I feel like all my DIY projects of late have been art related. I definitely wasn’t aiming for that. DIY wall art is a pain to photograph! But since I’m adding the final touches to my house and office, I feel like all the bigger projects are done and dusted and I’m bogged down in the details.
This DIY combines the thing I hate most – sewing. I suck at sewing. I bought 11 skeins of wool about a month ago intending to arm knit a blanket. I realised the wool was too thin to arm knit, so I tried to knit it normally, but I couldn’t get past casting on. I just couldn’t master the technique regardless of the million videos I watched. And the worst part? I already half knitted a blanket last year – so I managed to forgot the first step to knitting in the space of 12 months!
I may have given up on knitting, but when I saw this project, I thought, ‘what the hell?’. Nevada art is the new Aztec. It’s a really earthy style with roots in Native American art. It evokes home, hearth and simpler times. It’s a perfect fit for all the black and white photography I already have at home.
I approached this project from a bunch of different angles. I was originally going to try screen printing. Then I thought about painting the lines and then I consider drawing them with a thick marker. In the end I settled on stitching the lines because I thought it would be more authentic. Something that would invoke the original Native American tapestries and give the art a depth and body painting or drawing just can’t match.
It’s not as hard as it sounds, trust me.
30 x 42 piece of canvas (you can cut up a shopping bag or buy the material online)
black tapestry thread or wool
First sketch your design onto your canvas. You can use my design as a guide or make your own.
Once you’re happy with your design, start stitching. It took me about an hour, but I caught up on some old Stephen Colbert videos because I just think he’s hilarious.
If you’re having trouble keeping the canvas taunt, attach it to an old picture frame. This DIY is pretty simple and relaxing. It just takes a while. Once you’re done, you can frame it up. Again to keep the canvas taunt, try sticky taping it to the backboard with another set on hands to pull it tight.
I’m really happy with how the project turned out. The wool gives it texture and depth, so you could easily pretend you picked it up on one of your travels!