Gigi needed a belt. So, today, I made her one…from Loopers.
I tried to show the steps one by one below. FIrst, I looped the loops to make three long ropes, about seven loops long each. Then I tied a knot at one end and taped it down to the table.
Next, I braided the three ropes and tied a knot at the end.
I found a button around the house and sewed it onto one of the knots. Then, I cut the loops at each end to create fringe. *NOTE* I left one loop on the opposite side of the button uncut so I could loop it around the button.
Voila. A sweet little belt for my girl.
Pretty cute. Hope she likes it.
I’ve been seeing all these great weaving projects all over the place. Especially on Vivid Layers, one of my fav blogs. I decided to try out a little weaving myself to see how it might go for my kindergartners. There are so many ways to do this. I think this particular project is best for summer camp. They’d look great hanging from trees or hanging in a sukkah. I used old ribbons, pipe cleaners, sticks and burlap. I think I cheated a little since I glued the sticks together to get started. I thought that would make it easy to get started and it did.
I’m not sure it’s really a starburst. Ev says it’s more like a dream catcher. Call it what you will. Just have fun.
Family Fun Magazine has a tree weaving tutorial in it this month. I had seen this project on That Artist Woman (Gail’s creativity blows my mind!!!) and have been wanting to make it. Here is a great tutorial on it. The tree comes out really pretty. Ev even let me hang it up in our living room.
I am feeling pretty dang proud of myself today. I have been wanting to make a loom for months. A teacher friend once showed me one she had used with her preschoolers and I was totally intrigued. I did some research on line, watched some vids, and knew the time would come. Well, sure enough, I noticed a pile of trash, including an oversized picture frame, on my block yesterday. I walked over in the billion degree heat and snagged it. It still had the hooks to hold in the glass. Ev suggested I leave in the hooks and add screws in between for more weaving. Perfecto! He watched the vids with me, which came in handy, because Evan has a bionic memory and there were some tips I had forgotten. Anyway, after just a few minutes of hammering and nailing, my loom was ready to go! This is perhaps the most fun and satisfying project I’ve done since I started Artist’s Way. I really loved it. This loom will def be set up in my kindergarten class come the fall. It’s awesome.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I basically just ripped up strips of fabric I had, added some ribbons, and a flower I made from an egg crate. Over, under, over, under.
Just one tip-At first I had the loom standing upright while I sat on the floor and weaved. Well, that totally killed my shoulders, so Ev suggested I lay it down on the table. What a difference. Holy. So much more enjoyable. Ev always knows what to do.
How cool is that!!!??!! So pretty.