Diagrams that explain how cities grow, called Sector Models and astronomical maps have inspired the design for the Doncaster Light Wheels installation.

These elements have been chosen to represent the way communities connect with one another and are ever-changing. Big and small circular artworks will be hung up in the foyer of Cast in Doncaster and will be available to view from the 15th September.

This activity is suitable for ages 7+ with adult supervision. 

Please make sure any artwork you make is dropped off at Cast Box Office no later than Friday 8th September at 2pm. Thank you and happy making!

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • One colour wool. See picture for colours. Bright colours preferred.
  • Bamboo Skewers 15cm - 30cm long. The type used for cooking. These are available to buy at most supermarkets

Method

Download the full instructions here with images

  1. Take 2 skewers and cross them at one end to make a triangle shape. Wrap the wool round the point where the skewers cross, until secure and tie a knot.
  2. Use the same wool to tie onto one skewer with a simple knot. Do not cut, as you’ll be using this to wrap around the skewers. Then wrap the wool round the first skewer 3 times, then pass it across to the other skewer and wrap three times around this skewer before passing back to the first skewer (See Figure 1).
  3. Repeat this pattern of 3 times around, 1 across * until both skewers are covered. You’ll need to adjust as you go ‐ a 5mm gap between each ‘line’ of wool between the skewers looks good and keeps the structure strong. But you can experiment with different distances. The main thing is that light can pass through the structure. * Tip ‐ to make it quicker, when wrapping the wool 3 times around a skewer try spinning the skewer in your hand to wrap it (Figure 2).
  4. When you get the full triangle shape covered in the wool, tie off using a knot on one of the skewers and snip off any loose ends. You can make just one triangle, or a few. These will be tied onto hoops to create circles with different coloured sections (see photo below). Alternately, you can repeat step 1, and then wrap the wool in a figure of eight around the skewers to get a different pattern (Figure. 3). Fishtail patterns look nice too. Just make sure the wool is not packed too tight, otherwise it will look a bit too dense.


Photos credit Karen Hall Textile & Visual Artist

Design credit Katherine Warman

Book your tickets for the FREE outdoor spectacular now - The Colour of Light or book onto the workshops