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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Weaving Wonders Part 3
Paper Weaving. One of the projects I did with the kids for my Weaving Wonders Camp was Paper Weaving. Paper weaving is, of course, one of the first and most basic types of weaving. Kids in kindergarten, first or second grade will often complete paper weavings as introduction to weaving.
Preparation: Gather fancy scrapbook paper, with patterns, bright colors and maybe even glitter. Add some solid colors if you wish. Cut strips on a paper cutter, approximately 1/2-1 inch thick. Don't be too obsessive about making them exactly the same size, you'll go crazy.
Starting to Weave: Line up all of your strips on the table, making sure there are no overlapping edges. Take a long piece of masking tape and tape the strips down at the top edge. These kids, kindergarten-4th grade, finished the project in about 30 minutes. If you are worried your kids won't finish before the class ends, then have them tape the strips to a piece of cardboard so you can pack them up at the end of class.
Weaving: Just like in any other paper weaving, take a strip and weave over and under each of the taped strips. The following strip will need to be woven the opposite way, under-- then over.
To finish: Trim the edges, glue down all the ends on all four sides. Gently remove the tape. Cut a piece of poster board slightly bigger than the finished weaving. Apply hotglue on the back of the weaving and mount it to the poster board to finish the work.