One of my favourite things about the resurgence of boho-style decor is the wide variety of wall hangings, ranging from macramé, to air dry clay wall “jewellery”, ones woven from yarn, and others made from raffia.
And I’ve had a go (or two!) at all of them…
A lot of macramé wall hangings are a bit busy for my taste:
so I searched YouTube for simpler ones.
Or make it:
I made my own versions of these – the feathers were my first foray into the world of macrame since the seventies, so please don’t judge!
I had to make the last one up as I went along – I used the lark’s head knot to attach the twine to the stick, the double half hitch to form the curves both above and below the tassels, and rya knots to make the actual tassels. I made the beads from air dry clay. This looks the simplest, but was, in fact, the most fiddly and time-consuming to make.
AIR DRY CLAY
I couldn’t find anything similar online, so you can’t buy it unless you come to my garage sale and buy mine, which was inspired by the silver pendant:
I rolled the clay into a thin sausage shape, then formed the heart, squishing the clay to make it lumpy and uneven. Once it was dry, I painted it, wrapped parts with raffia, added some wooden beads and tied it to a wooden curtain ring, before hanging it with more raffia.
This trend is obviously already on its way out, as I couldn’t find the original images I took inspiration from. Glad I didn’t spend all that money on them!
Or make it:
My only tips are to make your shapes a little larger than you want the end result to be, as air dry clay shrinks as it dries, and not to stress about making it perfect (much as I’d like it to be!), as the clay also warps slightly as it dries which means nothing will line up properly, and it’ll hang somewhat wonkily.
But hey – that just goes to show that it’s handmade, and didn’t come plopping out onto a conveyer belt in a Chinese factory.
A lot of ceramicists are making these at the moment (obviously from ceramics and not air dry clay, hence the high prices).
Or make it:
There’s no video – so roll out your clay, use a cookie cutter or shot glass to cut out a million circles, make holes at the top and bottom, and allow them to dry for a couple of days.
I used 2 packets (1kg) of clay.
After you lightly sand them, you can leave them au naturel, or paint them, and then string them up.
I painted them with plaster of Paris mixed with paint, used thin jute to tie them together, and attached them to a header sewn from interfaced hessian (burlap).
I can’t remember why I decided to do that, but I’m glad I did.
Or make it:
How to make a loom:
I made mine when I was in Tasmania a couple of years ago – I wasn’t at all sure that I’d be any good at it, or if I’d enjoy weaving, so rather than spend a fortune on wool only to discover that I was not a natural-born weaver, I bought a load of second-hand wool, made a loom from a second-hand picture frame (the wooden bit under the canvas) and some nails, did an image search for weaving techniques, and tried the ones I liked the look of.
Then it was a case of trial and error, unravelling and starting sections again when things didn’t pan out as I’d imagined.
I became an expert unraveller!
It turned out to be more like a sampler than a piece of wall art, but I’m still happy with it.
I don’t care if wall hangings go out of fashion again – there will definitely be a spot (or five!) in my new house, reserved for whichever one next takes my fancy to make.