Weaving on a hula hoop frame with recycled T-shirts part 2

This is part 2 of weaving on a hula hoop frame with T-shirts. We introduced a new colour after a couple of rows. After the colour white the kids decided to choose the rainbow colour. We were lucky enough to have a rainbow tie dyed T-shirt. I showed them another weaving technique called Soumak. weavingdreamcatchertechniquewm



After this we used some left over fleece from the softies I make. We choose orange. We cut strips 1 inch by 5inches long. My daughter said she wanted to make it like the sun. Her playdates agreed.



After a lot of debating over whether to do the tufting all the way around, it was decided to do it just half the way around in orange.




It’s great for the children to see this starting to come together as a piece bit by bit, it starts to grow over time.

We did a bit of thinking outside the box and one of the days, we were using air drying clay. We discussed maybe putting some on the dream catcher.



Weaving on a Hula hoop frame with kids



Old recycled T-shirts cut into strips and rolled up into balls

Weaving on a hula hoop is so much fun to do with your kids. It was something we started during the summer holidays. We decided to use little frames first just to get used to the principals of weaving.


One of my children’s friends weaving on a frame.

I was doing a summer clean out from their wardrobes, so I had lots of old t-shirts in bright colours which decided to keep for weaving. Just cut them up 1 inch thickness, cut back and forth across the t-shirt to make one long ball of fabric to use.


Diagram of warp and weft used for tapestry and weaving

If you never did weaving before, you need a warp, which runs vertical and a weft, which runs horizontal.  The warp is what you set up using string or you can use the strips of t-shirts. I personally think the string was better, as it’s not as stretchy and less likely to slide around.


Our hula hoop frame with the warp finished and ready to weave upon

Unlike weaving on a wooden frame, with this you don’t use one continuous piece of string. It’s individual pieces of string that are stretched across the frame and tied on the other side.


The hula hoop frame on our multi-coloured patio…

Once you have it set up you can begin to weave. The kids loved this and we decided to use the two colours above. Whilst we were weaving with their two friends, my son decided to go outside and with chalks he started to draw flags from around the world, hence the colourful background behind the weaving!. This is my patio..




Studying the flags of the world and drawing them out on our drive way




I think with children, art and craft activities never turn out how you expect. I love just allowing them explore. They can teach us a thing or two along the way.  So if that means putting the weaving down for a while to draw on the pavement go ahead…








I will continue this in another post next Sunday night.

Jacinta &co xx






Marbling inks with kids

I decided to buy marbling inks for the kids during the summer. I thought in between summer camps and day trips it would be an interesting art activity to make with them.

Here is a list of what you needmarblingstirringinkwm

Old T-shirts

A tray we used an old pyrex dish



Marbling inks


Fill the tray with water. Allow your child to choose the colours, squeeze the different colours they have choosen into the tray. A small amount is needed from the different bottles.

marblingstirringwmOnce this is done your child can use a paintbrush to move the ink around and create a pattern or sometimes, we left the little droplets without touching them.

Gently pat the paper in the tray

Gently pat the paper in the tray

Now you can hold one corner of the paper and take it up out of the tray. This is where a big smile should  spread across your kids face once they see the patterns they are creating.pullingitupfrominkwm

marblingpullingitupwmAs one of our friends children was starting a big adventure in secondary school, we decided to send some cards to her. So the kids choose from all the different patterns.

Lots of beautiful paper

Lots of beautiful paper

They decided to draw and use some of the paper like a collage. Just tear up some of the sheets and stick them with pritt stick to the drawing.

marbling inks, fun with you kids

Using markers and different coloured paper to make a card.

Marbling Inks, fun with your kids

One of the cards made for our friend

Now be careful when your child hands you a blocked tube of ink. If like me you squirt it and an explosion happens, you look at your kids either side of you splattered with orange ink.  I don’t have any photographic evidence of this. But what you do then is laugh, because that is what this is all about it’s  about having fun with your kids….

Jacinta & Family xx


Sowing the seeds …….


The kids sowing seeds in trays.

The kids sowing seeds in trays.

Our kids have been sowing seeds since they were tiny. I grew up in the country, then moving to the city I really missed nature. As I said, our house is tiny , but we are lucky that we have a big garden. We wish it was the other way around, but it isn’t so. “Cest la vie”.

But, it really is such a great outdoor space. It’s a space to escape to and lose oneself in quite solitude for a couple of hours mediation. The kids love it. Unfortunately, in the past two years it has become overgrown and hasn’t received the love it had received in the past. So it was time to regain our piece of nature.

Making way for new growth

Making way for new growth

So, this weekend we decided to clear away the debris and make way for new growth. My dad used to slag us off when we first moved into the house saying we were like the couple from  “The Good Life”. Now I don’t think I would go to the extremes they went to. We did have a lot of fun though creating a little wilderness in our backyard.

Our garden Gargoyle standing gaurd over the cut branches...

Our garden Gargoyle standing guard over the cut branches…