Sunday, July 31, 2011

Heart #2

Hans Christian Andersen - he deserves to be on one of the first hearts of this challenge, as one of his weaved hearts is the oldest one preserved in Denmark, created in the 1860's. Not only did he write some of the world's most famous fairy tales, but he was also paper cutting artist - the pieces he made were often gifts to the families, where he was staying.

Template created by: Mette Voldmester

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Heart #1

First heart - 365 to go.

The most basic and popular pattern of the weaved heart.

How To Weave a Heart

As I has promised some of my crafty friends, I will try to take you throug the steps of making a weaved heart. In Denmark we are taught how to make them from a very early age, so don't give up - after a few attemps (maybe even after the first) you will master the art :o)

A is the folded baseline (will exlain in a little bit) and B should be slightly longer than A - click on the image, and you can save it as a template.

You will need 2 colors glossy paper - colorful magazine pages are also excellent for the folded hearts. Other types of paper can be used, but please keep in mind - the smaller the template, the more difficult it gets to use paper thicker than glossy paper/magazine pages. A template, scissor and a pen.

Cut out the template - some tranfer the pattern directly to the paper with a pen, but can not recommend it.

You need two retangular pieces of paper, little more than double the lenght of the template.

Fold the paper - the fold will be the baseline.

There is two ways of cutting out the two half of the heart (for the simple patterns or patterns where both side of the hearts have the same cuting lines, I cut both colors at once).
One is to use pieces of tape to stick the template to the paper. Before cutting out the half of the heart the baseline of the template is to be trimmed before taping it to the paper. Cut the stripes before you cut the outer rim of the heart
Another is to attach the template with a clip to the paper. Again the baseline if to be trimmed before clipping it to the paper. Cut the outer rim before you cut the stripes.
My personal preference is to use a clip.

Now you have the two halfs and are ready to start weaving.

Take the outer white stripe and place it inside the outer red stripe.

Take the red stripe and place it inside the next white stripe - followed by the placing the red stripe inside the third white stripe the outer rim.

The second red stripe goes inside the first white stripe, then the second white stripe goes into the second red stripe etc. so a red square is on top of a white square and vice versa.

When you have weaved all the red stripes with the white you have accomplished weaving your heart. No glue or tape is needed as the last white square is locked into the last red square.

Those two hearts are made out of the base template - just enlage/reduce it accoring to the requested size needed - and the buttom heart only have two stripes since only the middle stripe from the template was used. The two striped heart is excellent for practice if needed.

Let me know, if the explanation of this how-to does not make sense so I can adjust it and make it more useful.

For more inspiration of the basic pattern - click here.

The Dawn of a New Blog

Earlier this week, I had an idea for a Christmas in July challenge, where I decided to use a traditional Danish julehjerte on the card. To English speaking people julehjerte (translates to: Christmas Heart) is a weaved heart. The julehjerte is a Danish tradition that has inspired other nations to use this type of heart at Christmas time.

It created a little request to share how these hearts are created and I planned to do a how-to with the basics - and at the same time show some variations of the weaved heart. Went to the library to get some inspirations from books on the subect. How to pick just a few of those hearts?!

Another of my crady ideas was born, and it needed it's own blog - which you have just found :o)

Originally the weaved heart was meant as a small "basket" on the Christmas tree to hold a few eatable items - we have a Christmas song going "Først skal træet vises - siden skal det spises" = "first the tree is to be shown, then it is to be eaten". This dates back to a tradition where the employees or children at a farm was invited to the farm owner's Christmas party, and they could bring home a heart filled with a few goodies.

The colors of the hearts will be red an white - those are the traditional colors for the heart in Denmark (and it happens to be our national colours too) symbolising Christmas. The paper will be gloss paper - which we use when weaving these hearts.

Are there really 366 (loop year in 2012 adding another day to this challenge) different patterns??! I have found 200+ already and even try to create some of my own. Original designers will be credited, and where I have made a heart following a designer's pattern, I will not share their pattern in respect to their copyright. I have until the other day only made the traditional pattern, so this challenge will force me out of my comfort zone and hopefully you can see improvement in my weawing.

Hope you will join me in my exploration of those weaved hearts :o)