Saturday, November 13

While we were at the Rainbow Gathering recently I fell in love with Tipis. Well, I have actually had Tipi lust for years. There is something so simple yet so beautiful about these structures.

After talking to one guy who had made his own Tipi I was inspired to try making one.

My first attempt is to make a kids play Tipi, based on full-sized Tipi plans, so I can see if I think I'd be able to make a large one.

So I have started making one for the kids as a Christmas present.


The first run is the most difficult, actually has all the real work in; the smoke flaps, lifting straps, the button holes for the lacing pins.

I have done most the sewing now but got a bit stuck on how to do button holes. I haven't hand sewed button holes since my Nanna taught me how to do them when I was 15! I thought I might be able to do them on the sewing machine but this proved too tricky. So back to hand sewing them...


I started on the flap that goes underneath so you won't be able to see  my first couple of attempts. I started to get a bit neater after the sixth one!!! Only 24 more to go!

I finally finished this little skirt that has been sitting down the bottom of my crochet bag for about a month, and have started another pair of women's crocheted pants in purple.


So it looks like I will be busy for awhile...and then I've got a whole list of Christmas pressies to make!

5 comments:

FaerieMama said...

Ahhh! Tipi lust! I have it too! Now I'll be dreaming about tipis all day while I stare out at the frozen snow and ice here in siberia!

Luscious Lea said...

Love the colours in that skirt. I can't wait to see how the kids tipi turns out!

Erin said...

I too adore tipis! My daughter is all about them as well, currently. Excited to see the beautiful tipi you create :)

majikfaerie said...

cool, the kids tipi looks great. I'm thinking I'll have to make a new one to replace our old one soon - I made it 8 years ago, so I should be able to do another one, but it was 8 years ago... hmmm...
maybe after all your practice you'll be able to come over and help me make our new one.

Ariad said...

Sure, I'd love to come over and help.

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