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


Language Arts
Visual Arts



Crayola Fabric Markers - 10 Count Crayola Scissors Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue Clear Tape Toothpicks Cardstock Paper - 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8 ½ " x 11") - 1 piece per student Polyester Cotton Fabric - White - 15 cm x 28 cm (6" x 11") - 1 piece per student

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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 1½ 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 placemat 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:

  • create a weaving using hand-coloured fabric;
  • use warm colours for the weft;
  • use cool colours for the warp;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; 
  • support their ideas with evidence found in the works. 


Have students: 

  • choose 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 to read. 
  • list words from the book;
  • use the words to create a poem about weaving;
  • make sure they include the terms weft and warp; 
  • research different weaving processes
  • present their findings along with their poem to the class. 


  1. Cut fabric 15 cm x 28 cm (6" x 11") - enough for each student to have 1 piece.
  2. Download and display the Colour poster available on this website,
  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. 


  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. 



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,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - used warm colours for the warp
    - used cool colours for the weft
    - created a weaving that is tight and holds together
    - used a small amount of glue 
    - cut the fabric into strips about the same width
    - kept the 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.


  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.



  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their weavings – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the weaving, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - Weaving_tracking.pdf).
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - Weaving_self-assessment.pdf)