Triaxial Balloon #005

triaxial balloon 1

triaxial balloon 2triaxial balloon 3

Anna made the pattern for this balloon in triaxial weaving. The balloon is woven from three layers of paper just like the “Box woven from three layers”. You may go to that post to get more acquainted with this kind of weaving. In particular the round pieces for the top and bottom may be of interest as they are just like the top of the balloon.

triaxial balloon pattern 1 triaxial balloon pattern 2

If you did not make a balloon before you may watch the video on “ordinary” balloon weaving:  http://www.youtube.com/user/PaperMatrix . For the triaxial balloon however, the weaving is different and the basket has been redesigned to make it easier to join with the balloon.

Choose the three colours you like, A, B and C. You need to cut out the swirling arm pieces on Page 1 four times, two times in colour A and two in colour B. Then you need to cut out one flower like piece from Page 2 in colour C. Finally you must cut out the round strip and the basket in colour A.

Start preparing the two full swirling pieces by gluing them together two by two in the same colour. Use the round disks on top to make an accurate fit. Place the piece in colour B on top of the piece in colour A, the arms swirling in opposite directions. Pull forward the arms in colour A from the slid between the arms in colour B. Tighten up your work by pulling all sets of opposite arms originating near the same point. No unused slid must show.  Add the flower like piece in colour C on what is to become the inside of the balloon. Turn the work so that the piece in colour C is up. Pull forward the arms in colour B from every second slid in the piece of colour C. Tighten up your work (here there will be unused slids, however they must be as tight as possible and equally long). Turn your work again so that the top centre in colour B is showing. Now you will be on your own doing triaxial weaving as you prefer. After weaving all arms shall be equally long. That may require some pulling and lining up. Fix the edge with glue. Add the round strip considering the pattern. Add the basket. Add a piece of string for hanging.

And vector pdf-files for cutting: triaxial balloon cut 1 ; triaxial balloon cut 2

13 thoughts on “Triaxial Balloon #005

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  2. Do you alternate using the strands of C or is only the original strands used throughout the whole balloon? I’m having a hard time visualizing and weaving this one. I love all your other balloons and have done them multiple times.

    • It is the original strands. Did you have a look on the post on “box woven from three layers”? There are some pictures there showing how to weave. They might be a help to you. You may even cut out the simple straight strands and test the pattern to learn. Lene

  3. Thank you for your cute work. I really like it. I’m struggling at the step “Turn your work again so that the top centre in colour B is showing. Now you will be on your own doing triaxial weaving as you prefer”. Could you please explain a few rows further? Sorry I already tried to look at how to weave the box but I could not apply it to the balloon.

    • Many important things in life you cannot learn from instructions. You have to struggle to learn. I consider triaxial weaving one of them. That is of course not quite true but trying to explain triaxial weaving is at least for me next to impossible. What I did when I first saw a sample of this type of weaving was to cut out a test piece with straight strips – you may use the pieces I include for the triaxial box – and then I tried over and over until I subconsciously figured out the principle. For an expert in triaxial weaving please go here: http://weavingahistory.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/a-star-in-the-east-second-act/ . Lene

  4. Podrían incluir los archivos .studio3 para Silhouette porque desde pdf no puedo realizar el trazado ya que no tienen buena definición. Muchas gracias. Excelente el blog!!! Sigan publicando.
    Gracias
    Roberto

    • Hi Roberto
      Wordpress does not permit uploading silhouette files. They only support standard file formats. However preparing the Silhouette files from the pdf-vector files provided for each project is not difficult. Follow the instructions on the FAQ page. Lene

    • Just fix the swirling pieces two by two in the same color. You need not fix the three layers. The will soon be locked in the correct position when you start weaving.
      Yes, we may make a video. Lene

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