Working with textiles

Weaving looms in the junior classes

Pupils in the junior classes can create their own looms using a shoe box, carpet tape and lolly sticks. The lolly sticks can be glued to opposite ends of the shoe box, either the short or the long sides yet they must be secured firmly with carpet tape placed over them to ensure that under strain from the warp threads the lolly sticks are not pulled off. One end of the warp thread should be tied to one of the corner lolly sticks and wrapped around the lolly sticks alternately from one end to the other. A shuttle can be created from thick card to thread the weft yarns over and under the warp or a plastic bodkin can be used. In the senior classes the pupils can make a weaving loom from 4 pieces of strip wood and triangulated corner strengtheners glued on the front and the back of the corners of the square or rectangular frame. Drilled holes can be made to place pieces of dowel in to attach the warp thread or panel pins can be used.

The children are now taking full control over the size and shape of their weaving and to assist in this independence an extremely wide range of materials should be provided in a variety of colours e.g. ribbon, threads of different materials, wools, strips of fabric, pipe cleaners, tinsel etc.

The weaving is removed from the loom by unhooking the warp threads from the dowel or panel pins and dowel or square section wood threaded through the loops to create a stable wall hanging. To complete the wall hanging braids, tassels, finger knitting, feathers, sequins and beads can be attached by sewing or gluing to the finished piece of woven fabric.