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Weaving With Yarn

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3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had the opportunity to weave using yarn and a variety of looms. 3rd graders used cardboard, 4th graders used recycled CDs, and 5th graders used cups. Getting started was the toughest part especially for 4th graders who had to create spokes on which to weave. I figured I would set some rules to begin with so it didn’t become too chaotic.

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Everybody was fascinated with the fact that arm span = height. I let the students use ANY COLORS THEY WANT!!!!!! They were absolutely thrilled about this. Here is the wonderful and colorful selection of yarn:

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(They did not stay in rainbow order long after this picture was taken.)

5th graders (and one random third grade class) cut vertically into cups and wove over-under-over-under to create really cool functional art.

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4th graders created radial designs on CDs:038

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Students who finished their weaving has the opportunity to color in a Mandala to go along with the theme of radial design.

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3rd graders used cardboard for their looms:

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Can I be honest with you dear readers? I am really nonplussed and completely unimpressed by weaving. I have noticed that in other blogs art teachers rant and rave about how wonderful and glorious it is. I thought it was incredibly tedious and left very little room for flexibility, creativity, or differentiation. There is literally only one correct way weave with yarn and if it is knot done properly it will look silly and spoolish. (See what I did there?)

Because this unit did not enthrall the kids — some of them downright hated it — I think I will be amending it for next year and planning projects that allow for more artistic freedom.

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Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

6 thoughts on “Weaving With Yarn

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  2. now THIS revs my engine! i totally am a sucker for these kinds of projects where anyone can do them… yarn is my medium when it comes to art, ha! :) i love the cups, i would have been thrilled to take one of those home with me in elementary school (or heck, now even…)! Great yarn selection too, i’m sure they were excited by that! I can’t believe that some kids hated it though, that breaks my heart. I guess I understand the limitations, but still, functional art is wonderful! :( hopefully you can change it to be more aligned to your student’s needs next year! can’t wait to see some creativity from you there!

    • Wow you love yarn. . . maybe you can come teach it next year so the kids can be excited about it. I can make you one if you want what colors do you want?

  3. Hi Mollie
    I’ve struggled with yarn weaving for years. I’ve tried YouTube weaving videos, straw weaving, texture weaving. Pre-made cardboard looms and ready made looms. Pre teaching the skill with paper weaving. I found that 4th graders had a really wide range of abilities…..some just didn’t get it despite modeling and repeated re teaching. Warping the looms was a big challenge. The year we cut our own looms I realized many did not know how to use rulers!
    I see the 4th graders 40 min. 1x/week. I have to allot at least four weeks for the project,.
    I gave up and did an artistic paper weaving project with video from Deep Space Sparkle. 100% successful.
    A Faithful Attempt has lots of paper weaving ideas. Art with Mr. E has fabulous yarn weaving tips, including a great set up for circle weaving on a paper plate. I haven’t tried that one yet-maybe next year.

    I love your cute paper gators!

    • Rina,

      Thank you so much, I will definitely be checking out those resources! It is refreshing to hear someone else who has struggled with this media. I considered doing the paper plate loom but decided to do CDs instead since I had about a million donated. Hopefully next year weaving will be smoother to teach.

      Glad you like the alligators :)

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