***Update: My weaving handout is now available on Teachers pay Teachers - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mrs-Knights-Smartest-Artists - see if it might help you, fellow art teachers :) ***
It's finally time for weaving! The kids really love it every year and are so engaged and innovative. We are starting a little earlier this year and will start and stop the project a few times during this last 9 weeks, as we need to work in clay and a few other things. So far, we have learned the vocabulary words warp, weft, loom, fibers, and textiles.
I have never had real training in fiber arts, but I have always dabbled in needlework since I was a kid, so most of my techniques are self-taught. I have learned some tips from fellow art teachers too and I really enjoy the entire process. Please excuse me if some of my terminology may be a bit, shall we say, amateur.
This is the back of the loom after the warp strings are applied. The warp strings are like the bones of the weaving as they hold things in place but don't show much.
Here a student is doing the tabby weave.
This is how we prepare short yarn for certain patterns, like the two color stripe and checkerboard.
My trusty Yarn Barn, keeping things under control in the fiber department.
This student has completed a tabby and dovetail pattern.
We will be learning about the history of weaving, which dates back thousands of years, and also looking at some modern examples.
Several people have asked for my handouts. I made these years ago from an assortment of other handouts given to me by colleagues and I don't have them in digital form, but you are welcome to these pics... It is really easy to find diagrams of weaving techniques on google if you want to make your own, teachers.