Kids Weaving: Projects for Kids of All Ages

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Sarah Swett has loved weaving since the age of eight, when she made magic carpets for her teddy bears. Now, as a professional tapestry weaver and knitwear designer, she shares the joy of creating beautiful woven items with a new generation of young crafters. In Kids Weaving, the only weaving book written specifically for children, Swett shows how to make 15 fun, inexpensive, colorful projects -- including friendship bracelets, a rag doll, a fashionable chenille scarf, magic carpets, and funky hand-woven shoelaces...
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Sarah Swett has loved weaving since the age of eight, when she made magic carpets for her teddy bears. Now, as a professional tapestry weaver and knitwear designer, she shares the joy of creating beautiful woven items with a new generation of young crafters. In Kids Weaving, the only weaving book written specifically for children, Swett shows how to make 15 fun, inexpensive, colorful projects -- including friendship bracelets, a rag doll, a fashionable chenille scarf, magic carpets, and funky hand-woven shoelaces -- many of which can be completed in an afternoon.

With clear, step-by-step instructions and bright, helpful illustrations, Kids Weaving teaches children (and adults too!) how to weave using everything from their hands to cardboard to an easy-to-create loom made from simple plumbing supplies. Throughout the book are fascinating features about weaving around the world; special projects like weaving a hideout from sticks, branches, and wildflowers; and stories of famous characters such as Penelope, the clever weaver from The Iliad and The Odyssey. The third in STC's Kids Craft series (following Kids' Embroidery and Kids Crochet), this delightful, easy-to-use book brings one of the oldest craft traditions to creative children everywhere.

A step-by-step format and bright illustrations ensure successful results for children of all ages

All of the projects are inexpensive to make

The only weaving book written specifically for children
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Children's Literature
Weaving is an ancient art that has played a role in the survival of mankind. The basic technique has not changed in 5,000 years. Weaving is so ubiquitous that it is often overlooked. There are many simple ways to learn to weave. Strips of paper can be interlaced, as well as strands of yarn or even sticks. Imagine a woven fence. Instructions for making note cards, placemats, and map dolls (a unique way to remember a trip) provide examples of weaving without a loom. Using a simple piece of cardboard, young weavers can make a pouch and a rag doll warrior. The remaining projects require a loom. A loom is a tool that makes more complex weaving projects possible. The loom is a frame that holds the warp so that the weaver can manipulate the weft. Instructions are included for making a simple loom out of PVC plastic pipe. This material is found at most hardware stores. Well illustrated, this is a thorough introduction to weaving and includes fifteen projects. 2006 (orig. 2004), Gareth Stevens, Ages 5 to 10.
—Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Swett introduces this craft with a simple weaving of a checkerboard note card-a task requiring two pieces of paper and a pair of scissors. After mastering the technique with several different small projects, she explains how to weave a hideout out of sticks and vines in the yard. She demonstrates techniques on a cardboard loom and progresses to skills for weaving on a pipe loom. These projects show the whimsical and the practical, the useful and the decorative aspects of the art. Hartlove's excellent-quality, full-color photos depict children enjoying the craft in many different settings-inside on rainy days or out in the sunshine by a lake and in a canoe. In addition, the helpful step-by-step drawings clearly depict the processes and techniques. As the book continues, the types of weaving and projects get progressively more difficult but are explained so well that novices could accomplish the most difficult tasks with ease. The author includes the history and folklore that surrounds the art and talks about different types of weaving done around the world. Sources for supplies and a list of recommended reading are appended.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781584794677
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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