First time writing for me, too, as I've been lurking in the dark for a month
or so... I'm writing in response to Shelley's weaving questions. I had the
kids make a small bag on a piece of cardboard they brought in, the stiffer
the better. I had them rolling balls of yarn, which was pleasurable for
them, and an easy first step. I showed them a photo of a basket filled balls
of yarn that was 500 years old, and talked about how interesting it was that
this info was never written down, but just passed on from grandmother to
granddaughter. I asked kids to raise their hands to see if anyone had helped
an older person make a skein of yarn, and one or two actually had.
I had them keep all their supplies, yarn balls, work in progress, etc, in
brown paper lunch bags with their names on them, and that I kept in a larger
plastic bag. I was art-on-a-cart then, and also saw them once a week. Many
brought their work home and finished it on their own. I made our own
"needles" out of popsicle sticks which I had drilled, and we took outside to
rub on the brick to make points. But they didn't work so good, because they
were still a little too wide. Later I heard about large-eyed needles.
And I taught myself all of this on a Saturday by reading about the project in
a book from the library and making a bag myself. It was fun!
Norwalk High School