Spirelli String Art Patterns and Instructions
Spirelli string art is said to have originated from stitching on cards that was discovered by Mary Everest Boole in the late nineteenth century. It is created by winding a thread or string around a die cut shape.
Spirelli string crafts can be used as embellishments for scrapbooking, cards and craft projects. It is easy to make and only requires a sheet of paper, cardstock or cardboard, a pair of scissors and string, thread or yarn. Those were the only materials and tools I had when I did spirelli string art patterns at school. We didn’t have diecut punches, craft scissors and other fancy tools back then.
Preparing the paper shapes
This is how you can make a spirelli string art design on a round card. If you have a die cut paper punch with a flower shape, you can use that to punch out a round diecut shape. Otherwise, you will have to do it the traditional way like what I did many years ago! Draw a circle on the card/paper you want to cut out.
Use a pair of craft scissors with decorative edges to cut the paper.
Again, if you do not have a pair of decorative craft scissors, you can still do this art project with a normal pair of scissors to cut petal shapes or zig-zags around the circle.
How to create the spirelli patterns
With a piece of paper shape, take one end of the thread and tape it to the paper. This side will be the back of the spirelli pattern.
Bring the thread to the front of the paper so that it goes in between two petals near the top of the paper. Bring the thread in between another two petals near the bottom and to the back of the paper.
Do the same with the next two petals at the top and bottom so that the thread continues to wind around the paper.
Keep going until the thread comes back to the first two petals where you started. Cut the thread and tape it to the back of the paper to secure the thread.
Turn the pattern over. The front of the spirelli art project should look something like this.
You can use different shapes and colours of paper and thread for your craft designs.
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