Anytime I get to make art with kids I feel incredibly grateful and honored to get a glimpse into their creativity and imagination, thanks for opportunity @elements_nature_program Cristy and Rachel! #Repost @elements_nature_program with @get_repost
The kids (and Cristy and I!) had a blast with @denahaden weaving natural materials into a “wall” of their Tipi. 🍁
Thank you for coming to create this lovely transient artwork with the children, Dena!🙏🏼 🍁
6s are working out how to weave a solid section and solving problems as they come up. Navigating the immediate feedback from weaving a line and missing a warp thread, or the interesting effect from not alternating warp threads...
Pretty much my favorite project of the year! And I ran out of templates with this class do I think I’m going to do the plate tree weaving with the other third grade class. Some of these kiddos were weaving masters today - and it was our first class!
Setting up multiple projects at stations allows children to move at their own pace and lets them follow what engages them. This lovely weaving was done by a child who decided to skip painting on big canvases and instead happily sat weaving this gorgeous piece!
Woody discovered the concept of weaving today. @melissaanddougtoys made it easy for me to teach him the technique by including paper strip puzzles! He’s claiming that he loved to do this as a baby and that grandpa taught him, neither of which are true. I sure do love this boy who reminds me so much of my silly self as a kid. #takebackchildhood
Spent a lovely afternoon at the new @bellmuseum with @weaversguildmn outreach volunteer coordinator, Melba Granlund. We taught some enthusiastic youth and adult visitors how to do basic kumihimo braiding and weaving using little cardboard looms and round looms made from embroidery hoops. Such fun! Three girls really took to weaving in the round (collaborative finished-product pictured). Thanks to all who came by!
One of my favorite things that I did this summer was to weave with my nieces. Today (this morning), the last Friday before school begins, we listened to music, wove, and chatted about toys. .
Seriously people I have the best dad. Last week I mentioned I wanted to try out nature weaving on a large loom. Guess what showed up at my house today?!? This beauty that is now gracing our back yard. 💚💚💚. I’m so excited for the kids and I to test this out!! ...
🌿I was so inspired by @emily_katz and her macrame workshop that it seemed only fitting to teach my niece, Regan during her visit with me. She fell right into the flow and watching her in this creative meditation melted my heart. Here she is just fifteen minutes in, and then with her final wall hanging. I can’t wait to see what she makes next!🌸This gorgeous metallic rope is available through @modernmacrame .
You probably know about Spider-Man, but long before his arrival, there was another hero. Her name was Spider Woman, and she taught the Navajo people how to weave. Barbara Teller Ornelas @navajorugweaver retells the legend her grandmother passed down to her in our latest issue. “Long ago, there was a woman who was fascinated by spiders. One day, she asked the spider if she could learn to weave too. The spider told her she had to first go to four sacred mountains to gather materials. If she did, the spider would go with her to the Holy People and ask their permission to teach her how to weave.
So the woman went to the first mountain and got wood for her loom. On the second mountain, she got her colors from the plants she’d picked. On the third mountain, she got permission from the Thunder Gods to borrow their designs. On the fourth mountain, she collected prayers and songs.
When she finally returned, the spider led her to the Holy People, who told her how weaving is sacred. The loom represents the four mountains, the four seasons, and the four directions: North, South, East, and West. The top beam is the moon, the bottom is the Earth, and the wool that goes up and down, or the warp, is the rain. The tool used to weave between the rain is a lightning bolt.
The Holy People gave the woman permission to weave and told her, ‘You will forever be known as Spider Woman.’ Once the spider taught her to weave, she had to gift the art of weaving to the Navajo women too.
Even today, I have Spider Woman in my heart all the time. She is my guiding spirit. She is with me whenever I weave.” This and more from @navajorugweaver in our latest. Plus how to make these sweet little weavings that the kids will love. #nativeamerican#nativeamericanstories#navajo#navajowomen#weaving#navajotapestry#navajorugweaver#indigenouswomen#weavingwithkids#spiderwoman