6 Basic String Art Winding Tutorials

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String art has a long history in mathematics education. But nowadays, it has cross-curricular connections to painting art and handmade. What’s more, it’s enjoying a fast comeback in our daily life. Except for using it as wall decoration, we also can enjoy the happy time of DIY on a certain weekend. 

Wrapping thread around nails, it seems irregular. But actually, someone has already sorted out generic and regular wrapping ways. In that article, I will introduce several basic wrapping methods for you. When getting some good string art ideas, you can complete it perfectly if you don’t have a manual book in hand. And it isn’t hard to finish a product even though you are a string art beginner after mastering that 6 basic ways.

For the pattern border, there are two methods to wrap,  8-word unilateral and 8-word bilateral, which are used to highlight the edge of the pattern. In another article, we sort out basic ways of bordering the edge.

1. 8-word Unilateral Method

8-word Unilateral Method (1)

Use a line to form an “18” shape between two nails. We offer detailed tutorial via pictures and videos here.

2. 8-word Bilateral Method

8-word Bilateral Method (1)

Use a line to form an “181” shape between two nails. On the basis of “18” shape, it adds one more line to form “181” shape. We offer detailed tutorial via pictures and videos here.

3. Interleaving Method

string art Interleaving Method

Choose a start point, and wrap thread around nails. Like five pointed stars crisscrossing the routing. I used the common circle for string art templates. In most cases, the interleaving method is applied in irregular areas. 

For that method, there is no right or wrong way for winding threads around those nails. Continuously keep shuttling back and forth. It’s like doing what you want. You just need to remember that every cord should be tight as you can and do not slip off from the nail. The more layers you do, the darker and well-stacked the pattern will be in your finished works. What’s more, all thread routing should be evenly paved in the desired area. In order to get moderate density, keep every nail 3-4 times the chance of routing. 

string art Interleaving Method
string art Interleaving Method
string art Interleaving Method

Please Note: 

Do not follow a parallel line. 

Do not intersect at the same point.

4. Uniform Method

string art uniform method

Wrap thread around nails with N-line regular routing, until evenly paved in desired area. According to your density requirements, the multi-layer routing can be carried out.

From the tutorials, all nails just keep 2 times the change of routing.And the pattern area has been divided into many small grids, which are like weaving a net. 

string art uniform method
string art uniform method
Uniform Method (4)
Uniform Method
string art uniform method
string art uniform method

5. Law Method

There are two kinds of wrapping methods for the law method in the following tutorials. Law A, according to controlling the space of two beginning nails, the circle’s size in the middle will be different. You will find that it’s interesting after you can make some practice.

string art law method
string art law method
string art law method
string art law method
string art law method
string art law method

The second one, Law B, we choose opposite two nails, which divide the circle into two. The basic thread routing is the same. Obviously, the circle in the middle will disappear compared with the previous one.

string art Law Method
string art Law Method
string art Law Method
string art Law Method

According to the point-point law, we carry out the routing step by step. Every piece of line was planned ahead, and was wrapped with regularity. We usually apply that point-point law on the geometry pattern, plus with multi-layers, it usually forms complicated and regular string art patterns.

Keep in Mind:

When multi-layer winding is required, we should press the thread down after finishing a layer. So as to keep enough space for the more layers. 

Keep the thread straight all the way when winding, so as to avoid the threads scattered.

6. Well Lattice Method

string art Well Lattice Method

The desired width is the foundation to parallel routing of lines. That method makes every two nails as a unit and interlaces thread in horizontal and vertical. It will present a well grid after you superimpose two layers with regularity. Compared with the previous uniform method, there is no difference in essence.

string art Well Lattice Method
string art Well Lattice Method

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