Have you ever worked with T-shirt yarn? It’s like ordinary yarn or wool just thicker and there are so many things you can do with it. You can buy it at any self-respecting haberdashery or wool shop or you can make your own. I bought three ballsa while back on sale and with all the rain we’ve been having it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to make something. If you follow our blog you may know that I have a deep fascination with the Tree of Life. So with that in mind, I decided to makethis Tree of Life dreamcatcher using the T-shirt yarn and other bits and pieces.
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T-Shirt Yarn Tree of Life
If you’d like to make your own all you need besides the yarn is a large ring or embroidery hoop and some fabric scraps. The ring we used is from an old lamp shade and measures 38.5 cm across.
3 balls of yarn, fabric scraps and a ring
Making the Tree of Life
Start by cutting the yarn into strips that are 2 and a bit times the diameter of the ring. You don’t have to measure the bits exactly as long as they are twice the length of the diameter.
3 balls of yarn cut into strips
Take three of the strips and knot them together, then slip them over the ring.
Tie knot and slip over the ring
Plait, or braid the strips together to form a twig and then add another group of strips to form a new twig. Join the twigs together to form a branch.
Plait the strips together
The only thing to remember is to try and make each twig and branch a little different. Trees in nature are not uniform, some branches are thinner than others and branches often cross over each other. To create thinner branches I used a single strand of T-shirt yarn tied to the ring.
Joining the plait branches
Carry on adding twigs and plaiting them together to form branches until you’re happy with the look. I usually divide my circle into thirds so I know when to stop making branches.
Work around the ring
Once you have enough branches, plait them all together to form the trunk of the tree. When I make the trunk I plait it a little further than the 2/3 mark. I prefer a longer trunk, but it’s entirely up to you.
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As long as you leave enough space for the roots. To make the roots simply split the “trunk” T-shirt strips into 3 to 5 groups and then plait and split, plait an split until you can tie them to the “bottom” of the ring. Leave the loose strands.
Splitting the trunk
The tree of life should look something like this, but with your own unique touch