The Topic:

Easier - Weaving means to make cloth and other objects. Threads or strands of material are passed under and over each other.
Harder - Weaving is the process of making cloth, rugs, blankets, and other products by crossing two sets of threads over and under each other. Weavers use threads spun from natural fibers like cotton, silk, and wool and synthetic fibers such as nylon and Orlon. But thin, narrow strips of almost any flexible material can be woven. People learned to weave thousands of years ago using natural grasses, leafstalks, palm leaves, and thin strips of wood.
Today weaving ranks as a major industry in many countries. Weaving is often completed on high speed looms. But weaving is not limited to cloth and textile products. Weaving plays an important part in the manufacture of screens, metal fences, and rubber tire cord. Craftworkers also use varied fibers to weave baskets and hats.
History of Navajo Weaving by L. Anderson & E. Anderson
This research paper provides a chronological presentation of Navajo weaving development.
Related Websites:
2) Brief Social History of Navajo Weaving
3) Classic and Contemporary Amerind Art, Navajo Rugs by S. Getzwiller
4) Indian Weaving: A Brief History
5) Navajo Rugs: Styles on the Reservation
6) History of Navajo Weaving
7) Navajo Weaving by L. Bayless from Arizona Journal
8) Short History of the Navajo Rug
9) Thread of New Mexico from City of Albuquerque
10)Woven by the Grandmothers from WETA
Ruthe's Collection of Weaving Resources by R. Stowe
Here is a collection of links to weaving resources.
Tablet Weaving by M. Ricart
There are many different methods of tablet weaving. The tablets are the only tools needed, and there are many different methods and many possibilities.
Related Websites:
2) Basic Tablet Weaving by S. Goslee
3) Braid Weaving
4) Card Weaving by B. & R. Blankenship
5) Card Weaving by S. Carlson
6) Phiala's String Page
7) Tablet Weaving
8) Tablet Weaving
9) Tablet Weaving
10)Tablet Weaving Theory
This comprehensive information site for weavers has tons of resources for tablet weaving, Kumihimo, ply-splitting, and much, much more.
Related Websites:
2) Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.
3) Spinning, Weaving and Wool
After visiting several of the websites on weaving, complete one or more of these related activities:
Complete An Online Carpet Activity. Learn about an Indian carpet as you complete the Carpet Hunt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Complete A Weaving WebQuest. Adapt or follow the procedures found at the following webQuest site:
Weaving WebQuest (Grades 4-5) by P.J. McClung
Learn to Braid. You can find some online help at sites like (1) Plaiting, (2) Braiding, and (3) Upbraid Yourself and Others: The Basics of Braiding.
Plan A Spinning & Weaving Celebration. October 7-13, 2002 is 'Spinning & Weaving Week.' Plan a celebration. You will find a few ideas at Spinning and Weaving Week.
Weave. Start by visiting the sites for tablet weaving. Continue your investigations with Cardboard Loom Weaving and Weaving- Part Two by L.S. Pennington. Then complete at least one weaving project using one of the techniques described.
Compare and Contrast Weaving In Two Different Locations. Select two locations and compare the weaving. Look at the technology, patterns, colors, all aspects of the process. The two locations do not have to be at the same time in history.
Create A Weaving Poster. Before you start, make a plan. Decide what the focus of your poster on weaving will be - - historical, specific region, products, weaver, etc. Then design your poster layout to capture your audience's attention. Display the finished product.
Art and History of Weaving by S.C. Wylly
This site summarizes historical developments in the area of weaving and acquaints you with a variety of loom types, starting with the prehistoric and moving into the more complex modern-day machine.
Related Website:
2) History of Weaving
Backstrap Loom of Jacaltenango, Guatemala
This website has a diagram of a backstrap loom and explains the working parts.
Related Websites:
2) Weavers Tell Their Stories
3) Weaving With A Backstrap Loom
Cardboard Loom Weaving (Grades 3-6) by C.C. Farris from Arts & Activities Magazine
Beautiful weavings can be created with simple cardboard looms. The looms are cheap, easy to make, and can be used over and over
Related Websites:
2) Cardboard Loom
3) Learn to Weave using a Cardboard Loom from All Fiber Arts
4) Loom Weaving
5) Weaving: Cardboard Loom
Ghana - Kente Cloth
Here is an online slide show demonstrating the traditional way of weaving Kente cloth.
