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MAY 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 37 pressed or woven onto the back. For a tidy finish, we covered the weaving with a backing and added a chain to create a necklace. I found that adding beads to the fringe on this necklace gives it weight so it will hang more like jewelry. Students who finished early could expand their weaving collec - tion by making earrings or patches. Reflections Students picked up the weaving pat- tern quickly and even made sugges- tions for improving the process, such as tying the weaving yarn onto the needle eye instead of leaving the yarn end free. The technique we used made weaving easy and quick. Students wove over and under with the needle using their dominant hand. When they returned, they inserted the needle in the opposite sequence held in place by the shed stick (which remains inserted throughout the weaving process), therefore elimi- nating the need to weave over and under on the return trip. Our young students (ages five and six) found the process satisfying and were thrilled with the finished project. Carrie Miller is a textile artist in Long- mont, Colorado. Carrie has been a guest artist in public schools and has taught workshops at the Colorado Art Educators Association Conference. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Organize and develop artis- tic ideas and work. W E B L I N K schachtspindle.com/teacher- resources/

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