Thursday, March 7, 2013

4th grade Native American Weaving

4th Graders have been having a blast weaving! We studied the origin and legend of Native American weaving. using the art element of form, and choosing our colors thoughtfully, we've created pattern in our textiles.














6 comments:

  1. Do you have the directions/patterns for this? What a great project!

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  2. Thank you! It's very simple actually. Just get a piece of carboard box (we used the actualy looms that you can buy but either is fine.) Make the warp threads by wrapping around strings into cut grooves in the box piece. Tie it in the back. Then just weave over under over under in whatever color pattern you want! For the edges, just wrap them with string and tie it on. Add feathers, beads etc. to fancy it up! Good luck! By the way, the boys always love this just as much as the girls!

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  3. very silly question here but I am new to teaching art (went from first grade into this! YIKES) Anyway, I follow your directions sort of.... I will have to use cardboard pieces. Once I cut my grooves, do I wrap one piece of yarn at a time or wind it around until I get from the top to the bottom? And my next question is how do you get it off the "loom"? Thanks for you answers, Debbie debbie.proctor@marshall.kyschools.us

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    1. No problem! THis stumped me too at first. If you want to leave the weaving on the loom for the finished product, then wrap the yarn from the front of the cardboard to the back. If you want to cut off the weaving from the cardboard, then you can do the weave around the front technique and then cut the strings at the top and bottom and tie them together. Just make sure it is long enough! Good luck!

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    2. The ones in the picture, they just left on the cardboard

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