I walked up Carn Liath in Highland Perthshire recently with JM and her dog Poppy. The autumn colours are sweeping in along with the moody skies and the whipping wind.
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Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) and the Heritage Crafts Association have come together to produce a teachers resource pack on six different countryside crafts. My woven clothes project for children between 7-12 years was chosen to represent weaving. (I blogged about this back in June when Simon Chaplan came up to take photographs). This resource is about to be launched on the FACE website, www.face-online.org.uk and will I understand, be accessible on the schools pages. There will be lots of information about each of the crafts and their connections to farming and the countryside, as well as a profile of each maker. Individual activities include step by step instructions, with lots of photographs of each stage. Links are also shown to different areas of the national curriculum.
My activity is called ‘How clothes are made’. I talk about the different fibres from the British countryside and how these have been used historically in making fabrics in the UK, as well as new future resources, such as yarns made from milk! If you are a teacher or someone just interested in weaving, I recommend the FACE website for lots of information and inspiring ideas that link children to the countryside around them.
Photographs of weaving activities for 7 -12 year olds.
I have just completed the Craft Scotland’s ‘ Meet Your Maker ‘ weekend in St Andrews Museum. It was great fun meeting people of all ages and showing them how to weave on a table loom. I shared the space with Sean and Christine from Butter Wynd Pottery who make beautiful pots and plates from local Fife clay. I learnt a thing or two about pottery making as well! It was a great opportunity to share our craft skills. Here are a few photographs of the weekend’s events.
I am taking part in Craft Scotland’s ‘Meet Your Maker’ event on the weekend of 7th – 8th September 2013, at St Andrews Museum in Fife.
Eight different venues across Scotland will be show casing the work of 14 different craft makers. It’s a chance to meet the makers and learn about their inspirations, design process and techniques behind their craft. I will be demonstrating weaving and visitors (both young and old) will be able to have a go for for themselves.
Look forward to seeing you there!