pillowWeaving is a traditional art activity that most children enjoy. A great way to work on fine motor skills for little fingers is through weaving practice. As little fingers hold the end of the ribbon or laces, they are developing their pincer grasp which is crucial for writing and holding a pencil. Not only does weaving work on finger dexterity, but it also helps your tot practice patterns. Finally, weaving develops patience as they wait for the “finished product” and work their way across the rows.Weaving practice is easy to set up with just a few simple household items!

BagsWeaving is done by intersecting the longitudinal threads (warp) with the transverse threads (weft). A loom is a device used to weave cloth. The basic purpose of any loom is to hold the warp threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving of the weft threads.

scarfSince the earliest days, man, well actually woman, has made baskets and cloth and so many things by weaving all types of materials.
20,000 to 30,000 years ago early man developed the first string by twisting together handfuls of plant fibers. Preparing thin bundles of plant material and stretching them out while twisting them together produced a fine string or thread. The ability to produce string and thread was the starting place for the development of weaving, spinning, and sewing.

quiltToday most of our textile needs are supplied by commercially woven cloth. A large and complex cloth making industry uses automated machines to produce our textiles.