weaved tapestries are at the top of the list. However, I’m starting to think that DIY tapestry projects have become staples in the DIY world. This is all thanks to the versatile nature and beautiful textures of traditional weavings. There’s something so intricate and relaxing about these pieces.
Fortunately, you can create a simplified version of a DIY tapestry using Darice’s plastic canvas and extensive selection of embroidery thread. This is perfect for beginners who want to mimic the look of a weaved tapestry but are a bit intimidated by the process. Even if you’re a long-time crafter, this is one of those projects that’s excellent for curing a crafting itch. I’m especially loving the addition of dried flowers in this one. Hello, springtime!
- Darice Plastic Canvas
- Darice Hot Glue Gun
- Darice White Pom Poms (7mm)
- Dried Flowers*
- Darice Needlepoint Needles (Number 18)
- Darice Cotton Craft Embroidery Thread
- Darice Craft Scissors
* For this DIY tapestry, I used dried carnations in a deep pink hue. These matched perfectly with my selection of embroidery thread. Feel free to use dried flowers in a style and color that works best for your piece.
Step 1. Cut the canvas into a small rectangle. The final dimensions are up to you; this DIY tapestry measured 3.5 x 5 inches.
Take care to cut close to the edges instead of straight through each “square” of the grid. This will ensure cleaner, neater edges along all four sides.
Step 2. To create the fringe, cut two strands of embroidery thread. Fold them in half, meeting up the ends. Insert through the first hole along the bottom. Start from the “front” of the canvas and feed it through to the “back”.
Step 5. Cut three long strands of embroidery thread and feed it through the needle. Fold in half so that the needle falls to the center of the thread. Again, the ends should meet up. Tie a knot and insert through the first topmost hole of the canvas.
The length of these thread strands will depend on the size of your canvas dimensions. For this 3.5 x 5-inch canvas, three 28-inch strands were enough for one row.
Step 6. Re-insert the needle through the canvas. I chose to weave the needle every four holes. This interval may be the same or different depending on the size of your canvas. The bigger the canvas is, the more holes you’ll have.
Whatever interval you choose, keep it consistent throughout the entire row. If you do decide to switch it up and create longer stitches, make sure to plan ahead by counting the number of holes you’re working with. With some careful planning, you can alternate between short and long stitches to create an awesome pattern.
Step 12. Continue along the canvas, switching colors whenever you like.
Step 13. Continue until the entire canvas is stitched.
Note: Thanks to the thread fringe that you added earlier, you’ll need a little extra elbow grease along the bottom row. It might seem like a tight fit, but it’s totally doable.
Step 14. Trim the fringe according to your preference. You can cut straight across or at an angle.
Step 15. Glue pom-poms to the stitched canvas. This will add some depth and dimension to your piece.
Step 17. Hot glue a few dried flowers for that natural touch. You can also bring in twigs, leaves, or even a mix of all three.
If you’d like to hang up your tapestry, feed two strands of thread through the top corners of the canvas. Tie a knot and snip away the excess.
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.