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Re: Weaving help needed!

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Marand10_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Feb 28 2002 - 06:41:31 PST


When you have the kids warp their loops....(cardboard)...have them masking
tape a ruler or two (stacked on top of each other) in the across the board
(weft direction). Once warped with NO excess at the top or bottom of the
loom, remove the rulers. The looseness of the warp threads will tighten as
they weave. Also have them weave about 10 rows at the top of their cardboard
loom to make a selvage edge. This helps strength the entire weaving and
makes removal from the cardboard loom easier. Show them examples of weavings
that have "girdled" and some that are pretty straight without "girdling". I
called my unit RAGS, RIBBONS, RHYTHMS, and RAINBOWS. We began after the
holidays and their assignment over the holidays was to collect as many strips
of fabrics, ribbons, string, yarn, etc. as they could...even tinsel from
Christmas trees. The results were terrific and kids LOVE weaving. I did
this unit with 3rd graders and used 9" x 12" chipboard looms. I purchased
them through a catalogue. When the "slits" wore out, I trimmed the ends and
made new slits. Good luck gang! Weaving with kids is a blast!

Marty

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