So as promised, here are step by step pictures to make the paper plate weaving I blogged about several days ago!
I have been having some trouble with uploading pictures to iPhoto recently and some of them turn up completely black… I have been trying to look into it to see if I can figure out what’s wrong, but I haven’t been able to find out why it’s happening! Weird! So there are a couple steps that the pictures didn’t show up, but I think these pictures should give you the idea!
Cut an odd number of small slits around the outside of a paper plate. Make sure that there is an odd number, or else it will not work out right.
Step 2: Take a piece of yarn and wrap it around the paper plate so that it crosses in the front and the yarn is parallel in the back. Tie the piece of yearn in the front.
(this is a different color of yarn as the rest of the pictures because I forgot to take this picture the first time around with the purple yarn!)
(and front view from step 2)
Tie a piece of the same color of yarn to one of the ties on the front of the plate.
(tip: count to make sure that the yarn is in the middle. For example, on my plate there are 15 slits on one side and 16 on the other side)
Starting on the side that has one more slit, wrap the yarn around the paper plate with the plate facing up. Going from my step 3 picture, the yarn wraps around the paper plate starting with the slit on the top to the right of the previous yarn, under the plate, and then bring it up through the slit on the bottom left. Then up and over to the right, then under and up on the left. Keep repeating until there are no slits left.
Then tie the yarn to another piece on the back.
Take another color of yarn and tie it to one of the ends of the tie on the front of the paper plate.
Start from where the yarn is tied and then weave over one piece of the purple yarn, and then under. Over and then under. Make sure that you do this higher up on the plate since the yarn gets twisted close to the center and it is hard to tell which piece of yarn comes next. After you have woven several over and unders at the top, then pull the string tight. Repeat
This picture is after I have already wove over and under several times and then pulled it tight. It will look like it isn’t working for the first few ones, but no worries! Just keep going and will start to come together!
And now you can see the center starting to form!
After lots of over and unders, this is what it should look like! The purple color of the original yarn slowly starts to be seen less and less. When you are ready to switch colors, cut the yarn that you are using, but leave enough room to tie a new color of yarn to it.
Pick out a new color of yarn and tie it to the previous piece you were using. As you weave, make sure you push the tied ends of the yarn down so that they stay underneath your weaving.
Keep on adding new colors as you would like!
Here’s another close up on one of the weavings.
And here is a final product that one of my students made!
I hope that these pictures help give you a better idea of how to do the weaving! It is a really fun project and the kids LOVED it! The beginning can be a little tricky for some of the kids to figure out, so while the rest of my class was finishing up something else I worked with a small group to show them how to start their weavings. Then they helped teach the rest of the students how to do it. It was wonderful and I love to see my students teaching each other!
If you have any questions at all about the weaving, please let me know and I will definitely help you out!
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