I'm still in the process of going through the big unwieldy pile and trimming it down into uniform sizes that will fit on the art closet shelves, but decided to take a break from that, and make some cardboard looms. We're going to finish up the year with some weaving!
My students love weaving. Of course, there are a million ways of doing things, but here's what I do. For simplicity sake, I use the paper cutter to cut the mat board (or cardboard) to a uniform size. I chose 7" X 11", because this worked for the size of the scraps I had after trimming. I measured and marked the spacing for the notches on the first loom. I found I could quickly transfer the notch-marks to the other looms if I staggering the edges (so they looked like steps), and placed the marked loom on top as a guide. With a pencil I ran down the steps. I found I could mark 20 looms in about 4 minutes. Of course, you could have the kids measure and mark their looms, but again, for simplicity sake....
Kids began by cutting the notches and writing their names on the back of the looms. They warped their loom by taping the warp thread to the back of the loom then bringing the warp to the front, down, around the peg, back up and around. They ended by taping the warp to the back of the loom.
We made "yarn" from old T-shirts by cutting a continuous spiral around, and around, the body of a shirt. On some shirts, we found we could give the yarn a little tug to make the yarn curl up--like the loops sold to make pot holders. Tug, and wind up into a ball as you go. There you have it. The rag yarn helped to stretch our limited yarn supply.
I'm a big fan of this video and always use it to introduce the basic do's and don'ts before we begin.
Here is a link to the handouts I use for weaving patterns.
I assess students on their ability to discuss weaving using a weaving-specific vocabulary (warp, weft, shuttle, shed, tabby weave, basket weave, rya, twill, selvage). Demonstrate three different weaving patterns (either in their own weaving or on our shared Friendly Loom). They must also demonstrate that they can control the tension of their weaving to create even selvages.
This year we are relating our weaving to weavers in Guatemala.
I find that some students will take longer than others to finish their weaving so it's good to have a secondary activity handy. Straw weaving and homemade knitting nancy's work well here.