A Space To Make: At Home. Activity #2
- 2nd April 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
We have another fun craft activity this time inspired by the recent trend of putting rainbow pictures on their windows to cheer up passers-by. The rainbows aim to make people smile while they’re walking by, and also offer a message of hope. Rainbows are used as a symbol of peace and hope as they often appear when the sun follows a heavy rainfall. They serve to remind us that there is hope and light to follow even after dark times.
The current trend appears to have started in Italy but has also been adopted by the US, Canada and Spain, where people have adorned their windows and balconies with colourful pictures. Now windows across the uk are adorned with colourful rainbows and so we used this to inspire todays suggested creative activity to tray at home.
Rather then a painting/drawing we are going to show you how to make a crafty woven rainbow using colourful yarn. This activity is a little more fiddly then previous suggestions so if a young person wants to have a go, they may need a bit of help… it makes a great family activity though! Have fun!
What you’ll need:
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*Jump-ring & pliers (if you have them but not needed)
You need to start with your thick string and the smallest arch of the rainbow… curve it round and make a small arch and then cut it off. Repeat making each arch slightly longer but lining up the bottoms each time. Stop when you have the desired number of arches for your rainbow. It’s up to you the size and number of arches you decide to do with your rainbow.
Once you have all the desired lengths you can then start binding the string with colourful wool. Cut off a length, tie it round and knot it off one end leaving a length of the string uncovered at the end (you will fray this later) you can track the loose end under the bindings as you go. Make sure to keep the wool close together (so you can’t see the string underneath) Go from one side to the other leaving the same length of unbound string at the other end.
Repeat this process with all your lengths of string changing the colour each time.
Once you have finished this you can sew them together from the back. Hold the two shortest lengths together and using a needle and thread (normal thread is much easier then the invisible thread which I used in the video tutorial) stitch the lengths together. You can go under the binding wool in a circular motion. start from one end, keeping the lengths curved and go all the way to the other end. Keep the cotton pulled tight to keep them together. The video shows how to do this in more detail.
When you get to the end knot off the cotton and cut off the loose ends. You can then repeat this process adding a new layer each time. Keep bending it back into a rainbow shape as you go.
One it’s all it place you can use a comb to ‘fray’ the ends of the string… comb out the woven string to leave loose strands. These can be trimmed to even them up once both sides have been done.
Finally you can add a jump-ring to the top (if you have one) If not just poke a bit of wool through the top bindings, make a loop and knot off to secure. You’ve now made a loop where by you can hang the rainbow!
Pop it in your window and add to the rainbow trail! Have fun and don’t forget to share your creations with us… we’d love to see your versions!