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sneak peek: best of textile wall hangings

by Amy Azzarito

I’m going to blame it on Grace. After all, she was the one who pointed out the weaving in Sarah Ryhanen’s office. You can barely see it in the photo, but it has sent me on a weaving quest. I became completely obsessed with this way-out-of-my-budget textile hanging. Since I’ve been coming up empty handed, I decided to go through our sneak peek archives and see what wall textiles I could come up with. I love the idea of hanging any sort of fabric on the wall — it makes everything feel a bit softer. As for Grace, she has to listen to me complain about my sad lack of a beautiful textile hanging every day, and that’s probably punishment enough. Luckily, she’s a good sport. — Amy Azzarito

Image above: The weaving above the fireplace in Karen Kimmel’s Los Angeles home was found at the Pasadena Rose Bowl for only $35!

Image above: The beautiful wall hanging in the Eagle Rock, California, bedroom of Julie Galdo and Cody Cloud is only slightly eclipsed by the dinosaur bedside lamp.

Image above: Textile artist Ashley Helvey keeps a wall of inspiration above her workshop at her home in Seattle, Washington.

See more textile wall hangings from our sneak peek archives after the jump . . .

Image above: Illustrator Steven Harrington hung this piece knit by his mother in his small Pasadena, California, Craftsman house.

Image above: The wall hanging in Jess Lorass’ bedroom in Calgary is from the 1950s, and while she doesn’t know much about the artist, she enjoys it every night.

Image above: The wall hanging and “antler” cushion in Annabelle Kerslake’s Australian home are both from Australian textile designer Pony Rider.

Image above: Native American tapestries hang in the bedroom of this Washington State family beach house.

Image above: A b
oucherouite rug turned wall hanging in Lou Mora and Sarah Yates’ Los Angeles home

Image above: Janine Rewell also decided to hang her boucherouite rug on the wall in her home in Helsinki.

Image above: If you want to highlight a favorite piece of fabric, simply hang it on the wall using a wooden hanger — instant art! This is a sample from Catherine Southwood’s textile line hanging in her home in Melbourne, Australia.

Image above: A wall hanging above the bed in leather craftsman Steve Soria’s Santa Barbara home

Image above: Stretching the idea of a textile wall hanging, but I couldn’t resist including these ribbons on a string in Tara and Percy’s Brooklyn home.

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The fabric “Clouds” by Swedish textile designer Gunila Axén feels a bit like wallpaper and perfectly frames the bed in Klara Bothen’s bedroom in southwest Sweden.

Image above: This wall hanging is actually a hammock purchased in Tulum, Mexico, by homeowners Jason Gnewikow and Jeff Madalena for their Catskills home.

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