Created by Karen Irvine, 3L Place, February 2018
Applies to: Creative Expression and Self-Awareness
Purpose: To create small weavings that can be used as small coasters or small wall-hangings, exploring patience during precise instructions and steps.
- To explore precision and patience while weaving.
- To encourage sensory experience through the choosing of yarn, prompting choice through color and pattern.
- To seek and ask for help when support or direction is needed.
- To work together when needed or directed to.
- Ready-made cardboard looms (instructions pulled from: http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-weave-on-a-cardboard-loom/)
- Yarn needles
- Coaster examples (one half-woven, one empty)
- Start by watching a short video on tapestry weaving. Tapestry Weaving Time-Lapse
- Gather at the table and explain activity by showing examples.
- Start by doing an example of a row, talking the whole way through it. Can explain as a pattern, for example saying “above and below, above and below”, to make the concept of weaving more concrete.
- Encourage members to choose a ball of yarn. Members can explore different colors and textures.
- Spend time with each member while they weave, emphasizing patience, slowness, focus, and creative expression.
- Follow instructions to completion from http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-weave-on-a-cardboard-loom/ Members may or may not complete their weaving in one sitting, either is fine. Looms can be kept and worked on at any other time.
- At the end of the allotted time, spend a few minutes going around and sharing work. Have members say a word or phrase to express how they felt about the project.