Sunday, October 19, 2008

Weaving at and for school

Earlier this year, I posted about our library theme for this school year... "Weave your way through the library."

My students started out weaving on an inkle loom. They really enjoyed this, but we had an unfortunate incident at our fall open house... some curious child pulled the weaving off the side. I haven't gotten around to fixing it yet, but all is not lost. There is enough completed weaving to make several bookmarks.

Since open house, students have been weaving on the peg looms I purchased. They're allowed to weave one row for every book or every 50 pages they read. The response has been wonderful! We have three completed pieces,

...and three almost ready to come off the looms. We'll make something for our new principal out of these weavings at the end of the school year.

I took one of my Weaveette looms to school to show the students how a pin loom works. They loved it! I've ordered another one to keep at school for student use. The kids liked the bookmarks I was weaving so much, that I decided to weave some for our Santa's Secret Shop. Our school colors are green and gold. I couldn't find the exact colors I wanted, but the kids really seem to like the Pistachio and Lemon Zest Read Heart Designer Sport that I chose. I started on our road trip last week. I was able to weave 47 plain weave bookmarks from the skein of Pistachio. For the Lemon Zest, I decided to follow the patterns in my book Modular Textures: Patterns for the Weavette & Weave-It Looms by Licia Conforti. I've complete 11 bookmarks so far. My goal is to weave two skeins worth of bookmarks to donate to Santa's Secret Shop.

It takes me about 20 minutes to weave a bookmark. I would dearly love to tat bookmarks for Santa's Secret Shop, but I know I could never tat as many as I can weave!


  1. The librarian of the century, you are!!!
    This is so wonderful to see how you are inspiring these kids to enjoy being creative. It will stick with them the rest of their lives. You are making such a positive difference - way to go!!!

  2. Diane, you are probably the COOLEST librarian EVER!

  3. It's wonderful educators like you that gave me my love for reading. Some girls like to smell perfume, but I was always the one smelling the book :)

  4. On Saturday, DNw saw a skein of HDT in the drawer. He pointed it out and said when are you going to buy me a bigger (thicker) yarn for them? Its long overdue but I'm almost finish with my project which coincides just nicely for their school holidays.

  5. I know I've said it before, but this is the best idea ever! I wish you were my librarian!

    Go kids!

    ..And I am lucky enough to have one of your special bookmarks! Whoo hoo!


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