Heart on a String
From today Feb 12th to the 18th, we shall focus on the theme Love and all things Valentine’s!
Today let’s look at the heart as a symbol: its origins and significance.
|“Heart on a String”
fabric heart pendant
by paulina constancia
In European traditional art and folklore, the heart symbol is drawn in a stylized shape. This shape is typically coloured red, suggesting both blood and, in many cultures, passion and strong emotion. The hearts have constituted, since the 15th century, one of the red suits in most playing card decks. The shape is particularly associated with romantic love; it is often seen on St. Valentine’s Day cards, candy boxes, and similar popular culture artifacts as a symbol of romantic love.
What the traditional “heart shape” actually depicts is a matter of some controversy. It only vaguely resembles the human heart.
The seed of the silphium
plant, used in ancient times as an herbal contraceptive, has been suggested as the source of the heart symbol.
The heart symbol could also be considered to depict features of the human female body, such as the female’s buttocks,etc.
The heart symbol could also be derived from the shape made by swans’
necks in a courting ritual, which resembles the heart shape.(swans usually mate for life)
Here is our project for today – a heart on a string! Make it for yourself or a loved one.
hard plastic lid or old plastic folder
jump ring or pendant bail
- Prepare your heart pattern (print off from internet or make your own)
- Trace pattern onto the hard plastic sheet. Cut out.
- Cut fabric for the front leaving enough allowance for material to fold over heart shape.
- Adhere fabric onto heart shape using double-sided tape, folding excess fabric to the back.
- Cut fabric just a tiny bit smaller than plastic heart to cover the back.
- Apply a touch of white glue along the edges of the back cover to keep thread from coming loose.
- Poke a hole through heart and attach jump ring/pendant bail. Pull necklace cord through ring. Finish necklace with a clasp or put a bead on one end and tie a loop on the other end to serve as a latch.
Your necklace is ready. Wear your heart proudly come Valentine’s Day and beyond!