My students make cardboard shuttles and lift the warp strings with a ruler
or cardboard strip that they weave into the strings every row. For some
patterns they use a needle.
In the video, there are sophisticated examples completed by seventh
graders. The handouts detail weaving patterns such as stair-step,
hatching, beading, and others, The students make small weaving cartoons
(patterns) before choosing to enlarge one to the actual size of the
finished piece. This cartoon is placed under the warp strings so the
weaver can follow the pattern. You would not have to be this restrictive.
Encouraging "creative" weaving works too, but my students seem to prefer
the direction and instruction to use time-honored patterns in their own
Some of the works became small hangings. Others were turned into little
pouch purses. One student made three weavings and fashioned a "feedbag"
Again, after the initial mayhem of the start-up, they love the somewhat
therapeutic nature of weaving and chatting with others while completing the
body of the work.
In my neighborhood, there is a prolific weaver who invites us to her home
to see her many looms and examples of tapestry and clothing (It is a good
way to start after seeing the video). She even combed out the hair of her
golden retriever, spun it into yarn, and wove a winter hat. This single
item TOTALLY fascinates my students ("Did she have to kill the dog to make
Good luck to all.
At 08:23 PM 11/29/99 EST, you wrote:
>Would these looms be suitable for sixth graders to do?
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