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WoolWorks! Curriculum Review

PhotobucketFor Fibre Arts Monday this week I thought it would be fitting to share a Fibre Arts curriculum. I received this curriculum in exchange for an honest review 🙂

Harrisville Designs provides fleeces, yarns, looms, educational toys and more for those who love fibre and the fibre arts. They have also put together WoolWorks! a curriculum designed for Grades 3-8. Created for use in a classroom, this curriculum is easily used in your homeschool or local co-op. It comes in a binder, which I find very practical because I can easily add any extra resources or patterns I find to supplement the curriculum (for instance, instructions for making a spindle with a CD for the spinning lesson). This curriculum contains 12 Lessons:

Lesson 1: A Brief History of the Sheep Around the World
Lesson 2: The Science of Wool
Lesson 3: Humans Discover Textiles: Felting
Lesson 4: Simple Machines: Spinning
Lesson 5: Nature’s Rainbow: Natural Dyeing Dyeing Nature’s Rainbow
Lesson 6: Braiding
Lesson 7: Introduction to Weaving
Lesson 8: Weaving Around the World

Lesson 9: Introduction to Looms: The Rigid Heddle
Lesson 10: Tapestry Weaving

Lesson 11: From Grandma’s Knee: Learning to Knit

Lesson 12: Domino Knitting

There are some very easy, quick, and fun things to felt with your children’s little hands and some fibre in lesson three 🙂 Each lesson is full of ideas, projects, and photographs.

One of our favourite parts of this curriculum is the map of sheep around the world. We were already knitting and spinning in our homeschool and doing some simple weaving on a frame loom before we started using this curriculum, but since then we are also weaving on a rigid heddle loom, as I have shared in some previous Fibre Monday posts. After being inspired by the felting lesson, we’ve also experimented with needle-felting 🙂 I used this curriculum with my 7 year old and 12 year old, and also for some ideas for an interactive fibre demonstration with children at our local library. Although recommended for Grades 3-8, I believe it would be great for Primary (Kindergarten) through Gr. 8, and even perhaps beyond.

WoolWorks! costs only $39.95 US plus shipping (9.50 in the US and 11.95 in Canada). Or you can pick u individual lessons for 7.50US. Check out some of the great crafting kits and tools Harrisville Designs has on their website while you’re checking out WoolWorks!

 

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

 

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Fibre Arts Monday! Feb. 14, 2011

Fibre Arts are a BIG part of our home and our homeschool.  We handspin, knit, cork, weave, sew, and kneedle-felt.  So, I’m joining Teaching Good Things in posting weekly about the Fibre Arts we’re working on.

This week, I’m knitting the Suri Lace Scarf from Creative Knitting Magazine – my very first lace project!  I’m using beautifully soft baby alpaca laceweight yarn that I picked up on sale at Baaddeck Yarns for just $1.50!  It’s the softest yarn I’ve ever worked with.  I have only knit a few rows so far, as you can see (and yes I am using ridiculously long circular needles LOL):

My son and daughter are combining their efforts on the Cricket Loom they got for Christmas (we bought it from The Bobbin Tree).  My daughter picked the colours for the first scarf, and my son will pick the colours for the next one.  Here it is, almost finished!

Next week we might just have finished projects to show you!  And I’d like to get started on some baby things for a friend of mine who is expecting 🙂

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources

Weaving: Make Your Own Loom & Watch Live Weaving!

Weaving on a Loom can be a very educational addition to homeschooling your children, especially when studying historical periods & cultures that weave.  Not only that, but they can create great little weavings for themselves or for gifts!  You can make your own loom using simple index cards (or print THIS out on cardstock and yarn!  Click HERE for the step-by-step Youtube video.

Do you want your children to see how a professional weaves on a big floor loom?  Tune into http://www.justin.tv/janetdawson to witness my wonderfully talented friend Janet, weaving on her loom in her home studio.  Simply enter the code “jammiecam” and you can watch with your children.  Janet loves questions, so simply click the little blue chat bubble at the bottom right and start typing.

Enjoy!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly