DIY ‘Nevada’ style woven art.

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.

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MATERIALS

30 x 42 piece of canvas (you can cut up a shopping bag or buy the material online)
black tapestry thread or wool
ruler
pencil

First sketch your design onto your canvas. You can use my design as a guide or make your own.

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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.

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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!

 

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