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(Elementary to High School)
Radial weaving is an easy, fun way to introduce students to the weaving process. This lesson will give you information on how to weave on a circular loom, as well as extensions that incorporate the radial weaving into two additional ideas: a radial weaving mandala, and placing a radial weaving into a constructed environment for an installation approach. The video resources show a variety of materials that can be used for the radial weaving loom: cardboard, paper or Styrofoam plates, CDs, embroidery hoops, and information on making a clay loom! Radial weaving is perfect when you have odd bits of yarn in your stash, as the process requires a minimum of materials.
(Note – this lesson is more general and includes many resources that would alter the tools and materials you might need. Listed here are a general set of tools and materials for you to consider. You can tailor this list to the specific direction your lesson takes.)
YouTube circle loom weaving tutorial videos:
One Radial Weaving Installation
There are many ways a radial weaving could be incorporated into an artistic extension lesson or an installation! Kimberly Paser created a wonderful installation in a school library. The radial weavings were created on old CDs, 45 and 33 records. This high school installation remains up seven years later!
There are MANY ways radial weavings could be incorporated into other art expressions! We hope we have gotten your creative juices flowing about how your students could work their radial weavings into other artworks. You could design the extension lesson after the weaving’s complete, or plan the weaving to flow into the extension! This lesson is great for student voice & choice!
The drawing can be developed to incorporate the design, color and texture of the weaving.
Sculptural environments can be created to incorporate the radial weaving design.