Learn to make a Loopy Heart using four strips of paper. This is a weaving project great for Valentine’s Day and other expressions of love. It is not a hard project but it does take a bit of patience. Expect to try it 2 or 3 times before you can remember it by heart. The Loopy Heart is made in 3 steps:
1. Prepare paper,
2. Weave, and
Sounds easy enough…
Loopy Heart Instructions
Fold the strips in half with an offset: this means to fold it so one side is 1.5 to 2 inches longer than the other side.
Place one strip of paper on the table so the folded edge is pointing to the right and the loose ends are pointing towards the left. It does not matter whether the shorter end is on top or below.
Weave a second strip of paper onto the first: the first strip should be completely inside the second strip. In this example, the white strip is on the outside (like slices of bread) and both red strips are inside (like the cheese and ham).
Weave a third strip of paper onto the second strip: third strip should go outside of the second strip.
An easy way to remember this sequence of folds is to start at the bottom left and fold: 2, 1, 1, 2.
This is how it should look like when done.
Fold the one remaining strip#1 to the right AND tuck it under the paper from strip#2.
This is how it should look like. Rotate the paper slightly so it looks like the letter V. There are 8 strips of paper pointing upwards. Take note which are the four longest strips. These will be used for making the loops.
Easy Method: Cut the overhanging paper and glue the ends of the strips down. Gluing is necessary so the loops cannot be accidentally pulled out.
Not Easy Method (shown on right, above): Turn the heart over so the loops are now behind. Fold and weave the overhanging bits of paper by tucking it under the existing layers of paper. If the overhanging bits of paper are long, you may need to trim it so you keep the checkerboard pattern. If the overhanging bits of paper are short, it will require a bit of work to fold and tuck the bits of paper.
Once that is done, repeat the looping process on the back side of the heart:
– find the longest strip of paper,
– weave it down the adjacent panel,
– do this on left & right sides of the heart
– cut & glue the overhanging bits of paper or, fold & tuck them under the existing layers of paper.
Cut off the four strips of paper which were not used in the looping process. Done!