3 ways to finish you woven star

3 ways to finish you woven star
3 weaving techniques to finish your 8 pointed star.
3 ways to finish your woven star. Photo: One Billion Stars 2021

Ever wondered how people finish off their star without having to cut the ends off?

Or, maybe you’ve seen a woven star that has some fancy finishes to it and you’re like, “how did they do that?”

If you’re a passionate star weaver like me : ) you’ll want to learn all the techniques, tips and tricks to weave the most beautiful star your hands ever did make.

And why not, we have a goal of weaving one billion stars, so there’s plenty of opportunities to practice and experiment!

If you’re in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and you’re keen to have a go at some of these finishes, head on down to Silo 6, Silo Park. You’ll find Vaka to A Billion Stars up until next Sunday 18th July.

There you’ll find trestle tables, pre-cut ribbon and my star weaving tutorial to help you make the star.

Once you’re done, follow these simple instructions to make new folds that make your star stand out!

Go on, give it a try, it’s so fun! You might come with a new design yourself. If you do, make sure to share it with us on social media.

Tag us on Instagram @weave_onebillionstars or facebook @onebillionstars. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #VTABS

Please note: These folds also depend on how long the strands are after you’ve made all of your 8 points.

You might have to cut a little bit off the end if it’s way too long.

Technique 1: 4 small triangles.
Technique number 1: 4 small triangles made from the ends, once your 8 pointed star is complete. Photo: One Billion Stars 2021

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Most of the stars will have longer strands on one side – this is normal. You can still create funky folds with shorter ends. The options are endless!

Here are our top 3:

You may need scissors to cut the end, or just fold the strand end again and tuck it in.

Technique 1:

Step 1. Fold your strand away from the star on an angle. Crease into place.

Step 2: Fold along this new fold/line to make a small triangle.

Step 3: Tuck the end back into the pocket above.

Step 4: Repeat this with the remaining 3 strands.

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 1: Fold strand away from the star on an angle

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 2: Fold along this new fold to make a triangle

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 3: Tuck the end back into the purple pocket

Technique 2: 4 large triangles.
Technique number 2: 4 large right angle triangles made from the ends, once your 8 pointed star is complete.
Photo: One Billion Stars 2021

Technique 2:

Step 1: Fold a strand up over the pocket above it.

Step 2: Fold the strand on an angle towards the next pocket to make a right angle triangle.

Step 3: Tuck the end into the pocket underneath.

Step 4: Repeat this with the remaining 3 strands.

This is one of my favourites, because you get to mix the colours of your ribbons with each other, giving it a another dimension : )

They even look great when you use four strands of ribbon that are the same colour.

It adds another dimension to your star.

Remember, you can take to your star with a fine tip marker or pens to add patterns and designs to your finished woven star.

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 1: Fold strand over pocket above

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 2: Fold strand on an angle

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 3: Tuck the end into the pocket above

Technique 3:

Technique 3: 4 folds/loops.
Technique number 3: 4 folds/loops made from the ends, once your 8 pointed star is complete. Photo: One Billion Stars 2021.

Step 1: Take the end of a strand and tuck it back over itself into the same pocket.

Step 2: Depending on how long your strand is, leave it as a folded loop

Step 3: Continue around your star, tucking each strand back into the pocket.

Technique 3. Part ii:

Step 1: You can also choose to crease the fold of the ribbon when folding it back into itself. That makes a cool effect as well.

There are so many ways to finish to your star, and it’s great for those that finish their star quickly and want another challenge.

Remember, you can have markers available for people to write their names on their stars, or the names of loved ones or just messages for people who will see their stars.

Some people have written names, messages like “Everyone is Welcome” or ”Love” and “Be Kind.” Some have even drawn beautiful patterns on their stars.

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 1: Take end and tuck into pocket above

3 ways to finish your woven star

Step 2: Continue around your star tucking in each end

Make sure you check out the different stars and coloured ribbon combinations that locals in Auckland have made for Vaka to A Billion Stars. They are so beautiful and clever, and they are the exact same stars which are used in the installation of 300,000 stars.

