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“I think I deserve something beautiful.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

This is definitely one of the best books I ever read. American Author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia. The memoir chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels.

That was the inspiration behind today’s project. I feel like everyone is in pursuit of self happiness and contentment, I know I am. That is what this project was about. I wanted to make an item that would serve as decor and more as inspiration every time I walked in. What better way than a wall hanging?

I got the idea of thread art from some of my really cool friends (Bless your souls Kaj and Denno!) and once I gathered all supplies needed, I got to work.

What I used:

Plank of timber. We had a few lying around home but if you don’t, you could buy from you local timber shop for even less than Kshs. 100.

Leather Dye OR Paint OR Wood Stain. I also had leather dye lying around (life of a diy-er.. lol)

Thread. You could get this specific one from most supermarkets or crafts shops in town for about Kshs 140. You could use any other type of thread though.

Hammer and tiny nails.

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PS: The whole project cost me Kshs. 170 because I only bought the nails and thread:)

How:

I started by staining the piece of timber using brown leather dye. I used the sponge that comes with the dye and I did about 3 coats, letting each coat dry first before applying the next. You could also use paint for this.

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When you’ve traced the entire template, carefully remove the paper.  Work slowly so that your nails will stay in place.

Here’s mine ready for stringing!  I actually thought it already looked pretty cool at this stage.Now you’re on your way!  Just start weaving in a back and forth fashion.  The less you think about this the better.  I actually found it to be quite therapeutic. Just let it flow.  If you don’t like the way a certain section looks, unwind and do it again.  It’s very forgiving!

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When done threading the whole piece, it looked like this.

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I used hot glue to seal the ends of the thread before trimming the excess off.

 

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Lovely week people:)