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One ornament to Celebrate Four Holidays! Hanukkah! Santa Lucia! Feast of Guadalupe! Advent!
Submitted by Pam on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 22:42
Follow the next few photos, making sure your star looks exactly like mine.
I love this cheerful little ornament that can be adapted for any one or all of them!
Santa Lucia Day, December 13th. Use red and white yarns to reflect the colors used in Scandinavian winter holiday decorations.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12th. Use bright, saturated colors used in beautiful Mexican weavings.
Hanukkah begins at sundown, December 11th. White and shades of blue make star ornaments that would be beautiful hanging in windows or from chandeliers. I have been playing around with a 6 pointed star, but am still working out the weaving pattern. But I believe it can be done!
12/1/2010 update! It can be done! And here it is!
A big, big weekend! And on top of all of the above celebrations, Sunday the 13th is the third Sunday of Advent.
Since the third candle in my Advent Wreath represents protecting and respecting the earth and the environment, I have created a totally recycled ornament. The pretty center is a reused gift tag! I reused old, slightly bent sewing pins, shipping boxes, and yarn saved and untangled from a failed God's Eye project.
And this little beauty is Diane's very first star! We got together for a "crafty day" in early fall and since she wanted to learn how to make these, I gave her a "private" lesson! I love the colors she choose for her star.
MAKING EIGHT SIDED STAR ORNAMENTS!
Having seen several versions of these in magazines and craft books published in the 70's and 80's, I was determined to figure out how to make them.
They are not difficult, but teaching them can be a bit tricky! But because they are so much fun once you get the hang of how they are made, I decided right here in the big middle of all this Christmas chaos, to post a tutorial showing step by step how to construct an eight sided star!
The tutorial is mostly just photos of each step. If you will simply assemble your materials and then make one as you follow me step by step, I promise, when you reach the end of the post you will have a beautiful little star in your hands!
And as you will see, you have everything you need at home already! Nothing to buy! And most of it makes use of recycled materials!
So! Let's begin!
You will need:
- Cardboard shipping boxes cut into squares 2x2, or 3x3. Feel free to make them smaller or larger as you wish.
- Glue stick or Mod Podge used as a glue
- straight pins used in sewing (eight per star)
- yarn - 4-ply is best to begin
- embroidery needle with an eye large enough for 4-ply yarn
- scraps of aluminum foil or foil paper or even wrapping paper
- optional: fabric, holiday cards or gift tags, small photos, stickers
- optional: Glass or plastic drilled beads for stringing.
- optional: Aileen's Tacky Glue
Got everything together? Let's make a star!
Cut 4 squares of foil or paper the same size as your cardboard squares. Glue the foil to both sides of your cardboard squares.
Allow the glue to dry and then glue the two foil covered squares together as shown.
Place one end of your OUTSIDE yarn in the center of one side of the star and glue in place covering with a sticker or a piece of fabric, or an image cut from a card. Be sure it is centered. (For my demonstration star, I have cut a cat from a scrap left over from a project using fabric by my favorite designer, Laurel Burch.)
While the center is drying, place straight pins into every point leaving about 3/8" exposed.
If you wish, you could place a decorative bead on the pin before inserting into the cardboard. I think this would be a beautiful addition. I am making a star in shades of white with crystal beads at the tips.
If you prefer, you can actually glue the end of your yarn between the cardboard squares. This method works well if you are not planning to glue anything in the center.
The other side for reference
To make your star easier to handle, let it dry thoroughly. If your yarn is glued between the squares, you can use bull dog clips to apply a bit of pressure to hold it all in place while it dries.
The green optic paper is something I found at the Dollar Store several years ago. It was designed to be a removable book cover. Didn't work all that well - too removable! But it is perfect for my stars!
You are now ready to begin winding your yarn around the cardboard squares! Make sure that your star looks exactly like mine in each step.
Place your yarn to the left of the pin at the top of your star and then carry it to the back. I have never found it necessary to take the yarn all around the pin before going to the back. Just lay the yarn to the left of the top pin and carry it to the back.
Notice carefully the two pins I am pointing to and the placement of the yarn. Skip the two pins to the right of the top pin and bring the yarn back to the front on the right side of the third pin.
Note: This is the only time you will "skip two pins".
From the right side of the third pin, carry the yarn along the cardboard edge (to the right of the pin) as shown and then carry it to the back from the left side of the pin at the end of the edge as shown.
Follow the next few photos, making sure your star looks exactly like mine.
As you do this, you will come to understand the weaving pattern.
Basically, you will move around the star clockwise, one pin at a time, bringing the yarn from the back to the front on the right side of the pin. Then follow the edge with the yarn until you reach the point and place the yarn on the left side of the pin to carry it to the back.
Continue winding your yarn in the same pattern - from the back, around the right side of the next pin counterclockwise, then carry the yarn along the edge of the square to the pin at the other end of the edge and around the left side of the pin to the back.
Once you have completed the circle, your star will look like this - one yarn lying along each edge of the stacked squares.
The back! Notice that once this first wind is in place, if you get lost while winding, you can follow the yarn on the back to the next pin!
Continue winding around the star in the same pattern, but be sure you place your second yarn to the left of the first. You are always working toward the center.
Sometimes your first row of yarn will slip down along the edge of the square instead of lying on the top. Don't worry about it. You will be surprised how many imperfections disappear when you have completed the star! I threw three of them in the trash before I finally just stuck it out and finished the star. I kept thinking I was doing it wrong.
Be patient and stick with it. Once you get that first row of yarn wound completely around the star the rest is easy!
Second row completed
Third row completed
Four rows of yarn completed. At this point we will change colors.
Because I am using regular 4-ply yarn, there is only room for about 4 rows of each of three colors. But you can vary the number of rows you use for any color.
Notice, in the finished star below, how the outside yarn practically disappears once winding is completed. Keep this in mind when selecting your yarns.
The back looks like this!
Bring your yarn to the back and tie on your new color using a knot. Don't worry about hiding it - it will disappear all by itself!
Continue weaving as before. At this point, you can simply follow the yarn pattern around the star!
Two yarns completed
The back. Wow! To me it looks a lot better in the photo than in person! You can see how you can follow the yarns on the back to your next pin.
You may weave a couple more rows before tying on a new color or tie on a new color now.
Continue weaving until you have a center opening about 1'" to 1 1/4" across. For this piece I have used 4 rows of purple, 2 of gold and 4 of pink.
Cut your yarn leaving about 4". Thread the yarn through the needle
Place the needle under several layers and pull the yarn through. Make sure you are working parallel to the yarns. Do not pull too tight - just snug.
Make a second stitch pulling the yarn through. Clip the yarn and hide the end.
Push the pins into the cardboard but leave them flush with the edge. Do not push them beyond the edge of the cardboard. If using standard dressmakers pins, a tiny drop of glue at each tip wouldn't hurt - but I have yet to have one come loose. If you use beads or glass head pins, then the glue is totally not necessary.
To make a hanging loop:
Select a piece of yarn the same color as the yarn used on the outside edge of your star. Cut it about 4 - 5 inches long. Double it in half and thread the loop through the needle as shown.
Tie the loose ends into a slip knot. Slip the needle under several layers of yarn on the back at the top of your star.
Pull the yarn through allowing the knot to catch in the yarn layers. Remove the needle and tuck the knot into the yarn if it hasn't completely disappeared.
Your ornament is ready to hang! I glued a photo of Joey, my grandson, into the center of this one!
Make a set for grandmother! She will love it!
Happy mid-December Winter Holidays!
Woven stars are even pretty when woven with raffia! Perfect for fall!