Known for their 70’s vibe and vast potential for customization, tapestries have become the new “it” craft of the DIY world. And while the process of weaving one on a loom is admirable and awesome, I can’t help but swoon over no-weave tapestries. These simplified alternatives use Darice’s mesh canvas in a way that is easy enough for beginner crafters. However, even veteran DIYers will adore the simplicity of a no-weave DIY wall tapestry project. Keep reading to learn how to make one with an earthy and fun wood bead fringe.
- Darice #7 Plastic Canvas
- Darice Folklore Yarn
- Darice Craft Scissors
- Darice Oval Wood Beads in Earth Colors
- Darice Needle
- Embroidery Thread
Step 1. Using the scissors, cut the mesh canvas into a small square or rectangle. A segment measuring 5-7 inches wide works best for this DIY wall tapestry. If you’re up to the challenge, you can opt for a triangle or diamond shape.
Step 4. Stitch the needle through the first horizontal row. For this particular version, the needle was inserted every three holes. Alternatively, you can create a stitch every two or four holes depending on how wide your canvas is.
Step 6. Continue until the entire canvas is stitched. Rotate the canvas so that the exposed holes are positioned along the top and bottom edges.
Step 7. Tie a strand of embroidery thread to the top left and right corners. This will allow you to hang up your tapestry. If you have a hard time inserting the thread through the canvas, use the needle.
Step 8. Cut a strand of embroidery thread and tie a tight double knot at one end (left). Insert the wooden beads of your choice (right). If you’re having difficulty inserting the thread through the beads, attach a needle to the end of the thread before slipping them on.
Step 11. Repeat Steps 8-10 until the wood bead fringe is complete on your DIY wall tapestry.
And just like that, you’ve created an earthy DIY wall tapestry without a dose of weaving. Feel free to customize your no-weave tapestry by using different colored yarns in your favorite shades. Mix it up by creating a geometric design or bringing in Darice printed wood beads.
For another take on the no-weave tapestry, check out this DIY floral tapestry made with real dried flowers.
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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.