Working with textiles

Weaving on card

Weaving is an activity that can be taught to very young children in its simplest form, yet because of the variety of looms and materials, it will excite and stimulate pupils even in sixth class. The following techniques are listed in order of complexity and yet if senior pupils have had no previous experience in weaving it is appropriate to introduce them to the simplest form first.

The simplest form of weaving involves an adult prepared card weaving frame which has vertical straight cuts in it. Through this card weaving frame, the children weave card strips in a variety of colours in an under and over technique. The children should cut the strips of card to give them practice in cutting skills. The colours chosen can be on a theme e.g. Autumn or shades of one colour or the choice can be left entirely to the pupils.

A small step forward from this technique could be adult prepared cards with wavy or zig-zag vertical cuts. The introduction of a wider range of materials for weaving will enable the pupils to select textures as well as colours leading to more interesting weavings. Try Art straws, strips of sugar paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper, newspapers, magazines etc.

Once the weavings have been created they can be mounted in card frames to create the fronts of greetings cards, laminated for place mats or glued onto a backing and cut into a simple shape which can then be attached to the front of a card.