Box woven from three layers

Box 3

The box is woven from three layers of paper. The angle between the two basic strips is 120 deg. and then the third strip is perpendicular. Weaving in this way is much less difficult than explaining how to. The basic principle is that the order of the strips must always be the same. A (red) on top of B (Blue). B on top of  C (yellow) and C on top of A. If the strips do not appear in that order they must be interchanged. Take a good look at the pictures while weaving.

Box 3 top   Box 3 bottom

The patterns below indicate how many pieces you should cut out of each colour. If you have a cutting machine then cut the whole sheet and just use what you need.

box three pattern 1box three pattern 2box three pattern 3box three pattern 4

The box is made from three pieces, the bottom, the sides and the top (the lid).

The bottom is made from the pieces with the small dot. This is to avoid confusion as these pieces are just a little smaller than the pieces for the top. Bottom and top circles are woven in the same way, but mounted differently. The pictures below explain how to weave.

bottom 1bottom 2 bottom 3 front bottom 3 rearbottom 4 rear bottom 5 rearbottom 6 frontbottom 7 frontbottom 8 frontbottom 9 frontbottom 10 front

Use a needle to score along the circle and bend the small triangles upwards. Form a circle from the narrow strip. Use the notch to get the correct diameter. Fix the woven circle inside with glue. If you fix the point above the crease, the crease will not show.

 bottom 10 backbottom 11 frontbottom 12bottom 13

A4 paper is not large enough to room the inclided side pieces, thus they come in two sections. To make the sides first form three circles. Insert piece in colour B in the piece of colour A. Weave first row. Because the side is woven all the pieces need to have same diameter. Make small cuts  in piece B to avoid buckles. Then add the piece in colour C inside the other two and weave. Again make small cuts. Now you are ready to weave the pattern. Look carefully at the pictures and just try…. Weave with colour B…. At the top just leave the last row in colour A. Fix with glue. Score and precrease the medium size strip so that the uncut part is 1 cm high. Fix it just above the rhombes in colour B. Crease the strip so that the cut pieces goes inside the form. Score and precrease the wide strip and fix inside form as a 0.8 cm upstand. Fix the bottom inside the base.

side 1b side 2a side 3a side 4a side 5a side 6a side 7b side 9b side 10b side 11b side 12b Box 3 bottom

The woven circle of the lid is made like  the bottom. But now the flaps should be fixed to the ring on the outside. After fixing add narrow strips on both sides to get a firm and smooth edge.

And files for cutting: box three cut 1 ; box three cut 2 ; box three cut 3 ; box three cut 4

8 thoughts on “Box woven from three layers

  1. I am absolutely fascinated with this design. I saw it years ago on a flat surface and have always wondered how it’s done. Thanks!

    • Fun to see your posts on triaxial weaving with ribbon. By chance i saw a piece of paper Froebel weaving and thought it would do well for my paper objects. Weaving in the third strip afterwards is fine for flat objects, but implementing the triaxial weaving on cones and spheres require you to weave all three at once, because the width of the strips vary. Anyway it is not so very difficult to weave all three at the same time when you work with paper. I made a large number of weaving patterns using Power Point. First I generated the basic pattern from diamonds (60 and 120 deg), grouped those belonging to the same strip, and then I color filled again and again. Great to see how the pattern changes when you vary the succession of colors.

      • Interesting to see how you design your patterns. May have to try and experiment that way. I have just used color pencils on paper. Very Old School. As soon as I get a couple of projects done I am going to try this project. Looks like too much fun.

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  3. awesome! superb! i am lacking words to appreciate ur wrk.. so intricate,detailed with extreme perfection….hats off!!love it….!!
    but i have a query how to cut these patterned paper strips?

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