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wednes-diy: rope swirl tapestries

a few of you have asked about the amazing rope swirl tapestries in our new store displays and you’re in luck because one of our display artists put together a tutorial on how to make them! it looks like such a fun rainy day project.

what you need: a large piece of cardboard,  black marker, scissors, rope in various sizes and colors, neon twine, pompoms.




use a variety of different colors and textures to create a fun swirl – these purple and orange tassels are just another piece of string woven in with the others!





once you’ve got it down, you can make a whole bunch in different sizes and colors, to create a whole wall tapestry just like the ones in our stores :) i can’t wait to try this!

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Taylor -May 18, 2011, 3:30PM

cute :) you could also make smaller ones for coasters!

Tara -May 18, 2011, 3:33PM

Thank you for todays DIY! I was captivated by this when you first posted it a few days ago and now I just need to find some of those bright tassels and trims, any ideas on where to order? I think I’ll be using a lot of hemp as well in mine. Very cool, thank you Julia.

megan -May 18, 2011, 4:14PM

i think i may have to try this in an effort to be more crafty. thanks for the tutorial! :)

meganmakescute -May 18, 2011, 8:47PM

Well this is effing groovy.

adrysol -May 20, 2011, 2:47PM

me encanta!!! amo el textil!! y pienso hacer uno!! gracias!!

Anonymous -May 23, 2011, 3:04PM

i might make a few decorative throw rugs for my sunroom!

chrystin -June 16, 2011, 10:17AM

made one for my room and it looks great! thanks for the instructions! i plan to make smaller ones to use as place mats for the kitchen table!

Miss Milky -June 29, 2011, 6:19AM

Wow!!! I’ve posted your article on my blog :-)

ana -July 9, 2011, 1:44PM

i think i’ll hang this on my wall, one i make it. like the one at the free people nearest me– it’s adorable!

puppyloveprincess -July 10, 2011, 8:22PM

ah i love this! and kids can do this, too, so it’s extraawesome. thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

amy -July 25, 2011, 10:39AM

i really wanna do this but where can i get colored rope from!!!?

barb -July 28, 2011, 10:53PM

Love, love, love this. my house is almost all white so will love the pops of color. Thank you! I’m going to post it on my blog too. I have several quilters who are regulars and i know they’ll love it. Kudos to you!
Barb – The Empty Nest Mom

Dolly -July 30, 2011, 1:56PM

gostaria de dizer da alegria em ver uma trabalho tão perfeito quanto esse, fiquei maravilhada.
Fiz uma postagem em meu blog, citando esse endereço para eventuais interessadas no tutorial.
Parabéns e Obrigada, Dolly

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Delah -September 5, 2011, 2:31PM

I love this and would love to make one similar. This tutorial is great, but it only shows how to make the large circle in the center. I was wondering about the smaller ones that just seem to be wound together. Also, how are the pom poms attached? And how did you get them all connected?!

Twinkle Enyong -September 7, 2011, 9:37PM

I found this thru pinterest and I would definitely make my version of this rug:)

hanlie -September 17, 2011, 1:18AM

thanks for sharing .

Louisa -September 17, 2011, 4:37PM

I love this! How did you connect them all together?

gina -September 22, 2011, 11:00AM

It is amazing.beautiful idea.thanks for tutorial

hena tayeb -September 22, 2011, 2:07PM

Oh wow.. this is gorgeous. One day when I have more time on my hands I will try my hand at this. Thanks for the tutorial.

kristi -September 27, 2011, 10:05PM

Looks like the back has some fabric on it, how are all the circles connected?

samia -September 29, 2011, 6:12AM

This is amazing.. I am hopelessly in love

lucilene -October 15, 2011, 3:40PM

quero receber se possível mais dicas de artesanatos eu achei lindo!!

Rose :: -October 19, 2011, 10:08AM

amazingly gorgeous execution of detail. looks so simple to do, but …

evelyn -November 6, 2011, 9:48PM

How do you connect all the circles together securely? Love this idea!!!!

Sarah -December 7, 2011, 9:18AM

what a wonderful idea!! looks fantastic! Iv only just discovered you today but will definately be giving this a go x

annie -January 16, 2012, 1:50AM

how do you attach the circles together? I Absolutly love it and am going to start one tomarrow.

deshera -February 3, 2012, 11:42PM

how do you connect all the different circles???

Juliana Pace -February 7, 2012, 12:51PM

This is just amazing but I wouldn’t put it on the floor…headboard, maybe? Or, just wall? Maybe studio wall? Just awesome!

rkf -February 7, 2012, 2:27PM

look at this neat project

Kathy Ruhman -February 8, 2012, 8:22PM

How are they connected?