Related Websites:
2) History of Ashanti Kente Cloth
3) Kente
4) Weaving Kente Cloth
5) Wrapped in Pride from Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Handweavers WebRing
This webring connects sites containing information, pictures, or products, or handwoven items.
History of Carpets
Here you find a timeline for the history of carpeting.
Related Websites:
2) Carpet Weaving (Iran)
3) History form Persian Carpet House
4) History of the Carpet Industry in the United States
5) History of Oriental Rugs
6) Turkish Carpets
7) Turkish Carpets and Rugs
Inkle Weaving by T. DeGarmo
The purpose of this set of notes is to get you started with inkle weaving.
Making Dyes Naturally
Learn about a group of sixth grade students who created their own dyes.
Related Websites:
2) Colonial Crafts Workshop: Dyeing and Weaving Yarns
3) Dying & Fibers from NativeWeb
Maya Weavers
In most Mayan villages, women weave cloth for their family's clothing or for ceremonial, artistic, and, increasingly, commercial purposes.
Related Websites:
2) Maya Women Weaving
3) Pictures of Mayan Textiles
Native American Finger Weaving in the Eastern Forests from NativeTech
Finger weaving is a technique which evolved in many parts of the world, cultivated into a fine art by Native Americans.
Related Websites:
2) Native American Cordage
3) Fingerweaving-Part 1 by R. Conn
Strip weaving traditions are common throughout West Africa.
Timeless History of Tapestry and Wall Hangings
This website focuses on hand-woven tapestry art in France, England, Germany, and Italy from ancient times to more recent Thirteenth to the Eighteenth centuries.
Weaving from Complete Computer Solutions
This brief site is on the history of mechanical weaving.
Related Websites:
2) Handloom Weavers
3) History Of Weaving
4) Weaving on the Warp-Weighted Loom: Some Source Materials
5) William Radcliffe: On Power Looms, 1828 from Modern History SourceBook
Weaving from NativeWeb
This is a links-collection related to weaving.
Related Pages from NativeWeb:
2) Basketry
3) Cordage & String
4) Dying & Fibers
Weaving Art Museum
Weaving Art Museum and Research Institute (WAMRI) promotes appreciation for the historic weaving arts of the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Weaving In New Mexico
The ancient weavers of New Mexico found a way to use their looms as an extension of nature by recreating the patterns of the wind, the endless expanse of sky and the graceful symmetry of the mountains.
Related Websites:
2) Doña Agueda Martínez
3) Rio Grande Weaving Tradition
4) Thread of New Mexico from Albuquerque Museum
5) Wool Festival at Taos
Weaving in Tamil Nadu from Chennai Online
Here is a brief article on the history of weaving in India.
World of Beduin Weaving by J.M. Hilden.
This site has information about the declining crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing by Arabian nomads, the Beduin.
Not-To-Be-Missed Section:
2) Beduin Weaving Looms
Websites For Teachers
Abuela's Weave (Grade's K-4)
Here is an online study guide to accompany the book by Omar S. Castañeda.
'Braiding and Weaving' Dance Lesson Plan (Grade 4) by A. McDonnell
Students learn that there are numerous ways to braid and weave.
Early American Weaving from TeachersFirst
Experience the Native American and Colonial American art of weaving with this activity that uses a modern twist on a traditional craft. Follow these simple instructions and create a woven belt or sash.
Navajo Blanket from Arts Ed Net
This site has discussion questions and curriculum information about Navajo weaving.
Related Lesson Plans:
2) Navajo Weaving from Museum of New Mexico
3) Navaho Rug (Grade K)
4) Weaving Navajo Rugs (Grades 3-5) by J. Dalke
5) Weaving as a Way of Life from Navajo Art
Paper Weaving Lesson Plan from Dick Blick (Grades K-7)
In this project, the student will use two pieces of colored construction paper to produce a woven paper mat.
Related Lesson:
2) Paper Weaving from Learning Network, Inc.
True Colors from Lemelson Ctr. for Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian
Students gain a hands-on understanding of the skills, materials, and equipment involved in the dyeing process.
Weaving Board Activities by M. Cherinda from SunSITE Southern Africa
This article explains the use of a 'weaving board' as a way to introduce and develop mathematical ideas in the classroom.
Other Math Lessons on Weaving:
2) Fashion Design: Patterns and Weaving (Grades 8-11) from PBS Teachersource
spinning wheel
weft face
long staple
fiber & fabric
Churro Sheep
power loom
spider web
weaving comb
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 5/02.