Here’s the details again, in case you missed it:

Vaka to A Billion Stars is part of Matariki Festival and proudly brought to you by Auckland Council with support by Panuku Development Auckland.

FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMMES

7 July – 11 July (Wed – Sun). 12pm – 4pm. Weave A Star drop-in Session

14 July – 18 July (Wed – Sun) 12pm – 4pm. Weave A Star drop-in Session

Tag us on social media using #VTABS

VAKA TO A BILLION STARS | Gallery Space

A curated space created to awhi the 300,000+ stars while they visit Tāmaki Makaurau

Diwata and Moon Goddess

Louie Bretaña

Repurposed commercial materials

Navigators of the Sea

Tui Emma Gillies

Vinyl translation fo the original made of nagtu (Tongan tapa), umea (red earth from Vava’u. Tonga) and Indian ink

Floral Stars

Sione Monu

Plastic florals, foam board and beads

O le ‘Aniva

Rosanna Raymond

Niu Aitu: O le ‘Aniva

Celestial body…never set foot on eart…never needed to.

Not a Sun_Tagaloa-La_worshipper…especially after he impregnated Magamagafatua_Luai and Luana’a…prefers the Moon for company…Maaina…but not when she is full…Aofasa…as things tend to get a bit highly strung around that time.

Venus is good fun. Now she has stopped consuming me. But not in the morning…Fetoao…but when she comes out first thing at night…Tapu’itea…her penance is done. And she is ready for some fun.

The Long share,,Māngōroa…is an ancestor and faithful companion found in the dark matter of the Milky Way..O le ‘Aniva…they are always together. Anchored to the West…Lagi e aumuli…watch them. As they drop our of the night.

WEAVE A STAR WITH MARYANN | Workstation

A workspace where you can learn to weave a star and features two video works which have been invited to awhi the kaupapa of the One Billion Stars project by Maryann Talia Pau

Protection

Tanu Gago in collaboration with Nahora Ioane

A performance piece dedicated by Nahora to the LGBTQIA+ community of Rarotonga and specifically created in response to the criminalisation of homosexuality in the Cook Islands and a beautiful gesture of standing in solidarity with her community.

Babaylan

Marc Conaco

An homage to the Babaylan. Biaaya pre-colonial queer ancestors. Keepers of traditonal and knowledge, ritual leaders, healers, and spirit link to the divine. Demonised and violently erased by the Catholic Spanish invaders. May you live forever in our spirit and memory.

Weave a Star. Start a Conversation.

Can’t make the workshops? All good, we got you. You can weave your own stars at home, using our star weaving kits online. Choose between 50 and 100 stars.

Stay warm and happy Star weaving!

Love and light,

Maryann

Weaving a Movement of People.

Vaka to A Billion Stars
Vaka to A Billion Stars #VTABS. Silo 6, Silo Park. Wynyard Quarter Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. Photo: Creative Communities Auckland.

“When we weave a star for our local struggles, the mana / power of our stars reaches across the oceans to communities just like us.

On the other side of the world, people are weaving the exact same star.

They are weaving their own stories and hopes to meet their local challenges of violence and community connection.

We are weaving more than stars.

We are building relationships, connections and empathy.

We are weaving a movement of people with a shared purpose.

We are actively creating welcome and a vision of a world where everyone can feel safe.”

The launch for Vaka to A Billion Stars on Saturday was epic.

So many beautiful faces and colleagues turned out to support us. Creatives and supporters of the arts world in Tāmaki Makaurau came to see the stars shine.

We got to celebrate the stunning work of local artists that adorns the walls and spaces of Silo 6, including Rosanna Raymond, Sione Monū and Tui Emma Gillies.

Pacifica Māmās showing up in force. They made a beautiful eikatu and lei to wear for the opening. Showered in aroha! Photo: Raymond Sagapolutele.

Vaka to A Billion Stars is a significant milestone in the new One Billion Stars movement. It’s an announcement to the world that we are going big.

One billion times bigger!

And to be honest, the number is not daunting for us at OBS headquarters. Not sure if it ever will be.

We dared to believe that people would come together to weave one million and we got over 2.4 million stars!

