What's the String Art

String art or pin and thread art, is characterized by an arrangement of colored thread strung between points to form geometric patterns or representational designs such as a ship’s sails, sometimes with other artist material comprising the remainder of the work. It has its origins in the ‘curve stitch’ activities invented by Mary Everest Boole at the end of the 19th century to make mathematical ideas more accessible to children. It was popularized as a decorative craft in the late 1960s through kits and books. (Excerpt from Wikipedia). 

However, it is Petros Vrellis, the Greek artist and engineer, who pushed String Art to a new level. He published a video on Vimeo. Using a circular loom, 1500 meters of thread, and a uniquely programmed computer algorithm, he came up with A Whole New Way to Knit and weave together some portraits.

string art kit
string art for kids

Owl DIY String Art for Kids

Foam Canvas surface and Round Head Pins. No Hammer Needed. 

string art kits

Hammer some nails on a board according to a designed pattern, matched with complicated twined thread, finally you will get an exquisite artwork, which is beautiful and valuable. Not only is it a good choice as gifts, but also a pretty home decoration when hanging or displayed on a desk. 

What Materials are needed: Wood Board, Nail, Thread or Embroidery Floss

What Tools are needed: Hammer, Scissors

Considering the safety of tween girls or boys, we can choose specific string art for kids, which has foam canvas as board and pins. Just need to push pins into foam and string away.

string art board

There are usually two options for board, solid wood and medium density fiberboard (MDF). The former is more expensive. For string art beginners, I think the MDF is a good choice.

string art nails

For nails, silver and gold are common choices. The small and regular nails can be easily bought from local hardware stores.

string art thread

If you choose the embroidery floss to string, the quality should be an important factor. Since the floss with poor quality is easier to break when winding.

Recently, String Art has become a new favorite of artists. They use nails and thread to design a large number of geometric figures, vivid plants and animals. Even according to different festivals, make various theme elements, pumpkin, Christmas Tree, Deer Horn, etc.

flamingo string art
fire ballon string art
geometric string art
whale string art

According to pictures and its accompanying essay, I guess you are already excited and can’t wait to try. There is no hurry. Read my next article, How it Works, I will make a detailed tutorial and some tools involved for every beginner. 

Come on, let’s use threads and nails to string wonderful artworks. I will share some patterns and tutorials from time to time. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Pinterest.