Anonymous -February 23, 2012, 4:05AM

So wonderfully Estelle! I will have a bathroom wall to wall, thank you!

netalia -February 23, 2012, 12:22PM

Yes how do you connect them? Assuming piece of rope at the end when all done connects somehow…..Where do you find the items the twine etc. Could you die the rope or twine?

Jessica -February 28, 2012, 2:31PM

I just bought some rope and yarn etc from a fabric store and spent $150, and I hardly have enough to make anything grand or even worth the money. (Without the manila/brown rope filler expense too.) I would like to make a suggestion that when you shop for rope, go to the discount scrap bin. Don’t blow off this project because of my experience, just shop smarter. My friend also suggested tearing old clothes into strips which I think would work splendidly! Despite the shocking total, I’m very excited to make it and am hoping to find ways to stretch out the rope for max coverage. It’s definitely going on the wall though. :-)

Jill Johnssen -March 4, 2012, 11:41AM

Yes, please could you post a little bit more detail,for those of us not as crafty? I LOVE the look of the big Pom poms, but they look as though they are sunken into the circle, not just stitched to the top. And it would be nice to see how they are stitched together too! I Want that Rug! Thanks!

Janene -March 8, 2012, 11:37AM

I agree, this is gorgeous! Belongs on a wall for art! Will you be putting instructions on how to assemble?
Thank you!

Dyhana -March 20, 2012, 2:38PM

beautiful, thanks!

michele -April 2, 2012, 7:26PM

you need to seel this for people like myself who LOVE this but have no skills in that department!

Stephanie -May 26, 2012, 1:05PM

I am working on this right now and the way that I am connecting them is by taking the extra yarn length from cutting it off the cardboard and tying them together. Any extra pieces that I can’t tie to anything, I tie a little knot as close as I can to the pattern and snip the rest. I also bought twine at a local hardware store (big chain home improvement store) for $13.38 and it’s 2250′. I am filling in the pattern with extra fabric I have from other projects. To get them to be long I just hand stitch them quickly together. This helps cut the cost of all the yarn.

Kushiel -June 13, 2012, 4:53AM

is this backed on anything? looks like there is a backing?

Tana -June 16, 2012, 4:31PM

Looking at the pics I am thinking that the circles were all sewn onto a large piece of fabric and that they then cut out the gaps between the circles leaving enough fabric to do a small hem to stop the fabric from fraying……Just a thought…

Ella -June 19, 2012, 10:44PM

Wait, this doesn’t make sense ! Wouldn’t you need an odd number of warps in order for the weft to go over/under/over/under and form alternating over and under loops?

I just tried this and it became the same over and over again as opposed to alternating. (IE always going over on a certain neon yarn and then always going under the next neon yarn and then always over the next one)

Am I missing something here? Or making some sort of a very simple, very stupid mistake? Mathematically it would make sense that you need an odd number but that doesn’t work w/ a radial base since 2x any odd number is still even…. help?

Nadia -July 13, 2012, 2:27PM

Hi, vois ça

Sara -July 21, 2012, 9:28PM

I’m considering just combining 2 of the strands? Lemme know if you figured anything out?

Puntobobo -July 28, 2012, 8:17AM

amazing!! i love it!!
regards from spain!

Héloise -August 15, 2012, 4:54AM


Sammy -August 24, 2012, 12:57AM

How much do I have to pay to get one like this ?!

I’m serious about buying it .. If anyone’s interested or the maker of it pleaaaaase contact me at

It’s the most beautiful artistic colorful thing I’ve seen so far ❤❤

LUCIANA -September 10, 2012, 10:24AM

Muito lindo!!! Magnifico!!!

Kristi W. -September 16, 2012, 11:37AM

When I made this I got a large thick needle and handsewed the circles together. I also bought fabric that matched the colors I used and I glued it to the back side using E-6000 glue. You can buy it at micheals or any other craft store. I bought different sizes twine and rope at hardware store. I also bought small amounts of coordinating fabric and cut them into strips. I twisted them and wove then in. I got the Pom poms and sewed them to the twine or fabric. I bought handspun yarn off etsy. I also made smaller ones by cutting a small circle out of fabric. I took the twine and slowly started circling from the middle out. I used the glue mentioned above to secure it. I also made smaller ones the same way the big one was made. Hope this helps anyone.

Aleksandra -September 23, 2012, 5:16AM

Wow! I can`t wait to try making one!

