Textile Crafts Teacher Resources
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Examine the North Carolina craft revival. In this economics activity, explore the historical challenges that face North Carolinians in the early 1900's and research primary sources to determine how the craft revival came to be. As a culminating activity, students design visual webs that feature their research findings.
Students use fabric they have created in their quilts. Unlike dyeing and marbling, hand-painting fabric with Setacolor textile paints is not messy, not toxic, and the serendipitous results make every student feel like an artist!
Students design and create a fabric box using different fabrics and fusible bwebbing. They cut fabric using template and iron on the fusible web. then the pieces are sewn together to complete the box.
Young scholars create ice blue, clay pot winter friends using clay pots, ice blue paints, markers, felt, and fabric in this Art lesson for the winter time. The lesson would be ideal for the early elementary classroom during the winter months.
Discover how to change hobbies into job opportunities. In this Craft Revival lesson, students research work conditions and write journal entries that reflect their research findings.
Students analyze the different types of textiles, processes for creating cloth, and inventions utilized to manufacture industrial goods. In this Telling Tales About Textiles lesson, students weave on a card loom to create their own products. In addition, students feel textile squares in a mystery bag to determine what type of cloth it is and what it is used for.
This activity provides a unique review of clothing and textiles, focusing on sewing. It includes a handy diagram of a sewing machine, which could be useful in a home economics class, and 10 questions.
Students create clay replicas of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in this early-elementary Art lesson plan for the holiday season. Directions are included for both Mrs. Claus and Santa. The lesson plan also includes links for more art activities using clay pots.
Seventh graders gain an understanding of how African textiles, particularly Bogolanfini or mud cloth, define, project and protect a person's identity. The big idea of the lesson is identity. They also make their own unique piece of cultural art.
Young scholars explore the process of how plants are used to dye fabrics. They create data sheets based on the type of fabric and how long they have let the fabric soak.
Sixth graders learn about weaving practices in Ecuador. In this weaving and textiles lesson, 6th graders work in groups in learn about the weaving process by looking at pictures. Students complete a photo analysis and a mini-weaving project.
Students study artistic aspects of their culture. They compare ethnic cultures through arts and crafts and produce quality works of art from the knowledge that they have gained. They develop the vocabulary required to verbalize or write from various perspectives of art.
This activity could be used in a home economics class to teach students about sewing and clothing. Using this 10 question worksheet, learners explore the function of a sewing machine, and plan a project.
This resource outlines an extensive list of websites about different kinds of material culture in Louisiana. The list covers five categories: outdoor and indoor crafts, Louisiana folk life articles, quilt making, house types, and general information about Louisiana crafts. Learners use these links for research. The webpage cites a worksheet, but there is no worksheet included. In order to use these working links, you might need to create your own corresponding worksheet or project.
Students create two-headed snakes, centipedes, ghostly trees, "Handy Herman", and ghosts in this Art lesson for the Halloween holiday. Each craft could be used separately or they could be combined to create a day-long activity.
Students define the meaning of words related to sewing. In this sewing tools lesson, students read a paragraph and answer questions about sewing tools. Students separate sewing tools by their purpose. Students become familiar with the parts of the sewing machine.
To unionize or not to unionize? That is the question high schoolers consider in their investigation of the labor union movement of the 1920s. After a brief review of the Industrial Revolution and the importance of the textile industry in the rebuilding of the south after the Civil War, the class listens to oral histories recorded by owners of and workers in the textile industry. At the conclusion of the study, groups craft a speech either for or against the development of labor unions in the cotton mills. Complete directions for how to access the required materials are included in the detailed plan.
Young scholars investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. Young scholars design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
Students develop a fabric picture of a friend. In this visual art lesson, students examine pictures in the book, My Friend by Beatrice Alemagna.They decide which type of fabric would best represent their friend. They use fabric scraps, buttons, and yarn glued on oak tag to make a picture of that friend.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with this lesson. Learners discuss the "magic" of leprechauns and create drawings of three leaf clovers and footprints in this art lesson for the early-elementary classroom. This is a great lesson for the discovery of mixing colors with white to create "shades".