Kinetic peapod

A while ago, after experimenting with random weave puzzle balls, I made a multilayered set of random weave spheres in neutral colours.

random weave spheres

I then decided to develop this into a multistorey set of three multilayered spheres, but with only three layers each. (Still with me?)

I started with three random weave white paper spheres of different sizes.

Then I created another mould around them and wove another layer on top.

I joined them all together into a single mould.

And then wove around this single mould with black fibre (string and hemp).

Then it was time to remove the moulds! After removal of first mould:

After removing the second layer of moulds:

And finally after removing the innermost moulds:

The spheres in the middle layer touch each other. This was not my original intention, but I found it difficult to weave the joining “necks” narrow enough to prevent it. This means that when you move one sphere, the others move too, which adds an unplanned kinetic touch to the piece!

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10 thoughts on “Kinetic peapod”

    1. Thanks Chrissie – would love to see this in felt! The white spheres are paper yarn, the middle spheres are cotton string, and the black outer layer is cotton string and hemp.

  1. Brilliant Kim. You make it look so easy, second nature to you now!

    I think the kinetic element is great….inviting contact….playful.

    But if you don’t want it – could you put two parallel threads through a neck close to say the bottom inner set then another two parallel threads through the same neck but closer to the middle inner set etc. Each set is then confined and moves within it’s own parallel threads top & bottom which keep the sets independent. An upholstery needle used for stuffing could be used as they are about 8-10in long.

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