RyaTie is a new way to create fiber art for personalized wall or rug decor.
I was recently sent a RyaTie Starter Kit as part of my Plaid Ambassador role and decided to adjust the pattern to create a crescent moon and star design.
It was so simple to make, I actually had my 70 year old visiting aunt make it, with my 10 year old daughter helping.
I helped create the pattern with my daughter, using the one in the kit as inspiration, and also printing out a few design ideas from the Bucille website. I then showed my aunt how to use the wood tool. I occasionally stopped them to take a photo, but otherwise they were content to pompom the afternoon away.
The pompoms you will make will need to be tied off every four squares on the provided canvas mesh, so the first step is to mark those off with the sharpie.
Use the tool to make the pompoms by first cutting off four pieces of yarn the length of the tool, to make the ties. Place two on top and two ties at the bottom of your tool and wrap your yarn 18 times in the notches. Slip the rubber bands in the vertical notches to help hold your yarn while you cut it off the spool. Use the ties to wrap around the yarn bundles in the notched area. (The photo below shows the bottom two pompoms tied off but the ties are still in place for the top two pompoms.) Once all four are tied, cut along the dotted lines on both sides.
Our wood tool makes four pompoms. We used the ties to add them onto our mesh canvas where the Sharpie markings were placed.
Here is what the front of our canvas looked like once the pompoms were tied.
Continue to make pompoms and tie them on according to your pattern.
Once you complete one color, move on to the next.
My daughter wanted to use up all the colors in the kit, so we decided to add shadows to the back of the moon and around the star. To use two colors, instead of wrapping around 18 times, we only wrapped 9. This still gives us 18 pieces of yarn in each pompom to stay consistent.
Once the pattern was finished, the executive decision was made not to add the hanging yarn, similar to the one on the cover of the Starter Kit, but to use it instead to fill in more of the canvas.
Once the canvas was complete to the satisfaction of them both, in Arabic and English, I helped add the wood rod to the back by “hemming” the top edge over it.
I also hemmed in the other three sides to give it more of a finished look. My daughter then added a dap of glue to each tie to hold it in place. After the glue had dried, she cut off all excess yarn ties.
Now our collective work of art is ready for our guest room wall, to be enjoyed by my aunt for the rest of her visit with us.
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