The PeaCock basket has ping-ponged between Anna and me for more than a year now. It is not difficult to make, but requires a lot of cutting – no problem if you are the fortunate owner of a cutting machine. The pattern comes in 7 parts. When you plan the colours you will observe, that some forms are repeated in greater number than you need. This is to use the paper in full and to give you the opportunity to mix and match the colours – you need not hand cut the pieces you do not need.
For my peacock I used 7 colours and printed 8 sheets. I printed: Colour 1 – dark blue (part 1/7 and 7/7). Colour 2 – purple (part 2/7). Colour 3 – green (part 3/7). Colour 4 – metallic dark blue (part 4/7). Colour 5 – light green (part 5/7). Colour 6 light blue (part 6/7). Colour 7 – dark green (part 7/7 again).
The basket forming the peacock’s body is woven. After weaving add the handle and then the head. If you like you may add a small piece of paper on the rear side of the head to colour the eye. Also you may vary the angle and position of the head to obtain different expressions.
The tail is joined – i.e. each of the 4 largest trains is made from two pieces, while the 5th and smallest is just one colour. Make the two faces of the basket separately. For each face join Aa and Ab, Ba and Bb, Ca and Cb, and Da and Db. Line up. The oblique sides of the lower parts of the a-pieces shall line up – not the bottom lines. Fix in the exact position with a little glue at the centre of each joined train. Add the smallest train on top.
Drop the two tail pieces in the basket.
We have uploaded a video on youtube explaining how to put the PeaCock together.