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Paper Quilt Craft
Art by Sylvia Long

Make a unique "quilt" using this paper weaving technique.

Paper weaving can be done with any size of background paper, depending on what you choose to use the finished product for. Paper weaving makes a lovely place mat, a cover for a book or folder, or you can use it as the background for another piece of artwork. Even four- or five-year-olds will manage to weave if the preparation is done for them. (The paper strips can be made a little wider for younger children.)

You will need:

  1. A sturdy piece of paperčrectangular in shapečto use as a base or background. Black or another plain color is effective, but something like wall paper can also be used.
  2. Strips of bright colored paper, 1/2 inch wide and at least as long as the width of your background paper; so make sure the latter isn't too big.
  3. Ruler, pencil, scissors, glue

Here's how to begin:

  • Fold your background paper in half along the width, lining up the two shorter sides. With a ruler and pencil, draw a horizontal line 1/2 inch down from the top side. Next, mark out and then draw vertical parallel lines, 1/2 inch apart, from this top line to the folded edge. It is important to measure accurately, otherwise your weaving will be uneven. Now cut on the lines, beginning at the folded side and stopping at the horizontal line.
  • Now you are ready to start weaving. Open your background paper and lay it flat. Take a colored strip and weave under the first "slat" and over the second, under the third, and so on all the way across. When you begin the second strip, go over the first slat and under the second, etc. (opposite of the last row). After each strip is completed, push it tightly up against the previous one. When the mat is finished, the outside ends of the strips can be stuck down with a spot of glue to keep the whole thing together!

Reprinted from www.bruderhof.com

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