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Weaving

Become a Weaving Whiz with these great weaving ideas - perfect for teaching fine motor skills!

Woven Wall Hanging

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Create your own mini woven wall hanging! These colourful creations are a fun activity that will help to further develop fine motor skills.
  • Step 1Print the template provided and trace the pieces onto cardboard. Cut out each piece and make sure you cut the 12 slits into the top and bottom of the large rectangle. Adult supervision is recommended when using scissors. Place one of the rectangular strips under the slits at the top and the second strip on the bottom above the slits. Use glue to attach and allow to dry. This will be your Loom!
  • Did you know? A Loom is the structure needed for weaving. It holds the tension in between the thread.
  • Step 2Cut 12 pieces of soft yarn 28cm long. Wrap a piece of yarn through the top and bottom slit (make sure they are not too tight). Repeat for the other 11 pieces of soft yarn.
  • Did you know? Warp thread are the pieces of yarn vertically strung through your loom. The thread you are weaving is called Weft thread.
  • Step 3Cut a piece of soft yarn 60cm long and thread it through a safety needle. Tie the other end of the soft yarn to the first piece of Warp thread on the right side of your loom as shown in the image. Thread the safety needle and yarn over the Warp thread, then under the next Warp thread. Continue this pattern from right to left until you are at the other end. Once you have completed your first row, loop the thread over and back under the next Warp thread, continuing the over-under pattern from left to right. Each layer of weaving should have an opposite over-under pattern.
  • Step 4Repeat step 3 until you have completed all of your weaving. When you run out of yarn or wish to change colour, leave the ends of Weft thread hanging by the sides. We will secure them in a later step.
  • Step 5Carefully undo the Warp thread from the bottom of the loom (make sure you do not pull or stretch your weaving!). Use masking tape to secure the ends to the back of your weaving. Use masking tape to secure the Weft thread ends on both sides. With the top Warp threads only, tape down three on both sides, the rest will be used for decoration!
  • Step 6Tie the 3 pieces of thread to the right of the centre together in a knot, then do the same with the other 3 pieces on the left. Cut 4 pieces of soft yarn 14cm long and thread 2 through a safety needle. Thread that through the bottom of your weaving on one side and add beads, securing them in place by tying a knot in the bottom. Repeat this for the other side.
  • Step 7Use the 'C' shaped templates from step 1 and place one on top of the other so they are aligned. Using a variety of colours, wrap soft yarn around the template until it is completely covered and has at least 2 layers of wool. Use scissors and cut the yarn between the two templates.
  • Step 8Carefully thread a piece of yarn between the two templates and tie a knot. Do not remove the excess yarn from the knot as this will be used later. Remove the templates from the centre of your pom pom and use scissors to even out the shape, without removing the two long stands from earlier in this step.
  • Step 9Use the excess yarn from the pom pom and thread it through the bottom of your weaving. Use masking tape to secure it at the back.
  • Step 10Cut 4 pieces of yarn 7cm long and thread through the top of your weaving, around 1.5cm apart. Tie each piece in a double knot as close to the weaving as possible. Do not trim the excess yarn.
  • Step 11Place a 20cm piece of yarn and a popstick between the pieces you just tied. Tie another double knot in each of the four pieces over the top of the popstick. The end result should be similar to the image shown. Now your weaving is ready to hang!

Materials used in this activity

CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue - 250ml
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Barrel Beads - 140g Pack
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Safety Needles - Pack of 32
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Popsticks - Natural - Pack of 1,000
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Masking Tape - 18mm x 50m
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