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Weave or Knot!

Weave or Knot!
Students learn all about knots and weaving on a loom in 5 sessions as they build and assemble their own reusable backstrap loom! Once constructed, each student will weave a long sample using colorful yarn scraps. The portable looms are easy to store and set up at any location! Students learn how to finish their weaving and then are challenged to apply their experience directly to the operation of traditional floor loom. Weave fiber knowledge and technology developed since the beginning of history into your art, science, or social studies curriculum! See woven materials from other cultures and time periods you choose. Well suited to grades 3 to 5 but adaptable to all ages including adults. Also available in collaborative weaving format.

Artist Background

Jan French is a multi-fiber artist teaching in Triangle classrooms, festivals, museums, historical sites and shops since 2007. She has worked as a Teaching Artist for the Durham Arts Council's CAPS program since 2009. While living in Durham she earned graduate degrees in environmental management and design and worked as an environmental planner. She enjoys researching traditional weaving techniques and fibers in ancient history to modern cultures, including local textiles. Consequently, Ms. French uses a multidisciplinary and hands-on approach to help students explore traditional fiber crafts (weaving, spinning, and felting).

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