In Alberta, many households kept sheep and goats and used their hair or wool to make clothing. At the Michener House Museum, students will gain a basic understanding of how wool is carded, spun into threads and then woven on a small loom. They will be introduced to Lap looms, small portable weaving tools used to speed up the process of moving one thread up and down through another thread to create a piece of woven fabric, and will be invited to create their own decorative fiber art to take home during this program. The weaving process helps to promote basic math concepts, fine motor control, dexterity, concentration, self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
Curriculum Links: Life in a Prairie Town, Community contributions
Total Time: 1.5 hours
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Curriculum Link: Art, Creative Expression, Social Studies