For the kids first adventure with weaving I thought I would have us try straw weaving.
I was able to use things I already had around the house.
Straws (I had bendy straws so I just them them cut off)
Yarn scraps (for the base of the loom and for weaving)
Tapestry needle (optional)
To start with you will need equal pieces of yarn to go through each straw. These will need to be slightly longer than you want your finished piece to be. I found that to get the yarn through the straw sucking on it really helped and the kids thought it was fun to try. Once all the yarn pieces are through the straws knot them.
To keep the straws in place when you are starting I found it helpful to tape them all together. I also thought it was easier to put the yarn on a large tapestry needle for the weaving. Once our loom was set up I had Oldest Twin and Littlest wind the yarn over, under, and around the straws.
Once we had finished a few rows I removed the tape from the straws. Then as we got to the bottom of the straws I would slide them down so we could keep working.
When we wanted to change colors I would knot the new color to one of the outside straws before beginning to work with it. Then when we were finished I used the tapestry needle to tuck in all of the loose ends.
Our finished straw weaving piece! You can vary how wide your finished piece is by how many straws you use. We used 6 and I’m not sure I would really want to use more than that. You could make bookmarks or bracelets, Littlest even asked if we could make him a scarf like this!
Have you tried straw weaving? What about weaving on a cardboard loom, I think we want to try that next!