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Circle Unbroken cover To Weave

Circle Unbroken

written by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

According to a dictionary, to weave is to "interlace (threads, yarns, strips, fibrous material, etc.) so as to form a fabric or material". Help students become familiar with the concept of weaving with this simple activity with construction paper.

Each worker will need two 9x12 sheets of construction paper in different colors.

Discuss the terminology of weaving prior to beginning to work:
Loom — A frame for weaving yarn or thread into cloth or fabric.
Warp — Threads running lengthwise on the loom. The warp is placed on the loom prior to beginning the weaving process.
Weft — Threads that are weaved across the warp threads to form the web.

  1. Have students fold one sheet of paper horizontally.
  2. To limit the cutting each worker should draw a line about one inch from the open end of the folded paper.
  3. Then, from the fold, each makes irregular cuts up to the line. Cuts need not be straight. (The irregular cuts make a more interesting finished product.)
  4. Unfold and lay the sheet flat. This will serve as the "warp" and the "loom."
  5. From the second sheet of paper, each student should cut strips,one-inch wide by nine inches long. These will serve as the "weft." For the very young an adult may precut the one-inch weft strips.
  6. Begin by weaving one "weft thread" over one "warp thread" then under the next warp and over the next, etc.
  7. Continue this process alternating over and under with each weft thread. If the previous weft thread went under the warp thread, the following row will begin by going over the warp. Before adding a new one, make sure each weft thread is snuggled up to the one worked previously on the loom.
  8. Ends of the "weft" threads may be secured by tape or glue on the back side of the "loom" when weaving is finished.

An interesting photo-essay about weaving a simple basket can be found at "Basket Weaving 101".