String spiders web

July 13, 2017

Just two simple materials & a little manual dexterity can create stunning geometric shapes.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: 3+

Duration: 1-2 hours

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: any

Tags: geometry, knot, pattern, spider, spiral, stick, string, tips, weaving, web

Category: art & creating

Preparation

Make the frame – tie/lash the sticks together to create a square shape – see natural frames.

Cut your lengths of string. You will need:
(a) one short length for the central circle
(b) approx 14 piece for the spokes of the web – the length depends on your frame size (from centre to edge) but always cut longer than you think you will need to allow for knot tying.
(c) a long piece for the spiral – probably double what you think you need, to allow for knot-tying.


Step 1

Lie your frame flat on the ground.

Using the short piece of string (a), tie the ends together to make a small circle (this will make the center of the web).

Place this circle where you want the centre of the web to be – don’t put it too close to the edge of the frame as it will make knot-tying tricky.

Step 2

Tie the lengths of string (b) to the central circle, fanning them out like spokes on a bicycle wheel.

Then tie each length of string to the frame.

Step 3

Once all the spokes are tied tightly to the frame, start to add in the spiral (c), knotting it to each spoke as you come to them.

wooden frame with a string spiral

Tip

A slight disadvantage of this technique is that the knots can slip along the spokes, making the web saggy.

To prevent this, at stage 2 do not tie the spokes to the frame, but start your spiral free from the frame, tying a non-slip knot at each point. The disadvantage of this is it can be tricky to do without the web working out of shape.

Try both ways and see what works best for you.