String art has had me curious for a while now, but I was not brave enough to tackle it. It seemed so time consuming & difficult that I did not have the motivation to try it… until now. This was my first attempt, so I had a few crafting bumps & bruises along the way but all & all I was happy with the finished product. Here is what you need..
A square of solid cork board (You can substitute wood as well)
A box of small nails
Embroidery threads of varying color. I used shades of purple with green as an accent
A pen, pencil or a marker
Draw the design of your craft project out on paper.
Tape it to your cork board or wood.
Using a hammer lightly tap your nails into the pattern. Only tap about halfway in, leaving room on the nail to wrap your string. Remove your paper template carefully by tearing it out from under the nails.
To start, tie a piece of the embroidery thread to the nail that you intend to start with. Use a dab of glue to secure in place & let dry.
Wrap your thread around the nails, weaving it back & forth between nails. You can weave it however you choose as long as you make sure to follow the design of your pattern. Keep an extra sketch of your drawing handy for reference. It is easy to lose your pattern in the nails after a while.
Continue to weave your thread around the nails following your pattern until complete. Tie off your thread at the end & use a dab of glue to secure. Be sure to tie off your thread in between colors too.
Hang up your finished product.
This was a fun project. I think I might have the string art bug. I can’t wait to design my next project. It takes a little getting used to. I lost myself a little in my lettering but once I referenced my drawing I was able to decipher my pattern again. This is a very forgiving project. There is plenty of room for error & to go back.