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.