Working with textiles

Wrapping textiles

Wrapping is a technique that can use any yarns, threads, ribbons and silk to create an item that is covered with the children’s chosen textures, patterns and colours. Wrapping a rectangular piece of reclaimed card is the easiest method and can be introduced to all pupils. An essential piece of equipment is double sided sellotape.

The rectangular piece of reclaimed card should have one piece of double sided tape placed the full length of its reverse side lengthways. This will be used to attach the ends of the threads to and will ensure that the wrapping will not slip. Cut a piece of thread approximately one metre in length and attach one end to the tape. Wrap around the piece of card pulling the thread tight.

Young children should be encouraged to choose their own threads and may wrap randomly whereas older pupils may be required to wrap in a more orderly fashion to create stripes and patterns. When the first piece of thread is finished, the end should be attached to the double sided tape and a second piece of thread chosen. Repeat the process until the child is satisfied with the design or all the double sided tape is covered. The piece of wrapped card can be glued to the front of a greetings card and a flame added to create a quality card which is individual in colour choice pattern and texture.

This technique can be used by senior class pupils to record colour choices for a weaving, collage or tapestry and the strip can be placed into a sketch book or onto a design board.

Any simple 2D shape can be wrapped as long as the card is thick and does not bend when the threads are pulled tight and the essential double sided tape is used.

3D shapes can be wrapped to create containers, gift boxes and Christmas Decorations.