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« on: June 22, 2007 05:51:41 PM »

I'm a casual teacher, and I'm currently teaching a yr4 class for two weeks.
When I started with this class I was told I could do anything I liked with them for their art and craft lessons.
Man, that was such a blank cheque  Wink
I since have found out that she was hoping that I would do something "flat" so she could enter it in the art comp.
Since when is art always flat?
anyway...

I decided to have them as a class make a piece of cloth from scratch.
Step one is to spin the yarn
I prepared a box with lots of different wool for them to spin, and one at a time, kids come up and add a bit to the class yarn.


Here's how it hangs in the classroom


and here's how we're going so far
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007 06:34:34 PM »

I saw the title of this and immediately knew it was you without even seeing who the poster was. Thats awesome! I love that you're constantly teaching kids about crafts. Fiber related crafts, no less!

Ive got to say... those kids have a more even yarn on that drop spindle than I had on my first wheel. And we won't even get into what my first (and only) drop spindle yarn looked like... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007 06:05:04 AM »

This is such a neat idea! And the beauty of it is that each kid can take a turn (or a spin) and not get bored or overwhelmed by the whole project!

How old are yr4 kids? When I saw the title, I was thinking High School, until I saw the multiplication tables Wink

I'll be watching to see the progress!
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2007 07:53:00 AM »

I'd assume yr4 kids are 8 - 10 years old
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007 11:51:55 AM »

*snort* flat art. That drives me crazy the whole "if it's not on canvas it's not art"  Well now they'll have colourful projects full of texture. Their yarn looks great. You must be an excellent teacher. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2007 12:57:33 PM »

I'm glad to see this. I'm teaching summer classes for fiber arts and I'm struggling to get them to spin. They're 6 to 10 years old. The older kids get it much quicker. The younger ones want the spindle to be a top. Or a sword.  Roll Eyes

I'll try to remember to take pictures when we make some prgress!
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2007 11:52:11 PM »

Jane Doe: I would've loved to have been in your class! My favourite primary school teacher was the one that had the class each draw and then embroider on a fabric square their favourite book and made a wall hanging out of all of them. Spinning is much cooler!

The younger ones want the spindle to be a top. Or a sword.  Roll Eyes

knitwit, I can attest that its not just kids who do that  Roll Eyes my boyfriend took my spindle last night and starting waving it around and quoting The Three Musketeers
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