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 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.
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.