Starting with the Loom
This guided activity will consist of the following:
- Set a dowel on your stand. This dowel will be both a part of the final artwork, and act as your loom. It will help you keep threads tight, see your work in progress, and hold your project as you work.
- Pick out some fibre materials that you think will look good together. Think about complimenting and contrasting colours, textures, and weights.
- Read the instructions on tassel making, crochet, and macramé. The gallery facilitators can help you try out each of these techniques.
- Use the fibre materials you picked out and the techniques you learned to create a wall hanging on your dowel. You can combine techniques in any way you like, or come up with your own technique for interlacing fabric.
- Twist the of a wire onto both ends of your dowel. This wire will help you hang your artwork, and will stop the fibres from falling off.
Loom: a tool or machine used for weaving. A loom helps hold threads tight.
Dowel: a straight wooden stick
Tassels: a group of materials tied together at one end, used for decoration.
Crochet: looping fabric with a single hook to tie knots into a pattern.
Macramé: knotting and braiding cord or string to make artistic decorations. There are many different types of knots in macramé.
Braiding: folding sections over top of each other to make a structure.