You can shop our string art kits based on Drill Pattern Difficulty Ratings as follows: 

  • Level 01 - Very Easy
  • Level 02 - Easy
  • Level 03 - Moderate
  • Level 04 - Difficult
  • Level 05 - Very Difficult

However, it is important to note that the difficulty level can be increased by the use of patterned string applications or multiple string colors.  The examples below demonstrate how a "Level 01 - Very Easy" drill pattern like the 11"x11" single heart or a "Level 03 - Moderate" drill pattern like the 11"x11" coffee mug can be increased in difficulty by applying multiple string patterns and colors.

No matter which design you choose, do not be intimidated!  You have our instructional videos as guidance, you can try an easy string application first then graduate to attempting different string patterns, and you can easily remove your string and wind it back onto your spool to try again if you aren't happy with the way it looks!

Sample Finished Artwork Drill Pattern Rating String Pattern Rating # of String Colors Overall Rating
Single heart no string pattern

Very Easy

(simple shape, few nails, wide-open space with little detail)

Very Easy

(no string pattern)

Easy

(only two colors)

Very Easy to Easy
 Single heart with two string patterns and two colors

Very Easy

(same drill pattern as above)

Difficult

(linear string pattern with alternating colors and spiral string pattern around the heart curves)

Easy

(only two colors)

Moderate
 Moderate mug with steam using no string pattern

Moderate

(a fair amount of detail and the need to plan color application carefully)

Very Easy

(no string pattern)

Moderate

(three string colors)

Easy to Moderate
 Moderate mug with steam using cross-hatched string patterns

Moderate

(same drill pattern as above)

Difficult

(there is no defined pattern, but a series of directional string applications was applied to create a cross-hatched appearance) 

Moderate

(three string colors)

Moderate to Difficult

Here is a brief description of how to determine the overall difficulty rating of a finished work of string art:

  • Drill Pattern Difficulty Rating - the ratings posted on each product on the site
    • A drill pattern with fewer nails and more open space (less detail) is easier than a drill pattern with more nails and more detail.  This is the basis for our Drill Pattern Difficulty Ratings across the website.
    • For example, the single heart drill pattern would be categorized as a “Level 01 - Very Easy” drill pattern because it has few nails and is an open space without much detail, but the 11"x11" mug with steam shown above would be classified as a “Level 03 - Moderate” drill pattern because it has more nails and a level of detail in the design which creates small, tight spaces that different string colors must carefully reach.
  • String Application Difficulty Rating - this is up to you and how you decide to apply your string
    • The lack of a string pattern makes the string application easier, but applying a string pattern like cross-hatch, starburst, linear, spiral, etc., would cause even a “Level 01 - Very Easy” drill pattern to receive an overall difficulty rating of “Level 03 - Moderate” or possibly even higher.
    • For example, while the single heart drill pattern is certainly in the “Level 01 - Very Easy” category of drill patterns, applying the string without a pattern and in a single color keeps it  very easy, but applying the linear and spiral string patterns to it in multiple colors would cause it to then fall into the moderate level of difficulty.
  • Number of String Colors - this is up to you and how you decide to apply your string
    • Even when not applying a string pattern, the difficulty can be increased by increasing the number of string colors.