WEAVING AROUND THE WORLD
Weaving is one of the simplest and oldest ways of creating cloth and fabric. Not to mention how easily the activity integrates math, science, art, and basic foundational small motor skills. Our cross-cultural slide show takes you around the world to some remote and traditional weaving communities practicing techniques of their ancestors to make clothing lasting a lifetime. Schedule just one, or a whole workshop series with these offerings:
Back-strap looms have been used for centuries in North, Central and South America. We'll get you started on a few of our looms that you can borrow for longer if you'd like. Form your own weaving collective, group, or club, and complete 12-inch wide and yard-long pieces that can be sewn together into a finished blanket or throw.
WEAR IT HOME:
Our most popular - weave-and-wear a colorful armband (it doubles as a hair scrunchie) woven on scrap cardboard looms. Easy to replicate, this activity provides a wonderful stepping stone to more, complex or similar projects.
You learn how to re-purpose everyday materials into looms for one-of-a-kind works roughly 8 x 10 inches.
WOVEN FENCE IMPROV:
Using temporary construction fencing, or stationary and permanent fencing, create a woven mural with found and scavenged materials like old clothing and scraps. The approach is either as a collaborative work or individual pieces that can be added and subtracted from the whole. Make a woven statement outside or inside!
Best for participants 7 years and older.
60-90 minutes to start
BUILD A SERIES WITH:
Fibers & Fingers
Inca: Llamas & Looms
Japan: Craft & Folk Art
Native California: Miwok & Ohlone
Olmec, Maya, and Aztec
Silkworms to Suits
Southwest Native America
image 1: Barbara Shapiro