WEAVING WORDS – Warm and Cool Colours

Students create a weaving of warm and cool colours using fabric they have coloured with fabric markers.

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 6

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

cool colours horizontal vertical warm colours warp weaving weft

Materials

Toothpicks Clear tape polyester cotton fabric Heavy Weight Paper 25 cm x 25 cm (10" x 10") 1 piece per student Scissors Fabric Markers

Steps

WEAVING WORDS – Warm and Cool Colours - Step One

Step One

  1. Colour a design using fabric markers on fabric.
  2. Make sure half of the design is made with warm colours and half with cool colours.
WEAVING WORDS – Warm and Cool Colours - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Cut the fabric in 1 cm (1/2") strips.
  2. Make a list of words that make you think of summer.
WEAVING WORDS – Warm and Cool Colours - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Divide the strips in half. Place warm colours in one half, and cool colours in the other half.
  2. Use a pen to write your words across the strips of warm coloured fabric. 
  3. Place the cool coloured strips on a plastic lid or piece of cardboard. 
  4. Make sure the top of each strip is at the same level.
  5. Leave a tiny space between each strip.
  6. Place tape across the top of the strips to hold them in place.
  7. These are the warp strips.
WEAVING WORDS – Warm and Cool Colours - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Weave a warm coloured strip over and under the warp strips. This is a weft strip.
  2. Repeat with another strip. This time start by going under and over the warp threads.
  3. Keep doing this until you have used all your strips.
WEAVING WORDS – Warm and Cool Colours - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Use a toothpick to apply tiny drops of Washable glue to the back of your fabric strips to hold them in place. 
WEAVING WORDS – Warm and Cool Colours - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Use a small amount of Washable glue to attach your weavng to heavy weight paper.
  2. Trim the ends of your weaving strips to suit your paper.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a weaving using hand-coloured fabric;
  2. Use warm colours for the weft;
  3. Use cool colours for the warp;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works. 

Extensions

  1. Have students score a piece of heavy weight paper 20 cm x 30 cm (7" x 12") and fold it in half. Glue the finished weaving onto the folded paper to create a greeting card. 
  2. Read a children's fiction book such as, The Goat in the Rug, by Charles L. Blood; The Chief's Blanket, by Michael Chanin; or Weaving the Rainbow, by George Ella Lyon. List words from the book, then use the words to create a poem about weaving. Make sure you include the terms weft and warp
  3. Have students research different weaving processes and present their findings to the class. 

Prepare

  1. Cut fabric 15 cm x 15 cm (6" x 6").
  2. Download Colour poster available on this website,
    Colour
  3. Gather and make available books on the theme of weaving such as The Goat in the Rug, by Charles L. Blood and The Chief's Blanket, by Michael Chanin.
  4. Prior to this lesson introduce or review warm and cool colours. 
  5. Create a sample weaving. 

Introduction

  1. Conduct a read-aloud using a book such as A Goat in the Rug, by Charles L. Blood.
  2. Use 2 colours of strips of paper to demonstrate the terms weft – the horizontal threads that move over and under the warp in a weaving, and warp – the fixed threads that run up and down in a weaving.
  3. Introduce the challenge. 

 

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a weaving using hand-coloured fabric.
  2. Use warm colours for the warp.
  3. Use cool colours for the weft.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works. 

The Process

  1. Make sure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    - warm colours are used for the warp
    - cool colours are used for the weft
    - weaving is tight and holds together
    - small amount of glue is used
    - fabric is cut into strips about the same width
    - fabric in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan. 
  4. Demonstrate how to lift the warp strips up and thread the weft through to create the weaving.
  5. Observe students as they create their weaving.
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1.  Once all weavings are complete place students in partners or small groups. Ask them to:
    - Look closely at each weaving and observe how they are the same, how they are different.
    ​- Share thoughts about the weavings.
    - Talk about how each weaving demonstrates warm and cool colour patterns.

    - Talk about what was difficult about making the weaving and explain why.
    - Tell what was satisfying about making the weaving and explain why. 
  2. Ask some students to share their weavings and ideas with the whole class.
  3. Display the weavings so students can view them as a body of work throughout the next few weeks.

 

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discrimination, seeking more information, eleborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss their finished weaving – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting evidence found in their weaving.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - Weaving_tracking.pdf).
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - Weaving_self-assessment.pdf)