Crafting: String art heart of Minnesota wall hanging

String art is back and when paired with the other current trend of “home-state” pride, it’s rather irresistible. I gave it a try and had a lot of fun and just a little frustration. But the end-product pops and makes me Minnesota proud. I’m lucky to have a visually interesting shape state, though Nebraska would have been easier.

string heart minnesota
String art pieces do have visual magic to them and provide instant crafting gratification.

 

I would rather study a technique a little and give it a try than to never start because I think I need to learn “the right way” to do it first.

Here were my steps:

  1. I assembled the base out of pallet wood, creating a box that’s about 15×22-inches. I went with a box shape to help it look a little more finished. Like a complete piece when hung on the wall…no framing needed. After building the box, I gave the whole piece a light sanding to smooth and finish it off. The pallet I used was weathered, so it had a nice, soft and rich wood finish to it.
  2. I created the state with a heart at the Twin Cities (where I live) in Adobe InDesign (you could use Word or Publisher or Photoshop) and printed it out on 11×17 paper and taped it to the front of the box.
  3. Using small steel one-inch nails with a head to hold the string in place, I started hammering them around the perimeter of the state, right through the paper, about ½ of an inch apart. And the same for the heart. I had read one article online that had suggested predrilling holes to make the nailing easier, but I did just fine without, though my fingers got it a little bit. When I was finished hammering in the borders of nails, I removed the paper with the pattern on it.
  4. Ah, the stringing of it. I’m sure there is a higher level of crafting and artistry to this than I undertook. But this illustrated what I like to keep in mind when it comes to crafting. I would rather study a technique a little and give it a try than to never start because I think I need to learn “the right way” to do it first.
  5. I did a simple loop de loop pattern, from the perimeter of the state to the heart at the center and back and forth and back and forth. loop de loopI used yellow embroidery thread because I thought the yellow looked really sharp against the earthy brown of the wood. Embroidery thread comes in an endless array of scrumptious colors and the has a silky texture and is very easy to work with. I began by tying a small knot on one of the nails and clipping of the excess with a nail clipper. When I came to the end of a strand during the stringing of it, I would simply tie on a new strand tightly and again, clip off the excess. Pull the thread snugly as you go.

String art pieces do have visual magic to them and provide instant crafting gratification.

 

 

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