Yarn Folk Art

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek with Glasses.


I knit and weave, so I have many opportunities to use all the pretty yarns out there. My daughter on the other hand, is too little to want to learn to knit and has no interest in weaving, but wants to make things with all the pretty yarns. The project I came up with was simple yarn art paintings. This type of painting is based on the traditional folk art of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. The traditional way of producing this type of art is taking bees wax and melting it on a wooden board, then pressing the yarn into the wax before it hardens. We are going to use glue and cardstock.



First I came up with our design idea. We thought the chickadee type bird would look cute in her home room, replacing some of the baby art – since now she’s a big girl. I sketched a simple outline in light pencil on a piece of heavy cardstock. We gathered the colors of yarns we wanted, a couple of toothpicks and glue.

The pink bird was my daughter’s. I started her bird by laying a thin single bead of glue around the outside line of the sketch. She placed a length of yarn on the glue following the path. Then right next to that I placed another line of glue. This technique worked for her because there is not a large area of glue for her to get her arm in and there is a short length of yarn to deal with so it does not get tangled. We continued to work in this fashion until we got to the center. We placed the eye on top of the pink yarn, not traditional but again, it worked for the younger artist.

The blue bird, I started with the wing and eye in the darker color. I spread a layer of glue on the wing area and started to lay the yarn.  On the wing, I started with a spiral then back and forth working toward the tip of the wing. The eye was a spiral starting in the center and working out until it was the size I wanted. For the lighter blue, I started in the center by the wing working out. I used the toothpick for making the hard corners and pressing the yarn down, since I tend to get extra gluey fingers. I liked the idea of using one long piece of yarn, winding it around to create texture and shapes, but if it’s easier to use a shorter piece of yarn that is fine too.

Both of these approaches worked really well since we were not covering the entire piece of cardstock. If the design calls for the entire piece to be covered I suggest working from left to right, placing glue only on the section that is being worked on, then when it’s covered contiue by adding more glue to another section.

When the glue was dry, I placed them in frames and hung them in the little one’s room.

This is a great project to use up bits of yarn and yarns that are beautiful but you don’t want to wear. Also, a project if you love yarn but do not knit, crochet or weave. Create your own folk art piece today.


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