Sunday, July 12, 2009

Charlotte's Web Weavings


I am the July artist for the Museum's Drop in Art program. Come by and see me this month on Saturdays from 1-4! It is FREE with a paid Museum admission. (next week we are making Aztec Suns, 7/25 Van Gogh Sunflowers and 8/1 is Monet Masterpieces) Can't beat that! The Oklahoma City Museum of Art offers this EVERY Saturday! There are different artists year round offering an exciting array of art pieces you can make and take home with you.

Yesterday in honor of E.B. White's Birthday, (author of Charlotte's Web) I thought it would be fun to do spider webs. We made spider web weavings and what fun we had!

I prepped for this by creating the looms ahead of time. You will need.

-paper plates
-markers if you want to decorate edges

I precut each plate (I made 17 cuts, about an inch long) around the edges-the important part is that it has to be an ODD number of cuts so your over under pattern will work.

A hole is punched in the center of the plate. (I just stuck a pencil though mine.)

Then to assemble the loom I cut 17 pieces of yarn. Each piece is put down through the center of the plate, though one of the slits and double knotted on the back. Yes, I was a busy girl prepping looms!

To get the kids started we cut a length of yarn color that they wanted to weave with. One end goes through the center hole and is taped to the back to hold it in place. then with the other end you start going over and under each of your "spokes" making a circular pattern. When you want to change colors, cut your yarn and double knot a new color to the end of the old one.

We made little yarn "Charlottes" and double knotted them to our last piece of yarn. To really finish we used markers to cover the white of our plates. Everyone enjoyed making Charlottes!

I think this was a nice project to introduce fiber art to the kids. Although I am a painter myself, I love to use all sorts of things to create!


Kristin said...

That is a really great idea and it looks so cool!

Unknown said...

My kids are going to LOVE this! Now I can't wait for a rainy day!

Anonymous said...

I dont get it

Unknown said...

I'm not sure how to get the spokes. Will you please give more instruction on that part?

Unknown said...

I'm not sure how to get the spokes. Will you please give more instruction on that part?

Unknown said...

I'm not sure why you would cut each black string individually (17) instead of using one long strand through the center repeatedly until all slits are filled.

Unknown said...

Confused with the spokes

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