Latch Hook Wall Hanging DIY

If you’re not really interested in learning to weave but love the textured wall hangings you’re seeing all over the Internet, I’ve got the perfect weave-hack project for you. You can use this latch hook rug canvas and hook to get the same shaggy wall hanging style. It won’t necessarily be any faster but it won’t require some of the tools and skills you’d need if you were wanting to weave the same thing. Plus you can customize the size of your wall hanging very quickly.

It’s a great way to destash your yarn pile if you’re a knitter or crocheter and you can use this tutorial to skip the wall hanging and just make your own rug! I love how my shaggy wall hanging turned out and all of the fluffy texture it adds to my studio space. Get the details for making your own below.

Supplies:
-24″ x 30″ latch hook canvas
latch hook
-seven or eight skeins of yarn in various colors. I used a variety of thicknesses and also used both wool and cotton.
-scissors
-dowel or stick as wide as the canvas

You can sketch out your design first or just freehand it. You can even trace your color block shapes with a marker onto the canvas to make it easier! Once you’re comfortable with your design, start cutting your yarn into strands. The strands on the bottom of your canvas should be the longest and then you can cut them to a more consistent length. The lengths on the bottom of mine varied from 14″-24″ long and I used scrap cardboard that measured 7″ and 12″, respectively, as my base and just wound my yarn around them over and over before making a cut at one end. Keep cutting your strands as you go. The rest of my strands were about 5″ long and then I trimmed them once I was finished adding them all to my canvas.

Step One: Cut your latch hook canvas to your preferred size. I cut mine to measure about 14″ x 28″. The bigger your size, the more yarn you’ll need. Then place two strands of yarn under your hook.

Step Two: Hold all four strand ends in one hand so that they are just about at the crook of your latch hook. Then slide the hook under one of the single strands on your canvas so that it comes up again. Make sure you slide it through past the latch.

Step Three: Wrap your four strands to one side of the latch.

Step Four: Gently pull the handle toward your body to close the latch with the yarn inside the hook.

Step Five: Keep gently pulling toward you so that your ends continue to pull through.

Step Six: This is how it should look when you are finished. One down, one million to go! Just kidding. But not really.

I usually work on a fiber project from the bottom up, but I knew I wanted to use a lot of whites on this one. I added three spots of color as my focal points and then filled things in from there. I just wound my yarn and cut strands as I went instead of counting them out beforehand. No one needs that kind of pressure.

Work on one color block at a time or mix it up and fill it in from one side to the other. Adding in different shades of the same color can help blend your design, but contrasting colors work well together, too.

This project will likely take you more than a few hours to complete if you fill a space as big as this one, but you could easily cut your canvas down to a 6″ x 10″ size and make a smaller version of this.

Once you’ve worked your way to within 2″ of the top, call it a day. You’ll need that space to fold a hem pocket.

Flip your wall hanging to the other side and fold in your sides about 1/2″. Then use some of your yarn to stitch this down with a running stitch and tie a knot at the beginning and end. This will add a nice edge and make sure your strands cover it up nicely.

Then fold the top of your canvas down so that there isn’t any bare space showing from the front. Use more yarn to stitch it to the main canvas with a running stitch and secure on both ends with a knot. Then add your copper pipe or dowel by slipping it through the space you just created and then add a hanger by slipping it through your copper pipe or tying knots on each end of your dowel.

The final step is hanging it up and brushing things out with your fingertips. Then feel free to trim up rogue ends or whole sections to get the shape you want.

If you love this look and have been wanting to explore weaving, my book DIY Woven Art is a great resource for beginners and even intermediates! You can find it here. – Rachel

Credits//Author: Rachel Denbow. Photography: Rachel Denbow and Elise Abigail.
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Up Your Houseplant Game With Water Propagation

Hey, guys, it’s Katie here! Since most of us are pretty obsessed with filling our homes with plants, I thought it’s high time we talk about propagation! There are lots of different ways you can propagate plants, but I’m super into water propagation right now. Why? Well, because it’s SO easy and you get to watch the roots develop. This way you know the perfect time to get that baby in some soil! Here are three very common houseplants that love the water!

1. Pothos and Philodendron
If you have plants around your home, chances are that you have pothos and/or philodendron. These plants are not only easy to care for, but they are the plant that keeps on giving. Simply cut a 4-6 inch length from one of your vines, let dry out for a couple of hours, and place the end in water. Four or more leaves per cutting is recommended, but I have grown them with fewer in the past. Just make sure your vine has a couple of nodes, or bumpy spots. Once your pothos or philodendron has produced a new root, pull it from the glass or jar and transplant it to soil. The longer you keep the roots in water, the more difficult time it has acclimating to soil. The beauty of these particular plants is that you can skip the soil entirely and simply leave them in water. I love to watch the root systems grow and grow!

