I was invited to participate in a trunk show at a local knitting shop, Basket's of Yarn. It took place last week, but leading up to it I needed to come up with a way to display my hoops because I figured it would not be cool to put nails all over their walls!
I had an old screen in the attic. It was made as a dorm room separator and had shirred fabric panels in the openings. I thought about inserting solid panels, but the logistics of covering large enough surfaces to hang hoops on was daunting. My mind turned to screening. I researched it quite a bit. I have worked with chicken wire and poultry netting and know how difficult it can be to manipulate the wire and smaller screen is so sharp and hard on the hands. I needed screen that has openings that I could insert clips in for hanging. I decided it was time to go to the hardware store.
The fencing section had a fair selection, however most of it was wire - the kind I already knew I didn't want. Then I saw the plastic garden fencing. It had large openings and if I painted it, I thought, it would be disguised and not be recognized for that it was. The best parts - there was plenty on one roll and the price at $11 for the roll was perfect for my wallet.
While at the hardware store, I went to the paint section and found a gold spray paint that is a primer and indoor-outdoor paint in one. My mistake was buying only one can, because the project took 2 cans.
I realise that not everyone is going to be able to find a 3 panel screen in their attic, but the gold painted mesh may be something you can hang or attach to something else, even over a window.
GOLD MESH FOLDING SCREEN DIY INSTRUCTIONS
3 Panel folding screen with panels removed
Roll of 2x25 ft plastic garden fencing
2 cans gold spray paint, or the color of your choosing
Open the fencing roll and cut rectangles to fit the openings of your screen, allowing an inch of overlap on each side to staple to the back of the screen. So take the opening width and length and add at least 2 inches to each dimension. Remember you can always trim off excess but it would be near impossible to add length or width later.
On a calm and non-windy day, spread a drop cloth on your lawn or driveway away from cars. The fencing looks slightly different on each side so determine which side you want to face forward and which side you want to be the back. Arrange the fencing panels on the dropcloth. I sprayed the backs first, but that is up to you. Shake the spray paint and evenly spray 2 ft square areas at a time until all has been covered. Allow to dry for at least an hour. Turn over the rectangles and repeat on the other side. I gave the right side 2 coats but the backs have only one coat.
When completely dry, bring them inside and you are ready to place them in the screen. Place the folding screen, right side down, on a blanket or carpet to protect both the floor and the screen. Using a staple gun, secure the panels in place. This took two people!
Voila! It was done and ready to take to the show and hang my hoops on! I used Riktig clips from Ikea and small S-hooks from Amazon. Hanging embroidery hoops, I preferred the ease of the S-hooks for removal of the hoops. The clips were tricky for hoops, but if you are hanging other art, the clips would likely be easier.
Trying a few hoops at home before the show
At the trunk show I was able to hang far more hoops than I imagined. They showed really well. The screen is now back in the attic, but it's ready to go at the drop of a hat!