Weaving with natural materials

Hoorah! I tried this lesson from one I had read on Pinterest. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out as it was being completed by students a lot younger than the proposed age.

Here are the final results

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To begin with, students went outside and chose 3 sticks. We tested the strength of them (to make sure they wouldn’t snap) and also the length. We then went onto painting the sticks but first we discussed masking – using  tape to cover an area of the stick so that when it is painted the area under the tape remains clean and a crisp line is created. They really enjoyed watching the clean cut line when the masking tape was taken off!

Next students constructed their own loom from the 3 sticks by tying the ends with strong string. They found this challenging and a lesson on tying knots would have been beneficial. They then created the warp using yarn and winding it around two sticks.

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Students were then asked to think about the colour choices they would make to create the weft when weaving.  When finished with the weaving I tied the looms together to create a collaborative piece.

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