Cranny yarn letters are just plain expensive, I'll be the first one to admit it. They are expensive, however, for a few ( very good ) reasons: time, time, and lots of finger burns. ha! However, if you'd like to do the work yourself and add a yarn letter to your home, or, in the case of the photograph above, the word *READ* to a sweet book corner, you're all set. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you. Either leave a comment on this post with your question or email me at cranny(dot)foundfavorites(at)gmail(dot)com . I'll hope for as few finger burns as possible for you. ( wink! )
Step One : gather your supplies and prepare for a few finger burnings. For these mini yarn letters, I used 6" wooden letters from my local supply store.
Step Two: beginning where the pencil is pointed, put a small dab of hot glue, attach your yarn, and start wrapping the E from top to bottom and continue across to the end of the vertical line. Put a drop of hot glue at the end, secure your yarn, and cut.
Step Three: Begin again on the second vertical line and repeat the process.
Step Four: Keep the yarn tidy and straight; this will take a little patience, but will be worth it in the end. Continue the process with the last vertical line of the E.
Step Five: Now that you've covered the E from top to bottom in yarn, you will cover it again from side to side. Beginning on the back of the letter, at the bottom corner, put a dab of hot glue, secure your yarn and begin wrapping from side to side.
*Smaller dabs of hot glue are better, not only for your fingers, but for the all-over look of the letter. You will notice that small dabs of glue will be needed here and there, not just on the starting and ending points. Small dabs are especially helpful in securing the yarn as it wraps around the ends of the vertical lines of the E.
Step Six: Once you've covered the entire letter from side to side, snip the yarn, leaving a once inch tail. Using your scissors, tuck the tail underneath the vertical layer of yarn.
Step Seven: continue wrapping your other letters as you did the E-- front to back and side to side. Enjoy and then clear your lunch dishes : )