One billion represents the relationships that we need to continue nurturing. It represents the opportunities we have to work in deep collaboration with new and familiar communities.

The possibilities for woven star installations and star weaving workshops just got bigger! It’s super exciting and we appreciate all the support from our communities worldwide.

One of the things we’re excited about are our new star weaving kits.

It helps people to get started on their star weaving journey and there’s new kits coming out over the next 12 months.

We have two star weaving kits available, a 50 star weaving kit and a 100 star weaving kit.

Our 50 star weaving kit is great for a work lunch time activity with colleagues or an after school activity.

Each kit comes with easy to follow instructions or you can use our tutorial video. Inside you’ll also find colourful ribbon cut to length and a message of thanks from us.

We want to make it super easy for people to enjoy this ancient Pasifika craft and be part of a growing tribe of star weavers who are committed to ending violence.

Our 100 star weaving kit is a great gift for your local community, an opportunity to bring people together over weaving and food. Like our 50 star weaving kit, included are paper instructions, pre-cut ribbon for weaving stars and stickers.

Star Weaving magic for #VTABS. Paua coloured ribbon and materials provided. See workshop details. VTABS up til July 18, 2021.
Photo: Reina Sutton.

Today I’m running a star weaving workshop and an artist talk for Vaka to A Billion Stars.

It’s my last one before I return home. Open to the public, materials are free and all are welcome. The workshop is wheelchair accessible and suitable for ages 7 years and above.

Drop in between 1pm – 3pm, Wednesday 30th June. Silo 6, Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter. Auckland.

Want to start your own star weaving workshop?

Buy one of our star weaving kits and get started:

– LEARN

Before you embark on your star weaving journey, we encourage you to read:

This will help you to understand what the One Billion Stars project is about and why it continues today.

Star weaving is a traditional Pasifika weaving technique that is therapeutic, gentle on the hands, and often healing.

Displaying your woven stars is a beautiful visual reminder that ending violence is everyone’s business and that when we work together, we can achieve extraordinary things.

Still got questions about the project, email Maryann at hello@onebillionstars.net

Vaka to A Billion Stars, the first installation of over 300,000 stars for the new One Billion Stars project. #OneBillionStars #StarWeaver
Photo: One Billion Stars

“Weave a star, start a conversation.”

PLEASE NOTE: If your life is at risk and you require urgent help, please call 000 (Australia) or your emergency number in your country.

The goal of star weaving is to share it with others and to help raise awareness.

Star weaving for the One Billion Stars project helps us to build community connections and continue safe and respectful conversations.

Workshop organisers are encouraged invite local professionals who work in Domestic Violence recovery, suicide and racism awareness.

Star weaving is a wonderful way to connect local needs to support services in your area.

WATCH

Watch our 8 pointed star weaving tutorial.

The star weave takes about 5 – 10 minutes and is a medium level weaving skill level. After weaving 3 -5 stars, the weave becomes easier.

Many star weavers have found that when you start teaching others, it becomes embedded in your muscle memory.

Weaving stars helps us to remember that we need regular and sustained conversations to address violence in our local communities.​

– FOLLOW & SHARE

We love to know what our star weaving communities are up to and how they are progressing in their star weaving journey.

We encourage you to share, with permission, some of your star weaving pics and/or stories with us.

Please tag us on facebook and Instagram.

We use the hashtags #starweaver #onebillionstars.

Vaka to A Billion Stars. Silo 6. Silo Park Wynyard Quarter. Jun 27 - July 18. 2021.
Silo 6, Silo Park. Wynyard Quarter. Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Home of Vaka to A Billion Stars from 27 June to 18 July 2021. Photo: Creative Communities Auckland.

This allows other star weavers to follow and celebrate your star weaving adventures.

You can also email us at hello@onebillionstars.net with your photos and a short story about who you are.

If you’re feeling ready to get involved and have a few more questions, you can email Maryann at hello@onebillionstars.net and organise a zoom or online meeting to get things going. 

Remember, this project is designed to be simple, inclusive and gentle. Powerful change happens when we take small, regular steps.

Happy Matariki, star weaving friends!

Love and light,

Maryann