Cool String Art {Review + Giveaway}








It was Saturday morning. I was sitting at the dining table, drinking my morning coffee and reading the 'latest' on my iPad. Do you do this too? Check your emails, then have a little look at FB or Instagram followed by a look at the latest blog posts from people you follow? 



During the week, it's a little tricky to enjoy the very limited early morning online/coffee time, what with getting the kids rounded up and ready for school. But during the weekend, especially without any pressing plans... it's my time. You get it, right?

So anyways, back to Saturday morning. We were enjoying a quite morning. Hubby was pottering around in the garage and the kids were entertained. I had a look at a new eBook from Leisure Arts called 'Cool String Art' by Lori Wenger and with a sudden burst of enthusiasm and inspiration, I took on a whole "new to me" craft - string art.



Crafts in Cool String Art



I'd never tried string art, but looking through all of the projects in the book, I just couldn't wait to get started. The projects ranged from simple designs (like this pineapple that I made) to some more involved pieces that would need a little more preparation, but which look to be well worth the trouble.

Luckily hubby was already in the garage so was able to give me a piece of board, a tub of little nails and a hammer. I printed up the design and taped it to the board (to hold the paper in place).

I hammered in that first nail and was quite thrilled with myself. I began to get more confident in my skill with the hammer and finished placing all of the nails. It was time to add the string!

I raided my stash of embroidery cotton and chose my pineapple colours. The great thing about the patterns in 'Cool String Art' is that they show you the order in which to wind the string. Being a compete novice at this craft, this was something that I found very useful.

As it's the Easter weekend, my string art pineapple is sitting quite happily among Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs.




Crafts in Cool String Art


Cool String Art by Lori Wenger features 11 contemporary string art projects, complete with excellent instructions, easy printable patterns and great tips from Lori (like using needle-nose pliers to hold the nail before hammering).

With thanks to Leisure Arts, I have a digital copy (eBook) of Cool String Art to give away. Just leave a comment below telling me what cool new craft, technique or skill you'd like to learn.

I'll choose a winner on Sunday. Please make sure that you have a valid email address connected with your account so I can contact you if you're the winner.

You can purchase Cool String Art by Lori Wenger right here from Leisure Arts. Don't forget to check out all of their other great crafty titles.



Crafts in Cool String Art


I received a complimentary copy of Cool String Art by Lori Wenger for review. 
All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.


15 comments

  1. Clever you. Your nails look so evenly placed giving a lovely finished result.

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  2. there are so many new crafts I'd like to learn. Right now I'm trying handlettering

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  3. I really want to learn fabric screen printing. It's on my bucket list. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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    1. Congratulations Sherry! You are the winner of the eBook.

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  4. My daughter did one of of state with a heart for our city. I've always wanted to try it, just never took the time to get it going. Love the pineapple!!

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  5. So man things to learn, i really want to try crochet, but this nail art looks really fun to learn.

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  6. I would like to learn how to do beading on a loom.

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  7. I love having a day that starts as your Saturday did... and ends with a completed new craft! We just moved into a new home with muscadine grape vines... I wanna learn to make wine from those grapes... also in a few years we will have blueberries... what new and different can I do with those??? But being I am in a new home ... I would love to win and try string art... did it once from a kit as a child... but oh how I could use perle cotton and HAVE FUN with that! Thanks for the chance :D Kathi

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  8. I love string art. I used to do it when I was much (much) younger. I would love to learn how to do it correct and try new things! YThanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!!

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  9. I haven't done string art in 40 years. It would be fun to do again. Something new, well ModPodge is getting a lot of attention in my house these days. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  10. I would love to learn mosaics. I have been thinking of making a few tiles! Love your string art pineapple!

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  11. This really appeals to me! Think this could be a new craft for me to try��

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  12. This is awesome! Way back in the mid 70's....this way an art we did in elementary art class! It was fun! I haven't done it since then.....brings back fun memories that I'd love to try again! I'd make the pineapple for my daughter in love!❤❤❤

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  13. My Dad was so into string art years ago! He put felt on a board first as the background then the nails! We are going thru my parents house (they are now in assisted living) and I'm finding floss in his workshop. It only looks out of place for someone who doesn't know my Dad! I think it's time I start it up too!

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  14. This reminds me of the string art we did when I was at school, many, many years ago. I’ve always wanted to learn to crochet! I can knit, but crochet- I’m all thumbs!

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