Hosting a unicorn forest and map making workshop at Portland's Green Bean Books was a dream come true for unicorn enthusiasts young and old.
I remember the little red metal pot holder looms we had in my Kindergarten class. There was this one kid who had the concentration of an arthroscopic surgeon and could churn those weaved trivets out like nobody's business. I'm pretty sure she saved many a dining room table from the dreaded "heat ring". Forty years later, weaving is as popular as ever. I've seen so many creative interpretations recently I thought we'd give it a try. Ages 6,8 and 9.
Choose a sturdy loom. These looms seem to work well but there are simple tutorials for DIY cardboard looms on Pinterest.
Collect yarns with different textures, thicknesses and color gradations. The variegated yarns were a big hit! You don't need anything fancy and leftover yarn is great.
+Always start by going under to catch the previous row.
+Push each row up to create a tight weave. Weave to the very top and bottom of your loom for easy removal. I found this video helpful when removing our finished piece.
+The popsicle stick trick was key. Tape your yarn to the end of a popsicle stick to help guide the yarn through.
Textured yarn and mixed colors create vibrant mini textiles.
weaving would be fun parent/child collaborative project. We loved the book Knit Together by Angela Dominguez. The mother and child plan and create a knitting project together, very sweet!
Instead of putting a bird on it. We put a bird in it! Birds: the perfect theme for our first Sunday Crafternoon class in Portland. With the birds chirping, the sun shining and an eagle flying overhead we sketched a series of birds to use for our project.
Draw and color your favorite birds. We got inspiration from a piece of fancy wrapping paper but there are many great nature books that feature our feathered friends.
Bird inspiration drawings or photos
Pencils and colored pencils
6 Strips of white card stock paper 1/2in. x 12in.
1 Strip of 1 1/2 in. x 12 in. card stock paper
Hot glue gun
Paint and glitter (optional)
Small piece of wire or string
Cardboard base (optional, but helpful if adding nesting materials)
Meet Eagle, Wren and Redbird! Next week we'll add some feathers and gather some nesting materials to make their cages cozy.
Our favorite holiday is coming up!
Paper+ glue+scissors+hearts+GLITTER+woodland animals= A Little Loft Valentine's Day!
We read Foxy In Love by Emma Dodd and decided to make fox themed valentine cards. But, there are so many adorable woodland creatures that make our hearts melt. Why not include them too? Racoons, hedgehogs, snowy owls, deer just to name a few. Oh, and a skunk who says, "Valentine, my life would stink without you!"
A vast knowledge of all things woodland, a few glue sticks, construction paper and scissors are all you'll need to make a forest full of heart critters. A dash of glitter on their noses wouldn't hurt. We hope you'll join Little Loft for this Valentine making project (and others) at our upcoming DC workshop. Don't make us say what the skunk says!