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« on: March 31, 2008 03:24:34 PM »

Last summer I discovered a performance art called Poi, which is from the maori people of New Zealand.   The very day I learned how to do some of the more basic moves, I discovered a pair of flag poi that one of the other performers had made.  These actually helped me to learn, because they forced me to slow down and really take my moves apart.  So, after I was asked in PM for a tute to make them, I figured I would post said tute, and maybe someone else was wanting to know but didn't want to ask



Each of the straight sides is about 16 inches long, and the other end is rounded, so it looks like a rounded bottom triangle.  I bought the biggest ball chain they had at ace hardware, I *think* it is 5/8 inch balls.  Hem the other two sides and then you're going to make a very narrow casing along the other straight side and thread 17" of the chain through it.  Take a needle and thread and sew over the chain at the bottom and top very tightly to keep it from moving around in the casing (if you want, you can sew between every link the entire length up, but you really should only need the first inch on each end secured like that)

At the top, you may want to get quicklink connectors from http://www.flammaaeterna.com/p-900-ball-chain-connectors.aspx
and you slip the end ball into the connector and pinch it shot.  The hole is for a split ring and to make the handle I took an 8 inch piece of 1 inch wide grosgrain ribbon and folded it in half to crease it, then unfolded it and folded each end into the middle and holding the ends, put it through the split ring and fold the ribbon in half around it so you have double loop handles (for practice poi I LOVE double loops.  For fire, I prefer singles because I cat's paw them) and sew as close to the ring as you can and still catch the ends of the ribbon without breaking your needle.  Sew over this a couple times to make sure it won't come apart.

Repeat 1 more time to make the mate.
Mine are made out of satin material, and it frays like crazy, anything lightweight will work.  The pair that inspired me were made from one of those short wrap around swim suit cover ups that were cut in half.

Let me know if any of this is unclear or you have any questions
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008 03:56:51 PM »

 Shocked Wow, that's beautiful. I'm not familiar with Poi, but I'll have to go look it up now!
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008 03:59:36 PM »

another way to make a pair of poi is to scrunch up newspaper and wrap in supermarket bags, plait some wool for the string and tie on, thats how we start off learning, they are light and dont hurt if you mistakenly hit yourself or someone else (Im from NZ, we learn basic poi in Maori studies)
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2008 05:31:01 PM »

Oh I've been wanting to learn poi for ages. but the poi you buy in stores are so expensive.

I think I'll make my own now Cheesy
Thanks for the tute
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008 08:21:54 PM »

another way to make a pair of poi is to scrunch up newspaper and wrap in supermarket bags, plait some wool for the string and tie on, thats how we start off learning, they are light and dont hurt if you mistakenly hit yourself or someone else (Im from NZ, we learn basic poi in Maori studies)

The way my instructor had us learn was to take a pair of tube socks and put tennis balls in the toes and tie the ends off.  They don't hurt as bad as say....my glow poi, or fire poi would, but they are great for getting moves down.  The reason I liked the flags is because the flags have drag, and it forced me to slow down and really learn a move, rather than going through the motions.

I actually took a pair of my daughters thicker cotton tights and made her a set of little poi with rice sacks for weight (they are really light) so that she could practice when I was...
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2008 08:50:54 AM »

Thanks for the Tute.  I've been looking for one for the flags.  I'd love to spin fire, but I have to stick to flags- fire  danger here is high so hubby says FLAGS only. 

I was told once I could also use old curtain weights in place of your ball chain. 
Think I'll try this this afternoon..! 
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2008 04:20:13 PM »

lol, I think they may have given us paper as a group of 13year old can be fairly dangerous with poi  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008 08:37:58 PM »

Yay poi! Thanks for the tute, I've been wanting to make myself a pair of these for a few months - just haven't been able to decide on the right fabric.
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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008 11:06:40 AM »

lol, I think they may have given us paper as a group of 13year old can be fairly dangerous with poi  Cheesy

I can just imagine 13 year old boys swinging poi around....scary....You're probably right.  Newspaper in plastic bags is probably a better alternative.  Idiots with nunchaku come to mind, actually.  LOL.
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