Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Day Spent Weaving

Kathleen Williamson from our District's Aboriginal Education department visited our classroom last Friday. She taught us about the history of Salish weaving (such as the fact that the Salish took their wool not from sheep, but from a now-extinct wooly dog!) She then taught the students how to use a loom to weave, and students spent the entire day engrossed in their projects. While a few students said it wasn't for them, the majority of the children found it a fun, soothing, creative activity. Some even said they wished they could weave every day! Kathleen told the students that if they wanted to keep on weaving at home, they didn't need fancy equipment, but could make a loom out of a shoe box. I found online directions here: http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/aa01/aa040201.htm Here are some photos of the students, hard at work:


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