Step 2: Starting to weave the strips

To weave, start with five strips, preferably each of a different colour.  Put the other five to one side for now so you don’t get confused.  Follow the pictures to see how to lay them down on the table one by one.

When you come to lay down each of the strips you are using, do it so that they curve upwards.  Looking at the sequence of photos you will see two things: 1. each strip must weave through the others, alternately over and under each of them, and 2. once the fifth strip is in place and the preceding ones have been woven up and under it and each other as necessary, you should end up with a regular pentagon-shaped hole in the centre.  Slide the strips together to make the pentagon as small as it can be.

The next stage brings in the remaining five strips.  Again, each one must weave alternately over and under the other strips that it crosses.  If you follow the path of each strip from one end to the other, it should go over-under-over-under (or under-over-under-over), never under-over-over-under, for example.  But don’t worry too much about where the strips cross near their ends for now, as the under-overs may change as the weaving progresses and additional strips are woven in at any given junction.  You are working outwards from the central pentagon, so concentrate on getting the junctions that surround it right, then the next ring of junctions, and so on. 

Each of the five new strips should end up approximately parallel to one of the five original strips – see picture 9.  That will create 5 (irregular) hexagon-shaped holes surrounding the central pentagon.  I have used the strips in coloured pairs so that the parallel lines can be seen.
hard! ?
<p>Well done!</p>
Lunacy, anyone?
<p>Oh yes, great year.</p>
Thanks a lot for this instructable, I have been looking for the 10 strip weaving ball. It's similar to the 6 strip ball, but more complicated. In the book &quot;Amazing Origami&quot; is only mentioned the instruction of the 6 strip woven ball.
I'm pleased you like it. I recently found instructions for a 4 strip version, in case you're interested. See here: <a href="http://www.thecheesethief.com/2011/11/how-to-weave-paper-ball-ornament.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.thecheesethief.com/2011/11/how-to-weave-paper-ball-ornament.html</a>
Quick who can make the largest one?
In Asia a game called &quot;Sipa&quot; or &quot;Sepak Takraw&quot; is played with a woven ball very similar looking to this. Imagine Volleyball, but only using your feet. I'm sure you could find a youtube vid or two.
The takraw Ball is actually the 6-stripes one you can find <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Weave-A-Greek-Paper-Football/" rel="nofollow">here</a>.
From the pix on the web it's hard to tell whether the balls used for this game are made the same way, but they seem to be made of rattan. I wonder how they join it?
I think the Rattan &quot;laces&quot; they use are extremely long and they make it very similarly to a turks head knot. the amount of weave and friction is probably all that is holding the ball together. The termination points of each lace are probably just sitting inside the ball, unsecured. Rattan (or something called &quot;Buri&quot;) is pretty still, almost like slivers of bamboo, just less prone to breakage when bent. It is also possible that the laces are soaked in warm water before weaving for more flexibility.
Nailed it !<br> <br> I have to mention that the start of the step three is not easy ... It took me some time to realize that there are some caption to the pictures that are helpful, but before that, I spent two evening just being stuck, re-reading the text, and not understanding how it can be applicable to my work in progress ... Once I got the fact that I had to group the end by three, then by two, and finally 'group the groups', I was able to go further, just took some time to grasp.<br> <br> See by yourself:
Well done, I like the bright colours!<br> <br> I'm so sorry you struggled with my instructions, if you can suggest what I need to do to make Step 3 clearer I will amend it. I have to confess I don't understand what you mean by &quot;group the end by three, then by two&quot;, etc. It took me ages to make my first one, the hard part comes when you have to make it 3-dimensional. In the end I just kept looking at it and trying until I figured it out. I'm pretty sure that there is only one way to make it work, all the other ways you might try weaving will result in at least 2 strips that go under or over 2 adjacent strips. Avoid that happening and it should work out right.
I think your instruction are quite clear, just a bit difficult to find (&quot;hidden&quot; as caption to the pictures). It would probably help to cut the step three and four into say ... Six or seven distinct ones. It helps to have to apprehend smaller steps, you gain confidence when you achieve them.<br><br>I just finished another one, made from gift wrap ribbon. Here you have to take longer stripes at start, and at the end let it run along its other side weaving it again like the other end did.<br><br>About my take 3 and take 2 :<br><br>When all the stripes are lying on your table, you can distinguish five groups of four ends. At first you bind number 1 and 3 and stick 2 in-between (or, in your pictures, bind 2 and 4 and stick 3 in the middle) Which give you a group of three, and one alone. The next step (once done with all five &quot;sides&quot;), you bind the remaining one with the one that was left in the middle, this is what I called grouping two.<br><br>Those could become two different steps if you decide to split the huge step three into parts.<br><br>Just my 2 cents.
Forgot the picture ...
So glad people like it. Let me know how you get on when you try to make one.
This is very neat, I see a 10 strip woven ball in my Thanksgiving future!
WOW! Assemble the ball is quite a feat! It is very nice.
That is so cool! I need to find some time to try that!

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