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Shelley Ferguson discovers how to make this chic wall hanging

Dressing your walls with a textured hanging is an easy way to lift a space. Shelley Ferguson discovers how simple and soothing it is to make your own

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Shelley Ferguson discovers how to make this chic wall hanging

I saw a simple wall hanging by Brittany Chinaglia, of Brittany Makes on Pinterest, and wanted to make something similar for my entranceway. Being familiar with Nannestad & Sons’ beautiful craftwork, I decided to ask founder Wendy Nannestad if she could help me adapt and make the design.

Wendy and husband Paul founded Nannestad & Sons in 2013 and together design and make homeware, furniture and jewellery which combine traditional craft techniques with contemporary forms and natural materials. Their style is inspired by their Dutch and Norwegian heritage, and features simple forms and honest materials with a touch of whimsy thrown in.

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Using thick, natural cotton cords with contrasting brass tubes for the main body gave length and structure to the piece. The oak rod at the top (with drilled holes so the cords could be secured with a knot) anchors the hanging while the 30 combed-cotton macramé tassels at the bottom add texture and a little chaos (each individually knotted and lovingly combed!).

It wasn’t only the ‘making’ process that inspired me – I also loved chatting to Wendy about the importance of passing on skills to younger generations, the emotional connection craft creates, and how it celebrates imperfection. We’re both conscious that life has become very fast and people often don’t make time to learn or develop outside their comfort zones. “Learning a craft not only challenges self-inflicted stereotypes but also allows us to slow down. Craft is often rhythmic; it connects our brain to our hands and can be almost meditative in its repetition,” Wendy says, and I couldn’t agree more.

Nannestad & Sons offers a range of classes. visit the online store at nannestadandsons.com or email info@nannestadandsons.com for details.

Words by: Shelley Ferguson. Photography by: Angie Humphreys. Image via: @brittanymakes

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