As an old ex-weaver, here's my two cents worth. The tight warp in the middle is due to not laying the weft across in an upward arc with lots of slack. Then, you beat it down from the middle outwards to each end. It needs the slack as much as the edges need the bubble. There are several classic ways to end the warp but the easiest for kids is to gather the warp ends, which should be left about 6 inches long on each end, into bundles of two or more and then just tie them in a single overhand knot. It makes a nice fringe. One can then add thread on beads as a decorative touch. Congrats that you taught these avid weavers how to do nice straight edges!!
Hope this helps.
From: The Austin's [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 3:42 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Weaving help needed!
I have 2 questions that maybe some weavers can answer. In the past my 4th
graders have enjoyed weaving for the most part, but this years class have
taken to it like ducks in water! :-) They are doing a great job of making
"bubbles" on the edges so their weavings stay nice and straight, but for
some reason the center warp threads seem to be getting really tight and
close together. What causes this and how can it be avoided? Mine is doing it
as well. Also, what is the proper way to finish their weavings? When you
take them off the loom what do you do with the excess warp thread? We are
weaving on hand held looms. TIA!
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