I thought, that I would show you an easy tutorial for stone wrapping. I am sure that we are not the only people, who have been hit hard financially by covid restrictions this year. So, like me, you might need to make a lot of your gifts. The trouble is, homemade gifts can be just as expensive or more so, by the time that you have bought everything that you need to make it.
I have seen lots of posts on Instagram of beautiful and lovingly made, knitted scarves and hats, but have you seen the price of yarn? So our gifts this year, are either made of things that we already have (fabric scraps etc) or are made from natural materials, that don’t cost a penny.
On their own these materials might not seem like much of a gift, but when you take the time to craft them into something else, they become something very special. A handmade gift, is a little bit of you and a lot of your time and care, all wrapped up to give to a loved one.
You only need to find three things to follow this tutorial.
A stone. Rounded at the ends, with straight sides works best.
A shell that is missing its top half. Limpet shells are ideal and can often be found as just a ring on the beach. I will show you an alternative, using a stick, for those who don’t live near the sea.
Some sort of yarn, cordage or twine. I am going to use cordage that I have made with raffia, but use whatever you have. The amount will vary depending on the size of your stone. I used about 1.5m for this one.
Start by holding a three inch length of your cordage/twine, vertically along the back of the stone. Hold it firmly in place, while you take the cord at right angle, round to the front of the stone.
It’s going to be a bit fiddly at first, because you need to hold everything in place, but it quickly gets easier.
Take your cord underneath the ring of shell and up through the middle.
Lay the shell in the position you would like it to be on the stone and wrap the cord (tightly), back the way that you came.
Now, pass the cord right around the back of the stone and come back to the front, on the opposite side.
Wrap the cord around the ring of shell, in exactly the same way as you did the first side.
Continue to wrap the stone in this way, each time passing through the shell at the front and wrapping to the other side, on the back.
When you feel like you have wrapped enough, you will need to stop at the back of the stone.
Make sure that the wrapping is even, on both sides at the front.
You will either need a needle with a large eye (like a tapestry needle), or something that you can use to push the cord under the wrapped portion. Remember, use what you have. There is always more than one way of doing things. You could even fashion your own tool for the job, with some wire and tape.
This is the other fiddly part of wrapping the stone. You need to pass the end of the twine, underneath all of rows of wrapping, in the centre.
The cord should lay parallel, to the vertical strand that you started with.
Once you have pulled the cord through, pull it as hard as you can to the right and then straighten again, so that is is running vertically to the wrapping.
Do the same to the original strand of cord, but pull to the left and straighten.
Cut the ends of the cord close to the wrapping.
Your wrapped stone is finished and should be looking naturally beautiful!
If you couldn’t get hold of a shell, you could use a short length of stick.
Instead of wrapping through the shell, just pass underneath the stick and back around the front of it. Follow the rest of the method above.
Whether you make this tutorial as a gift or just for yourself, have fun with it.
I am looking forward to trying out some different wrapping ideas in the New Year.
If anything is unclear, just let me know and I will do my best to explain.
It is surprisingly difficult to describe this simple process using still photos and a few words, but I am taking a brave leap into the world of YouTube in 2021, so that I can show you exactly what’s going on, in future tutorials.