Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fork Weaving


When I found instructions for weaving yarn through the tines of a fork, in an old children's craft book from Sunset Magazine, I figured it would be something E (age 6) would love - and she did. C (age 4), enjoyed trying the craft too, but she needed a lot of help, and supervision.

If you haven't tried fork weaving before, it's pretty simple. Begin by centering a piece of yarn, about 4 or 5 inches long, between the center tines of a dinner fork (the taller the tines, the better).


Then, take the loose end of a ball of yarn, and drape it over the same spot, to make a tail a little shorter than the separate piece of yarn.


Hold onto the tail, to keep it in place, and begin weaving rest of the ball of yarn back, and forth through the tines.






When you have the tines almost completely covered, you're done.


If you want to turn your weaving into a flower, hold the fork between your knees, and grasp both ends of the separate piece of yarn, at the bottom (make sure you don't grab the tail from your weaving).


Pull them up, and tie, between the middle tines, around the woven yarn.


Gently push the yarn off of the fork.



Now, pull the knot tighter, and secure it with a second knot.


Trim the four long ends, two from your knot, and one from each end of the weaving.


Fluff the yarn...


...into a pom-pom like flower.


Add a wire stem, and put it in a vase. Or, slip it onto a bobby pin...


...and into your hair.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

18 comments:

Phyllis said...

That is so cool! Don't think my boys would go for it, though. :)

Sparklee said...

Fun! These would make a really nice little spring bouquet!

Ticia said...

How cute! Maybe Princess would wear it in her hair.... Maybe.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I am impressed that E could do it! I think I would have failed miserably with the last part of making it into a flower :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Natalie - I thought she'd need a lot of help, but she really caught on, and took off with it.

Ticia - I turned C's into a necklace. There's no way it would have stayed in her hair, either :)

Sparklee - It's one way to make a dandelion bouquet that won't go to seed!

Phyllis - I noticed some YouTube videos for chainmail fork weaving - maybe they'd like that better :)

Wonder Mom said...

I have seen this technique to make pom-poms too- just cut apart the loops and trim the pom-pom to the size you want. I think I like it better as a little flower...

Brimful Curiosities said...

AH, memories! We made those pom-poms all the time when I was a kid. My mom had a nice big fork that made bigger pom-poms. We made ours into little creatures with eyes and feet.

Christy said...

I have never heard of fork weaving - I love the flower!

I fix R's hair every day and as soon as she gets to preschool she takes out whatever I put in - her teacher said all the girls do that. I wonder why I bother.

MaryAnne said...

Very clever!

My Oatmeal Kisses said...

What a great idea! This would be great for a road trip (maybe, unless it turned into a hostile situation than eyes may be in danger.) You are a perfect homeschooler mom, it seems like you are using your creative talents wonderfully to help your children learn. Win-win situation!

Anonymous said...

Just to add some cultural content, Chinese people actually wear these on their heads when a family member passes away.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Thanks for the info - I'll look that up!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so cool! I've never seen this done before- old craft books are such a treasure! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Fairion said...

Oh wow that is so cool. I think even the dexterity-challenged Froggy could do that and enjoy it.

Witchy Mom's Homeschool and Organic Gardens said...

I remember doing something similar to this as a young girl! Thanks for the memories, and for the great idea for today's rainy day inside!

Vicki said...

Wow, no need to buy a weaving loom.I can't wait to try this with my grandaughter.
Thanks,
Vicki

Theepz said...

cute they are!
http://theepz-madcrafts.blogspot.in/

Anonymous said...

Great idea for a girl party! We will do this for my daughter her "rainbow" party. I will get rainbow varigated yarn!,
Thanks so much!
Sandra