Art and Design KS3 / GCSE: The craft of weaving

Paul Martin visits master craftsman Stuart Neil at home in the Black Mountains of Wales.

Stuart shows Paul the time-honoured skill of weaving.

Starting with raw wool, Stuart spins it into yarn, before using a traditional loom to weave a length of fabric.

This clip is from the series Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution.

Teacher Notes

Could be used as a starting point for a pattern project.

Students could focus on colours and textures found in the natural world, recording their experiences through photography and drawing.

These pictures could be used to design and configure a pattern.

The patterns could then be translated to create sculptural thread drawings that reflect the simple mechanical processes of weaving.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching art and design at KS3 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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