Chenille Stem Whirling Dervishes {Tutorial}

Islam has close to 2 billion followers world wide. Many Muslims, followers of Islam, choose to practice different types of dhikr, a devotional act in which prayers are repeatedly recited.

 

Some of these Muslims are the known as the Mevlevi Order, a Sufi order founded by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic theologian and Sufi mystic.

 

When my husband and I traveled to Turkey a few years ago, we witnessed these Whirling Dervishes practitioners at every turn in Istanbul. They were mesmerizing to watch, performing their Sama ceremony.

 

I talked to my daughter about the Whirling Dervishes and showed them photos of our travels. Afterwards we made a few of our own and we’d like to teach you how we did it. We then placed them on our lazy Susan kitchen tray and watched them turn and turn and turn.

 

Supplies

Chenille stems in white (2), red (1) & black (1)
Thread
Wire cutters
Scissors
Napkins

We started by folding the two white chenille stems in half. On one, we added a little loop and twist at the top.

We placed the non-looped stem on about where the belly would be on our person and twisted the stem up the body. Once we reached the neck area, we stopped.

We set that aside to make our tennure outfit from the square napkin by folding pleats.  This garment is  worn over a man’s undergarments and reaches from the shoulder to the ankle. When it has long sleeves, it is called an entari.

After the pleating, we also twisted our napkin.

We opened the napkin and cut a little triangle at the corner with the most folds, for our person’s head.

We also opened the napkin and cut two little slits for the arms.

We placed our person on the napkin, with the head over the opening, so we know how much of the bottom to cut off.

We opened the napkin and carefully slipped our person’s head and arms inside the openings we cut. We used the tread to tie off the waist. This will help hold the napkin in place.

Next we worked on the conical cap known as a sikke by bending our red chenille stem into a rectangle.

We then wrapped the rest of the stem around the rectangle.

So that it stays in place on our person, we wrapped a little red stem around the top of the head and folded the end back into the hat.

The final touch was adding the black chenille stem to the waist to cover up the thread. Cut off any extra with the wire cutters. This sash or belt is called a kemer.

These Whirling Dervishes were so easy to make, we added more in no time.

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach you about our Islamic world.

Halal/Haram Sharpie Light Switch {Tutorial}

Halal and haram are two Arabic words that mean opposing things.

Things that are halal are permissible, while haram means forbidden.

These Arabic words, particularly with respect to dietary rules, are found in the Islamic text, the Quran and parallel the Old Testament categories of clean and unclean in Christianity.

My teen was has been redesigning her room lately and I gave her permission to use a Sharpie on her light switch. She did a little research and found images of light switches with the Happy Potter words Lumos and Nox. She also saw light switches made with Luke and Vadar of Star Wars fame.

She thought she’d have a little play on words and use halal for daylight and haram for nighttime. The design only took a few minutes to create and if you are confident with your writing, you can even do with only two supplies: a light switch and permeate pen.

Supplies

Letter stickers
Light switch
Ultra fine point sharpie
Fine point sharpie

First we added sticker letters that spelled halal at the top and haram at the bottom.

We carefully outlined the top letters with the finer tip pen. We also used the finer tip pen to fill in the space in the bottom letters.

Once that was done, we used the edge of the sticker sheet to draw a line in the middle of the light switch.  We then used the thicker Sharpie pen to fill in the bottom half of the light switch.

Once the bottom was filled in, we removed the stickers. If there is too much bleeding of ink on the bottom letters, you can use nail polish remover on a q-tip to clean up the black ink.

We filled in the inside space of the top letters.

You can leave it as is, or add white star stickers for the nighttime sky.

If you enjoyed making this light switch, stop by these DIY tutorials

Eid Foil Decor {Tutorial}

Khatam Ramadan Window Clings {Tutorial}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more crafts that teach about the Arab world.

Mosque Papercut Bookmark {Tutorial}

Our house is getting ready for Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th, 2018.

 

We are thrilled to be co-hosting this important initiative to get more diverse books in classrooms, libraries and homes.

 

Last year, we received the book Naji and the Mystery of the Dig by Vahid Imani about a Persian girl. The event organizers are in the process of looking for authors, bloggers and others.  We won’t know who our author is until later in the month.

 

In the meantime, we wanted to make a bookmark to get ready for its’ arrival.  Since the papercut Comoros Islands were a huge hit on the blog last month, we thought we’d keep the papercut theme going and try our hand at a mosque silhouette with domes and minarets.

 

Supplies

Contact paper
Cutting mat
Mosque dome and minaret silhouette
Xacto
Blue Tape
Black card stock

We started by cutting out a piece of black card stock to 3 inches x 6 inches. We placed it down on the cutting mat, then taped the mosque silhouette outline on top. My daughter used the xacto to cut out around the outline. You can be as detailed or as free flowing as you’d like.

Once the bottom of the bookmark is complete, remove the white outline paper, cut out a border and take out the “sky” above the domes and minarets.

I helped my daughter cut out stars from the left over sky parts. I made five V shapes in random sizes, all connected to each other.

Then my daughter used the xacto to cut out a piece of contact paper that was slightly larger.  She folded it in half, took off the paper backing to that fold line and added the bookmark and stars.

Once the bookmark was securely taped down on one half, she took the rest of the backing and pressed it down on the fold, over the bookmark.  Once the bookmark “sandwich” was secure, she trimmed off the excess pieces of contact paper.

Here is what our bookmark looks like when it was held up to the window.  Which means that when you are reading, you can also be able to see the words through the night sky. My daughter can’t wait to try it out.

Be sure to stop by these other bookmark tutorials we have made to celebrate books:

Qatar Flag Bookmark {Tutorial}

Moon and Star Punch Art Bookmark {Tutorial}

Or print out your own to color and decorate. I have also compiled a list of 99 Creative Mosque Projects to create.

 

To see more easy DIY crafts, visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.