Paper Weaving:- Circular or Oval

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Things needed: a scissor, two contrasting coloured paper coloured on one side, one compass, one scale, one pencil, an eraser, a drawing board , glue and a protactor.

Take the two coloured paper of 12in x 12in(length and width may vary). Take the non coloured side of one of the paper. Fold it into exact half and press. Do this along the width of the paper also. This way you get the exact centre of the paper. Now paste a small piece of paper as thick as any visiting card on the point obtained.(This small piece keeps the needle of the campass in its place when you start drawing circles) Keeping the needle of the compass on the small piece of the paper start drawing circles with a radius of 3 cm onwards. The difference of the two circles will be 5mm. Make some 15 to 18 circles. Now number these circles from small to big circles at approx. each quarter of the circles.(these numbers help in finding the circles after when you have cut them with a paper cutter) Cut the circles carefully with a paper cutter. Now take the second paper. Take its non coloured side. Find its exact centre as above. Draw a straight line passing through this centre. With the help of a protactor mark points at 5 degrees keeping the protactor at the centre of the circle. Join the points to the centre of the circle and cover the whole page. From the centre of the circle draw two circles of 3cm and 3.5cm. Now start cutting along these lines from 3.5cm circles outwards. You may start cutting them just 1mm from within the circle of 3.5cm to give adjustments to the first ring you are going to weave.

Now turn this paper to its coloured side. Take the ring no.2. Start weaving this ring onto these straight strips(SS) one up and one down. Do this with the strip no 3. This time weave this strip up on all those straight strips which were down earlier and down to those strips which were up earlier. This way you use all your circular strips till the second last. Now place the last circular strip and gluep it in its place. Take the 1st strip and glue it in its place. Let the glue dry . Cut the remaining paper along the edges of the last circular strip.


You can laminate it an it can become a useful table mat.


Things needed:- A paper cutter, glue, two contrasting coloured paper coloured on one side , a scissor, compass, scale, eraser and a protactor.

Take one of the coloured paper. Fold along its length and then along its breadth. You get the exact centre of the paper. Draw a straight line across the length of the paper parallel to breadth passing from the centre you have obtained. Now draw at least 18 lines parallel to its right and to its left. You get 36 lines. Now at the 1st and the 36 th line you have two mid points on these lines by the fold that you have made earlier lengthwise. Stick small pieces of paper as thick as a paper visiting card (to keep the needle of the compass in its place) at these points. Now start drawing semicircles joining the straight lines with the help of a compass at both these points. Make some 15 to 18 such seme circles. Now join the end points of these semicircles to the end points of the other semi circle with the help of a scale. Number these oval rings from the small oval ring to the largest oval ring or vice versa at two places.

Cut these oval rings and keep it carefully. Now take the other coloured paper. Take its non coloured side. Fold it along its breadth. Do this along its length. You get exact centre of the paper. Now draw a line on the fold obtained breadthwise. Draw 18 parallel lines to the left and right of this line. You get 36 lines. On the 1st and the 36th line you have their mid points by the fold obtained length wise. Stick two small pieces of thick paper to keep the compass needle in its place. Now with the help of a protactor, at the middle of 1st line draw points at the difference of 5 degrees. Do the same at 36th line. Now join these points to the mid points for the whole length of the paper. With the help of the compass draw semi circles at these two points of 3cm and 3.5cm.Join the endpoints of these semecircles to that of the other. Start cutting along the lines starting from 3.5cm. You should start from within 1mm approx of 3.5cm to leave some space for adjstment for the first oval ring.You may call these straight strips (SS). Turn this paper. Start weaving with the oval ring no 2 one up and one down. Take the 3rd oval ring and now weave on the SS which were down earlier and under SS which were up earlier. Do this for the second last oval strip. Place the last oval strip in its place and glue it . Place the first oval strip and glue it in its place. Wait for some time to let the glue dry. With the help of the scissors cut along the edges of the last strip and remove the waste paper. You get a beautiful oval mat. Laminate it for your private collection. If successful, then you can go up and down two straight strips. You get a new design. Similarly you can go 3up 2down 1p 3down 2up and 1down. Repeat this throughout the length of the paper. You will have beautiful design. You can create your own design and keep on creating as there is no end to it.

Use this formula.

No of division per design x No of designs you want to repeat = No of divisions available on the paper.

0 0 000 000 00000 00000 000 000 0 0 In the above design there are 6 dvision in one design and the design is repeated two times. so there are total of 12 divisions. The same design can be made as follows. 0 0 000 000 000000000 000 000 0 0

Here, there are total of 9 divisions and two designs. There are are four divisions in one design.

One thing you will discover while weaving . You have to provide locks to the circular or oval strips. You will learn them as you keep weaving them as I have done. These locks keep the circular and oval strings in their place. And that is the challenge you have on hand.!!!

I hope I an quiet clear in explaining the above technique. Please drop a line for any explanation.

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