We did some weaving at our most recent art class at the gallery, and it has inspired a bit of a unit study over here!
First, I cut out my paper loom that came in Issue 8 of the now-defunct Craft Magazine. Here it is in action:
Fun! We already made a small . . . thing . . . with the loom and now it has me thinking about making a larger loom. I’m really impressed with some medieval weighted-warp looms I’ve seen pics of.
I also dug up my copy of Silas Marner and am reading it to the kids. It is a story of a cottage weaver at the time when weaving was dying as a cottage art, and being taken up by large mechanized factories in the cities. (More appealing is the story line about his cold heart being warmed by a sweet little girl, Eppie, who comes to live with him).
Back to our own crafts, the neat thing about doing low-tech weaving is that it highlights the problems that higher-tech machines attempt to solve. I have a much better understanding of this process having attempted it.
I will let you know what else we come up with in our little unit study!