Thursday, January 21, 2010

Student Projects

My fiber art students (at the homeschool co-op where I teach) have just finished weaving their drawstring tapestry bags. They had a lot of fun with the color combinations of their stripes, and the bags all came out beautifully.

The project is from a wonderful book, Kids Weaving, by Sarah Swett. All you need is a piece of cardboard cut to the size that you want your bag. The best thing about the project is that the bag is woven all in one piece around the cardboard, and the drawstring slits are woven in--so there's no sewing or finishing needed besides tucking in loose tails of yarn. The book has a lot of other great beginner weaving projects too.

This bag is almost done, she's just beginning to make the slits for the drawstring to pass through. The students much preferred using a tapestry needle to weave, rather than just their fingers. Several girls have already started making another bag at home, they enjoyed it so much.
During the work time in class, students also took turns weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Everyone had a chance to practice using it, and the result was a pretty blue and white scarf that will go to the winner of the drawing.


Grace =) said...

how fun! Beautiful work. I bet you're proud of them. :)

Commander Kip said...

I liketh my super-long drawstrings. Hee. XD

craftivore said...

It amazing how kids are drawn to weaving, my kids are. They would probably give eye teeth to be in your great class.

Lynne said...

Those are great little bags. I might give them a try, just need to find a child.