Last year at the end of the year our building Tech came to me with a box of CD's asking if I could use them.
SURE! I said.
Fast forward to this year and suddenly CD weavings are popping up everywhere - Pinterest, other art teachers in my district, blogs. I decided to jump on the band wagon and give it a try!
I started kids out with a CD, or rather their LOOM. Next, I gave them a piece of warp thread - it was my wingspan, about 5 ft. Students put the warp thread through the middle of the loom and tied a TIGHT square knot on the back. Next, students wrapped the remaining thread through the middle, then around the outside edge, until they ran out of thread. Then, students counted how many strings they had on the front - they needed to have an ODD number (most had 11 or 13, a few 9).
IMPORTANT: The tighter the warp thread is on the loom the easier it will be to weave.
Next class I showed students how to measure a piece of yarn using their arms as a measuring stick - finger tips to shoulder, then how to thread the yarn on a tapestry needle. (HINT: my mom taught me this-- don't use the end of the string, instead make a little loop, pinch the top of the loop to make a bump, put the eye of the needle on the bump, wiggle the bump a little and it will slide right into the eye!). Do not tie on the needle. Students learn quickly to pull the thread not the needle when pulling weft thread tight.
Students then pick a spot on their warp thread, put the needle under, over, under, PULL - pull till the end of the string almost goes under that first warp thread. Hold down the end of the weft thread while you continue with the needle all the way around - over, under, over, under.... when you get back to the beginning the weft string will overlap the end and hold it in place. Weave till you run out of string. When the string runs out - end it on an 'under' movement. Measure new string, start where the last string ended and keep going! (video to come)
The first couple of strings were the most thought provoking for the students - but after that they CRUISED! In fact students would beg to take them home to work on them and would exclaim with excitement when they would return to finish them!
To be done students could either weave to the very edge or stop about an inch short and color with Sharpies.
I will totally do these again!
- Make warp thread TIGHT.
- Make sure there are an odd number of warp threads.
- Make students thread their own needles.
- Don't let students tie on their needles (unless absolutely needed)