I gave each student a piece of burlap that had been hot-glued to a piece of mat board. Burlap is great because it has a nice open weave, so it is easy to see the WARP (threads that run vertically) and WEFT (threads that run right to weft, er, I mean LEFT).
The students can weave yarn into the spaces of the fabric or can gently pull on the weft threads of the burlap and remove them to create spaces where the exposed warp threads can be tied together or larger ribbons can be woven in.
I created an example board for the students to view during my discussion. It shows the following:
1. Yellow thread: Single strand woven in one row.
2. Purple threads: Single strand woven into three rows (multiple rows).
3. Multi-colored Fuzzy Yarn: Single strand using large "stitches" so that the fuzzies can be easily seen.
4. Dark Purple Eyelash Yarn: Single Row, large stitches.
5. Burgundy Yarn: Single row with beads and a fuzzy yarn stitched along with it. Stitched in an open area of the burlap where the weft threads have been removed.
6. Burgundy Yarn (2): Single row stitched into the plain burlap
7. Pale green: Single strand woven in a pattern. You could also do X's or other patterns.
|Burlap Weaving: First Example|
8. Ribbon woven into a section where the weft threads have been removed. Ends are tacked down with hot glue on the back of the piece.
9. Section where weft threads were removed and remaining warp threads were gathered and tied. Some with yarn and one with yarn with bead added.
10. Stamping with acrylic paints. Diamonds, squares, etc.
11. Fringe: Fringe created using yarn and an example of fringe created by removing the last few weft rows.
|Burlap Weaving: Second Example|
The possibilities are endless with this. I also provided some acrylic paints and stamps with Navajo motifs that the children could add to their pieces. Here are the step-by-step directions:
- Burlap (I bought ours at a fabric store)
- Mat Board, optional (I glue to top edge of the burlap to the board to keep the whole thing from fraying apart as the children work. The final piece looks more finished this way)
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Assorted yarn and ribbon
- Beads (I used plastic pony beads)
- Plastic needle (easy to thread the yarn through and won't poke little fingers)
- Acrylic Paints, brushes, craft foam, optional
|Stamps Include a starburst-like shape, diamonds and squares.|
|The student said this is an "Elvis-inspired" weaving!|
|The student said this is a Christmas-inspired weaving.|
|Painting and eyelash yarn create a nice symmetrical image.|