String figures or string games are popular with many indigenous cultures throughout the world, from the Arctic to Australia, all around the Pacific, and in Africa. They are typically performed by one person, or two, as in the game of "Cat's Cradle", using a single loop of string. Often they are made one following another, while singing or telling a story.
Step by step instructions with photographs.
Background information with instructions for making traditional Inuit figures.
Descriptions, illustrations and video clips showing how to make basic figures.
Brian Cox, the Incredible Stringman, tells a story called "Going Fishing" illustrated with string figures. Photos and text of his performance.
Animated instructions for making Jacob's Ladder, Walking Sticks and Two Mountains and a Stream.
An advanced discussion of their history and theory with instructions for making new designs by the author, Martin Probert.
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