Getting started with fabric and fibre

What the curriculum suggests

The curriculum outlines three broad ways of working with fabric and fibre:

Changing a fabric surface

Children can apply design ideas to change the surface of a piece of fabric in ways that include

  • Stitchery
  • Collage
  • Appliqué
  • Tie-dyeing
  • Batik
  • Fabric painting
  • Printing on fabric

Creating new fabric

Ways of creating new fabric could include:

  • Simple weaving
  • Knitting and/or crochet

Constructing with fabric and fibre

Activities with fabric and fibre for younger children should be on a large scale, as they would not have developed the fine motor skills necessary for more detailed work. Through their experience in handling and inventing with fabrics, the fabrics themselves may come to suggest ways of designing and making. Group work may be appropriate at times, where ideas are shared and children work together in designing and making theme-based costumes or soft toys.