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SLIDESHOW : yarn gluing for prints

SLIDESHOW : yarn gluing for prints
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Here’s how to make a yarn printing plate by cutting yarn and gluing to a piece of cardboard.

Use regular or tacky white glue to secure yarn onto the lines. Regular glue draws a little faster and can be put into baggies. Glue should be in good, clean-tipped bottles, to redraw the lines, but if you have badly tipped bottles (who has good clean bottles? I’d like to meet them), then you can use a baggie with a teensy tiny corner snipped off. You can squeeze the glue like cake piping. Just put the glue in the un-snipped corner first, and squeeze out the air. When we say teensy tiny, that’s exactly what we mean.

It’s important to cut the yarn pieces the right length before applying the glue. When gluing down the yarn, begin with the whiskers. This will insure that there isn’t any overlapping of the yarn. Never overlap yarn! All the yarn must be exactly the same width so you’ll get good prints.

  1. Cut a piece of yarn a little longer than you expect you’ll need for a line.
  2. Set the yarn on the line and arrange in place over the drawing.
  3. Use scissors to trim off any yarn that is past the ends of the line so the yarn is the same length.
  4.  Take the yarn off, and “draw” a glue line
  5. Set the yarn back into place on the drawn line
  6. Gently press the yarn down into the glue. (Don’t mash flat, but make sure there is good connection.)

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Yarn Glueing • Tap to open - Scroll to view - Pinch to zoom

A sandwich bag works great for making glue lines.


Press the yarn into the glue gently. Also, short pieces are much easier to handle and make better corners.


About The Author

Dennas Davis

Dennas is the founder of Firstlight Arts Academy in Nashville, and also of The Art Instructor (formerly ArtSquish). He has been designing, painting, illustrating and teaching in various combinations since he learned how to hold a crayon. He is the illustrator of 24 children’s books with over 5 million in print worldwide.
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