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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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