Sunday, March 14, 2010
while visiting my friend estelle this week i went crazy over a groovy little trivet she used for her coffee. it was made out of magazines, and it looked like the pages had been cut into strips, rolled into spirals and then bound together with thread. that seemed way too much work for my liking, but i loved the idea and wondered if i could dumb it down a bit by doing a simple, elementary school kind of weaving.
and so i tried. i ripped out pages of the anthropologie catalog (which i also use for note taking and word gathering and then cut and paste into my journals) as well as vanity fair, and folded 28-ish strips that wound up being more or less 3/4" wide. i used mr. tapey (i'm not allowed to call it a tape gun around my daughter; it makes her upset) to seal the strips, but a glue stick would work fine too. did the weaving, trimmed off the uneven ends and didn't like the unfinished look, so i used some painter's tape to seal the raw edges. problem solved. sealed it with a few coats of mod podge and was done. it was a little uneven, and i came out a row short, but not too bad for a first pass. the tricky part is wedging the strips so that they stay straight and close together, which is harder to do with paper than yarn or fiber. but the thickness of the folded paper made it just perfect for a trivet. after the mod podge was dried it felt almost like a thick piece of fabric. i wouldn't put anything super hot on it, but it would work well as a decorative piece for the table.
yes, that last photo was staged, and rather sloppily, too, seeing that i didn't bother to move that kiddie cart out of view. and no, there's no coffee in that cup, but there will be in the morning!