Paper Weaving

Paper+WeavingI find that paper is a good way to introduce kids to weaving as the patterns are more visible than with yarn. And I keep running across many 4th and 5th graders who have never tried any kind weaving, so I have concluded that this media gets overlooked way too often.
1. I did myself a favor and bought some good construction paper from Staples that was much brighter than the public school brand. One large 9″ x 12″ sheet needs to be chosen for the background “warp”, the term for the parallel lines in a weaving. Parallel lines need to be cut 3/4″ apart from each other, leaving the top and bottom edge intact. This is most easily done with an xacto knife and ruler.
2. I cut varied widths of 9″ strips of paper for the “weft”, the lines that go across in a weaving. Starting at one end, a paper needs to be woven up and down from one side to the other. The next paper is woven in the same manner, just done in the opposite way as the first. Shove each strip close together as you advance and repeat until the area is filled.
3. To add an extra bit of color, the students can go back to the widest strips and add another skinny strip on top. It adds a bit more interest to the artwork.

4 Responses

  1. Paula (Belgium)
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    Dear Kathy,
    Well, done Paper Weaving with my daughter! To see the result of your inspiring blog, click our URL.
    Many thanks. Paula

  2. Paula (Belgium)
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    Lovely! I am going to do this with my daughter right now! Very good reason to shut down my computer :-)

  3. MoziEsmé
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    Thanks for the tips on this – I definitely want to try paper weaving one of these days.

  4. se7en
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    My kids love paper weaving and I like that there is no mess, well apart from a bazillion strips of paper.

    We have done the usual place mats and so on, but recently we made woven camouflage beasts on safari. Here is the link if you are interested:

    http://www.se7en.org.za/2008/09/09/woven-camouflage-beasts-on-safari

    Have a great day and thanks for your inspiring blog.

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