It's a teepee yarn story...

The need it list

·         Sticks

·         Wool

·         Garden twine (optional)

·         Scissors

·         Darning needle

·         Paper flowers (optional)

The knowhow

It actually maybe ever so slightly embarrassing that it has taken me this long to make a yarn-orientated tutorial!! But, fear not today is yarn day and we have lots of other fibre makes planned for the rest of the month! So let’s get this yarn story started!

1.       Go stick collecting! We got 6 sticks about 25cm – obviously you don’t need to follow this rule! You can make them as big and small as you like, just try and get straight ones!

2.       Use the twine to tie them together at the top – if you don’t have twine hanging around them just use yarn. Spread them out in the rough teepee shape, making sure you leave an opening space and tie some twine along each of the bottom sticks to start you shape off. Allow little one to use fingers as ‘walking legs’!!

3.       Cut a long bit of yarn and tie one end onto one of the opening sticks with a secure knot. Then tie the other end to the darning needle.

4.       Now it’s time to start weaving. Bea worked out how she wanted to weave (not at a firery independent one!!). I would suggest wrapping the needle over the top of the stick (see second pic!), then underneath it to come back towards you (pic explains it a bit better!) and then moving onto the next stick. Stop when you make it round to the other opening stick.

Bea's way!!!

Bea's way!!!

my way!!!

my way!!!

5.       Keep going round and round. When you run out of yarn, you can attach more of the same colour by making a knot or change colour by trying a knot with the existing colour onto a stick and then attaching a new colour with a knot onto the same stick. Keep calm and carry on weaving! Bea really got into the swing of this. The sun was shining, the birds singing. It was, quite frankly super peaceful and relaxing! 

6.       When you have reached the peak, tie off with a knot and adorn with paper flowers, or leaves or other decorative finds!

And ta da! You have an awesome teepee – and I have to say I think this is one of Bea’s most favourite makes! She was so calm, content with the monotony of movement! A really super way to spend some mother and daughter time!

We’d love to see if you made this – just use the hashtag #monthofmake and tag us on Instagram (@freckandfire) so we can marvel at your makes!

Tomorrow – #monthofmake number 12 – We’re edging ever so slowly toward the weekend! So what better way to celebrate than to get our marbling on! That’s a usual Thursday post-school activity, right??!!