There are many uses for cedar in First Nations art; This project, a cedar mat, is for beginners. It is a small plaited mat with two-strand twining. The project should take about 1.5 hours to complete.
Tools & Materials
- 10 strips of red cedar, each 10 inches long, 3/8 inches wide
- Gerry Stripper
- Lino Knife
- Net-mending knife
- Exacto knives
- Blunt end needles
- Measuring tape
Clear outer bark off cedar tree and let dry for a year
Soak coils, then lay down flat on an even surface (such as a driveway) Cut out any knots (they will make the bark go crooked)
Flatten it out until it’s as wide as your hand or about three strips (using the Gerry Stripper). Thin it as much as you can.
Measure strips per project (i.e., 5” coffee coaster, 7” for jewelry mat)
Take two strips and place one horizontally and the other vertical.
From here on in, you will add a strip of cedar starting at 12 0’clock (see photo), adding strips clockwise to keep it even.
We will now start the two-strand twining. The twine will be 30 inches in length. Place twine on cedar as shown in the picture.
We are at the end and will finish off the twining by following the stitches exactly. You will follow two stitches and end in the back of the mat.
Cut ends evenly