Saturday, May 5, 2012

Weaving, stitching, and boy is my room a mess

***Update: my weaving handout & prep sheet for the cardboard weaving project is now available on Teachers pay Teachers - see if it might help you ***
It's that time of year - everybody's doing some form of fiber arts and my room is all a-tangle with yarn and floss. Although I have been weaving with my students for years, stitchery is relatively new to me and I am loving every minute of it. I purchased a huge box full of embroidery hoops and they are so helpful for the students, although my thumbs were numb for a few days after loading about 150 hoops with fabric. The projects are still in the works, so I'll share some "in progress" shots of the 3rd grade sampler stitching and the 5th grade tapestry weaving.

an animation of dovetail weaving drawn in the My Brushes app


  1. These look great. Aren't you brave to have all those needles that have to be threaded. YIKES! I remember what that was like (although we did it with first and second graders who were, perhaps, less able to thread). Makes me want to start a fiber project!!

  2. Christie, I took a workshop last fall and learned possibly the single best trick I've ever known - using a paper strip threader. Have you ever tried one? I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn't know this. Take a thin paper strip about3" long, fold it in half, lay the end of the yarn through it, and put the two ends of the strip though the eye of the needle and pull. It's so easy! The kids love it and itis a godsend!

  3. Did the kids get to bring a piece of fabric from home or did you supply it for them? Interesting patterns!

  4. The cloth we are using came from donations from stores and a parent who had a supply to donate. I also have a large bolt of white muslin, but I am quite taken with the patterned pieces. I'll probably go begging for more over the summer!

  5. Beautiful examples of weaving and stitching.
    I love them all.

  6. I notice a handout on the kids' desk that they are using. Any chance you would share that? I am a new art teacher (actually taught 5th grade for 6 years!) and I'm always looking for help!


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