LEARN TO WEAVE A
1:12 BABY CRADLE
WITH CDHM ARTISAN
ULRIKE LEIBLING Tools and Materials Needed:
- Aluminum Foil
- Cardboard: Thin Type
- Glue, That Dries Clear
- Needle (Sewing Type) and White Thread
- Onion Holder
- Pearls: Small Wooden: For Toy
- Poly Fiber Batting
- String: Fine, .08cm (1/32") in diameter
- Styrofoam, 1.5cm (?") Thickness
- Wire: Electrical, 2.5mm (14 Gauge) ; Cloth and Threads
- Fabric : Thin type, of Choice
- Glue, That Dries Clear
- Lace For Cover
- Poly Fiber Batting
- Pen or Pencil For Marking
- Pincer Tool
; Baby Wipes
Close-up images of materials needed
Enlarge picture of basic supply requirements
Close-up images of cloth and threads needed
Enlarge picture of basic material requirements
Close-up images of tools needed
Enlarge picture of basic tool requirements
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS and PREPARATION
This is a cradle for a newborn baby in 1:12 scale. It is smaller than a child's bed. The technique I used is for people who don't have wood and drill. Make sure you have plenty of toothpicks on hand, since you will be using many.
1. Retrieve your cardboard. Draw a pattern as shown in the image. Including the marks for the toothpicks.
Enlarge picture showing cradle pattern
2. Cut two rectangles like the pattern in the image leaving a margin of 1.5-2cm (?-?") from the lines when cut. Punch holes using a toothpick on
each mark on each of the rectangle sheets. Make sure that the holes in both cardboard pieces are align. If your cardboard is thick you can use a needle rather than a toothpick. Enlarge picture showing cardboard pattern and holes
Q: My styrofoam is 2cm (?") thick. Is it ok to use this thickness?
A: It is not recommended to use thicker styrofoam. The toothpicks will not be visible on the opposite side, nor will the toothpicks stand vertical when weaving.
3. Retrieve your styrofoam board. Mark your holes from the
cardboard pattern onto the styrofoam. Now lay the first cardboard rectangle onto the styrofoam, aligning the holes. Cover the cardboard with a piece of aluminum foil on the surface to reinforce the placement; then lightly glue the four corners in place. Your holes will show an impression on the foil. Begin pushing the toothpicks through the styrofoam and through the cardboard.
Enlarge picture showing how to set up the pattern and toothpicks
Take care - the toothpicks are very pointed and tapered and can make holes in your fingers if you are not careful.
4. This image shows how the toothpicks have been pushed all the way through the styrofoam and cardboard from the other side. Keeping in mind that the toothpicks must stay as vertical as possible on the cardboard.
Enlarge picture showing opposite side of styrofoam with toothpicks
5. On the opposite side of the styrofoam board, carefully slide the second rectangle onto the toothpicks. On the right side is the side with the toothpicks must be seen around 3,5cm (1 3/8").
Enlarge picture showing how to slide the second cardboard pattern onto the toothpicks
6. So the toothpicks stay vertical while weaving, dab some glue on the base of each toothpick. Next, cut a piece of string approximately 1,10m in length (44 inches). Begin weaving by looping around toothpick, as shown.
This will be the first row and the edge of the cradle. Mark an 'X' by the first toothpick where you begin the weave.
Enlarge picture showing where to begin weaving
7. This is how the first row of weave should look.
Enlarge picture showing first row
When you finish the first row, fold the end of the string into the middle of the form. This is end of this piece of string.
8. Now cut another piece of string, 9m (30 feet) in length. Fold it in half and put the loop on the toothpick where you marked the 'X'.
Enlarge picture showing where to loop the next string
9. Begin weaving each half of the string around the toothpicks. You must twist the two strings around each toothpick in the same direction, but on opposite sides of the toothpick. As an example here, I'm using two string of different colors, blue and green.
Enlarge picture showing how to begin weaving
10. From time to time you will need to press the rows down to
tighten the weave. Use the onion holder or you can use a knitting needle. Using the onion holder will allow you to press all the weave down at once.
Enlarge picture showing how to use an onion holder
11. Cut a small piece of cardboard. Punch a hole in opposite ends of the piece. Then pull one end of each string through the hole. This is very helpful while weaving. The two string ends tend to twist together. This little trick keeps the string from twisting up while you are weaving.
Enlarge picture showing a little trick while weaving
12. Continue weaving the string around the toothpicks until the height is approximately 24mm (1"). Stop weaving on the same toothpick that you starting weaving from, 'X' marks the spot. Cut the string, leaving about 48mm (2") from the last weave. Glue the string inside of the cradle at the toothpick. Leave the excess inside the cradle bed.
Enlarge picture showing how to end the weaving of the cradle base
13. Cut a new piece of string, approximately 1,10m (45") in length. Repeat Step 6. Press all the rows down to the same height on all four sides. Dab a little drop of glue on the inside edge. Let it dry and cut the toothpicks as close as possible, without cutting the string.
Be careful and touch the toothpicks with your fingers while snipping the toothpicks - otherwise, the string will unravel all over the room and may be in your eyes. Enlarge picture showing how to finish base
14. Cut three new pieces of string, length approximately 60cm
(24") each. Knot the pieces together on one end and plait them like a braid (pigtail). Enlarge picture showing how to braid new lengths
15. Dab glue on the toothpick ends of the cradle and glue the
braid around the edge. We will have now a basic cradle body that looks like this. Enlarge picture showing where to glue the braid
16. Using the onion holder, press under the aluminum foil and lift up the cradle from the cardboard. Do this carefully around all sides of the cradle step-by-step. The cradle should not lose it's shape on this step.
Enlarge picture showing how to lift the cradle from the form
17. Cut the toothpicks from the underside of the cradle.
Enlarge picture showing where to cute the toothpicks
18. Remove the cardboard. Do not discard, you will use this for a pattern of your cradle bottom. Cut the bottom along the red lines seen on the photo. You will need to cut a new cardboard piece for the bottom, since this one is destroyed. Enlarge picture showing how to remove the cardboard
19. Bottom of the cradle base.
Enlarge picture showing cradle base
20. Using the new cardboard piece, glue the bottom between
along the edges, as shown in the photo.
Enlarge picture showing glued cardboard bottom
21. Next, you will weave a new braid for the bottom of the cradle. Enlarge picture showing new braid for the bottom of the cradle
22. Glue the braid on the toothpick ends around the edges. The red lines on the bottom are the marks where we must glue the runners in the next step. Enlarge picture showing where to glue the braid
23. Next, you will need to cut two pieces of cardboard in the size shown in the photo for the runners. The measurements are for my cradle - but you will need to adjust to the size to fit in yours. It changes with the thickness of the threads used for weaving the cradle.
My example is:
A = 32mm (= 1.25 inches)