Performance/Practice Poi and how to make them
The most common type of performance poi are made in the following way;
Another type of performance poi are windsock poi.
You will need:
To make performance poi you need 3 seperate parts per poi, they are;
- Finger loops, or some other comfortable way of holding the poi,
split rings and metal hoops are common handles. Finger loops come
in 3 main variations, single loop, double loop and triple loop. Single loops
can be folded over to make self-tightening double loops.
- The poi, which is a string and weight (in this case a tennis ball). The string and
weight have fishing swivels attached to the length of he string to stop
the string and streamer from tangling as easily.
- The streamer. This is commonly made from ripstop nylon, although other
materials such as Satin or Silk. Construction consists of attaching a
length of material to the weight. The material should taper towards the
In this section I will explain how to make a double loop, a single loop is
pretty self explanatory and the triple loop is worth bothering with.
- Take the 2cm by 50cm piece of material (for this example I will pretend
that it is a Nylon strap, such as the ones I used to make these with).
- Cut it in half so you have 2 pieces that are 25cm long.
- Fold one of these in half and place a split ring against the mid-point
- Take both of the loose ends of the nylon strapping and fold them in towards
each other. Keep pushing the ends towards the fold, until they are just above
the split ring.
- Now you need to use the electrical tape to hold this together whilst you
sew it up.
- At about 1cm to 2cm up from the fold where the split ring is, is where
you should sew across to hold the 4 layers of material together. I recommend
using too much thread.
| | Fold the two side bits
| | in towards each other.
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| | | | Fingers go in looped bits "/-\" signifies the top of a loop.
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--------- The dotted line shows where to sew.
| | | |
\_____/ The split ring goes at the bottom, signified by "\_____/"
- There you go, you've made one finger loop, now make the other.
Note: Some people count a triple loop as being 2 finger
loops attached to a wrist brace, this is possibly the best way to use poi
safely but isn't really necessary for anything other than fire-poi
Note: All measurements are approximate and are totally
down to individual preference. In fact that goes for this entire write-up.
Basically poi are just weights attached to strings, so lets do that. However
because we can we'll add some extra bits. Oh and there are dozens of ways of
doing this I'm just suggesting what I consider to be a simple one.
As with every other stage of this process all aspects can be adjusted to
suit individual, skill/patience/preferences/available materials.
- Take 2 matching shapes of material which when sewn together (leaving
1 side un-sewn) will be able to fit a tennis ball.
- Sew them together.
- Cut a hole in the middle of 1 of them.
- Feed the from the inside of the hole to the outside, leaving the tennis
ball inside the material.
- Sew the remaining side up.
- Take a long piece of material and make one end the same width as the 'bag'
around the tennis ball and make the other end thinner, this is called tapering.
- Sew the long piece of material to the bag.
- Repeat process.
- Game Over
Note: Streamers can have multiple layers of material
sewn next to or on top of one another, this makes it even prettier.
Disclaimer & Thanks: This information has been aquired
by me(dub) and written up be me (dub) but has been learned from various different
Poi and fire spinning websites, as well as people that I have met that also
have an interest in playing with toys and fire.
So Thanks to the Home of Poi website (http://www.homeofpoi.com),
Pete (aka Brashie), Max (aka Tennis) and my Mum for teaching
me how to sew ;)