Chantel -October 3, 2012, 9:38AM

OHHHHH I CANT WAIT TO GET STARTED!!! Looking around house for cardboard right now, loading up on all my craft stuff and about ready to head out to the husbands garage to find MORE!!!!

Rie -November 1, 2012, 6:11AM

Thank you very much for sharing! I’m so excited to make own(*^^*)

Sarah -November 12, 2012, 7:59PM

I’m with Ella–it doesn’t work out quite right

anna -November 14, 2012, 2:48PM

If you look closely at the pictures above, you will see that they in fact at one place always took two wines together – I marked the place on the cardboard where you always go over or under two of them, then it comes out great. You won’t notice the small weaving mistake in the end.

anna -November 14, 2012, 2:49PM

“Twines” not “wines”. Wine might help as well, though.. ;-)

Nana -November 27, 2012, 10:36PM

Rope swirl tapestry, really very very beautiful, wanna try this. But the DIY rope rug from freepeople is much more attractive for me.

katie -December 13, 2012, 11:01AM

yes, it has to be an odd number, none of the tutorials on line say this for this project, but after making them with 30 3rd graders I have found that it is definitely true.

karina -December 14, 2012, 10:51PM

I’ve been trying to get this to work for me but I always seem to come out with ridges after I cut the skeleton strings. The rug just bunches together, any advice on how to prevent this?

yasmeen -December 28, 2012, 9:47AM

thnx alot but how can i wash it ?

laura -January 8, 2013, 2:53AM
Deidre -January 16, 2013, 5:12PM

Anyone have ideas on where to get the cardboard?

Deidre -January 17, 2013, 5:37PM

Will someone tell me how many sections they did? 32 does not work!!!

Dane -April 5, 2013, 4:05AM

woua!!! quel talent un très beau tapis de jolies couleurs bravo biz

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Alex -June 25, 2013, 1:03PM

once you finish making the individual circles, are you taking the cardboard out from underneath? then attaching the different sections??

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Saul Johnson -October 29, 2013, 5:31PM

When y our making the smaller circles do the marked circles reduce in sections? Or will always be 32 sections? Also your just stitching the various sized circles to each other with yarn or rope correct?

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Cath -December 20, 2013, 1:34AM

If you are going to use it as a carpet instead would you put a backing on it?

I showed it to my mum and she said it would be great in our house. I also think what a great project it would be to make!

naz -January 18, 2014, 10:31AM

32 lines is ok, but when you start weaving you must have an odd number of lines, if not your weaving is not right.

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Kitkat -December 27, 2014, 2:31AM

I love this and have tracked down most of the supplies needed to make it with the exception of the tassel trim/yarn. I know it can be hand made but if anyone has found a good resource where this can be ordered it would be great if you could share :)

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Brittany M. -January 8, 2015, 11:16PM

I am literally working on this rug/tapestry as we speak and I must say this is harder than I thought it was going to be but I know it’s going I be beautiful.

I think that I’m using he wrong kind if rope. What kind of rope did you use?

I tried starting with rope twice and both times it didn’t work for me so now I’m starting with a thick yarn and now it seems to work.

Also, is it to be expected that at some point you will have (two) twine next to each other that you have to either weave over/under both of them at the same time?

I started over twice and both times I had to do that.

Anyway, I hope this works out. In really excited about it.

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Ami -April 25, 2015, 11:45PM

Hm…. I don’t know if the comment I previously wrote posted…
However, I wrote that 32 strings worked fine for me, however you could tweak it down to 31 to do an even over under. What I ended up doing was OVER 2, UNDER 1 and then switching back to over 1, under 1 as the spaces got wider with occasional switch-ups. I also did mine on those circular knitting looms which worked faster than a cardboard loom, I’m guessing since the rope didn’t have to drag along the cardboard.
Hope this is helpful.

Megan -June 8, 2015, 5:54AM

Hey I’ve found that you can get pom pom trim on Amazon in a variety of colours. (certainly in the UK, not sure about the US)

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chantel -July 21, 2015, 7:44AM

If you zoom in on the bottom of picture 4, there’s 2 “under” in a row. That’s why soom are having trouble? Seem I need a better tutorial!

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Lila -October 1, 2015, 7:29PM

This design is amazing I was just wondering if u had to put something underneath to protect it if so can u pls tell me
Because I cant wait to make it and put it in my room.
Thank you

Emily -December 2, 2015, 2:17PM

Hi there–
I am a newbie at DIY projects and need some help from you pros :) how do you attach the pom pom? I need detailed instructions. Are they sewn on and if so how exactly? Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

Krissi -February 21, 2016, 4:48AM

Yes, it only works with odd number of thread. 31 or 33.

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