Saturday, March 17, 2012

(G2,G3) Experiments in Weaving

For this project we decided to look at pictures of medieval tapestries and learned how tapestries were made
by weaving threads together on a loom.
We used a tapestry template and practiced weaving by "warp" threads in tension, so "weft" threads 
can be woven back and forth between them.
On of the most important tapestries in Europe are a series of seven called "The Hunt of the Unicorn" dating from 1495-1505. These seven tapestries illustrate the sequence of the hunt, ending with the capture of the unicorn.


We glued a fabric sheet on the template to represent the appearance of the dying wool.
Dyes were made from berries, roots and fruit. The colors most often used were
yellow, red, and blue. 

Students added medieval imagery to the background. 

Using metallic fabric to illustrate that old metallic thread was used in medieval

We discussed how tapestries were an art form of their own like paintings or sculpture.
Images of animals, people, and plant-life were depicted in vivid color and detail.

Using a variety of fabric to illustrate the richness of the design in the tapestries. 


  1. Прекрасные работы! Отличный проект!

  2. My kids would love that tapestry! Great reference and choice of materials- those fabrics look gorgeous:)

  3. I am just learning about tapestry, the children are lucky !

  4. Congrats for the kids and for you,good job!!
    Have a nice weekend!

  5. Yes, great compositions, realmentecreativas, I really like as a child in school I also did a similar activity and stuck in my memory forever.

  6. Wow- what an intricate project! I really like the depth to which you explored Medieval tapestries- thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great experiment! I am really surprised, I think you're a great school!

  8. Very beautiful tapestries that have made the students. A simple cardboard frame is simple but brilliant idea. I will consider. Indeed, a clarification my blog is not written in Spanish, is Catalan. In Spain there are several official languages ​​according to the Autonomous Region.

  9. οh ... it looks very difficult... i'm sure the kids enjoyed it!!!