Sharing is caring and this plant makes it so easy to spread the love to friends and neighbors! Pothos and philodendron are also great plants for cleaning indoor air! Just remember, both plants can be toxic to children and pets, so if you’re going to keep them in the home, be sure to place them far out of reach!

 

2. Holiday Cactus (Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)
I discovered my love for holiday cacti during a plant swap I hosted a few months back. I’m especially fond of the texture of this plant, so you can imagine how delighted I was to find out you can propagate it in water! Considering many types of cacti prefer their soil to be on the dry side, my first question was, “Should I actually pop my cactus clippings in water to encourage new root growth?” Answer: YES! Cut sections with three or more attached leaf groupings and let them callous over for a few hours. After that, simply place them in a glass of water and wait patiently. After a few weeks, you’ll have new baby plants with roots to transfer to soil!

My favorite thing about holiday cacti is how quickly they produce! Once my new rooted clippings were in the soil, they have grown at a rapid rate! Since this type of cactus is native to the jungle, they do require more water than a desert cactus. As always, avoid over-watering to prevent root rot. Oh, and this particular kind of cactus is not toxic to children or pets! Yay!

3. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)
Ahhhh, the ZZ plant. The waxy sheen of this plant’s leaves is one of my very favorites! I’m guessing many of you have one or more of these in your home. The ZZ plant is great because it is hearty and flourishes in many different types of light. Water propagation for this beauty is essentially the same as the two listed above. Use a sharp knife to remove a section from your existing plant, let it callous over for a few hours, and pop it in water.

My ZZ plant took the longest of the three to produce roots, but as you can see above, the roots that sprouted ended up being very thick and substantial. After the roots appeared, I put this plant straight into a pot and it’s been doing great ever since! Like pothos and philodendron, ZZ plants are toxic for children and pets, so please be extra careful if you have these in your home!

There are many other plants that root easily in water, but these are just a few of the most common (and some of my favorite!) household plants. Are you interested in trying this easy method? I’d love to see any success stories if you want to tag any of your photos with #ABMplantlady over on Instagram! Happy houseplant propagating, friends! xo. Katie

Credits // Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Katie Shelton and Janae Hardy.
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10 Things I Love Sunday

Hello there. Happy Sunday!

1. Kara’s home tour is so much fun!

2. The best gold flatware. The shapes are so modern. Love!

3. Have you seen our new wish list page? (Jacki spent, like, 1 million hours adding new items—so you have to see it!) It has everything we love from books to beauty to home decor … even records!

4. On my recipe list!

5. Nashville friends, have you been to Lemon Laine?

6. I think my house is pretty much done for now (don’t quote me on that) but I found this super cute rug. Someone else please buy it in my honor.

7. I have always loved Rebecca’s photography. It’s incredible! Her blog was probably the first fashion blog I started reading wayyyy back in the day! Her pack (called Seasons) for A Color Story is one of my favorites.

8. Cutest toddler dress ever?

9. A cute $15 dress I just picked up for fall. I finally understand why people love wrap dresses!

10. Jeremy and I are rewatching Arrested Development.

Our sunnies are selling like crazy (THANK YOU!). And we are beyond thankful for your support and excitement for our autumn product launches!!! The waiting list for our first beauty box is already filling up—sign up here. We are officially SO EXCITED for autumn. September is going to be insane!

Love you all and happy Sunday. xx – Elsie

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A Twist On The Classic Three-Strand Braid

Do you remember getting all “fancy” with your dolls or My Little Pony figures when you were little? I always loved braiding the hair on mine because my hair was always shorter growing up. My favorite style was to braid three basic braids and then braid those together for a big, fancy complicated braided ‘do. Well, this summer braided style is kind of a simpler take on that—when my hair is longer I hope to fully recreate that My Little Pony braided magic!Step one: To create a bit more visual interest on top, start by twisting a section on either side of your head and tying them together in a small ponytail.

Step two: Pancake and pull apart your twists for a fuller/messier look.

Step three: Separate your hair into three sections.

Step four: Braid the middle section and tie off with an elastic.

Step five: Take all of your hair and make one large three-strand braid, using your braid in the middle as one of your three sections.

Step six: Tie it off with an elastic and pancake for a fuller look.

That’s it! It’s really quite a simple style to do that has a sort of random/interesting texture look to it that makes it seem more complicated than it is. I like the way the middle braid is sort of “hiding” in the final braided look. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice.
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