Posted by: dbjaquith | May 16, 2013


Open-edge weaving

Open-edge weaving

Weaving in second grade connects with students’ learning about Ghana. Students study the textile traditions of this African country during social studies and understand that the colors and patterns have special meanings. Students learn to weave on a cardboard loom that holds warp threads steady and in order. As the weft threads are woven through the warp threads, patterns emerge.

This first weaving is a “have to,” meaning that every student weaves at least once. We use extra-thick yarn for ease in developing this new skill. Most find weaving to be a highly engaging and calming activity and look forward to the moment when their completed weavings are removed from the loom in a “Popping-Off Ceremony.” 2G_Lily12 (2)

It is challenging to manipulate these thick weft threads into unusual designs. One girl began alternating red and white threads and then got an even better idea to create the American flag!


  1. Hello, I love the open edge weaving. How do you pop it off the loom?

  2. The looms are warped with alternating colors in a continuous line along top and bottom. If the loom is completely filled, it can be slightly bent to pop it off intact. If students do not fill the loom, the bottom stays intact and the top is tied off.

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