During January and early February this year I went into Tayport Primary School in Fife to carry out a whole school weaving project. Each class wove something different from primary 1 to primary 7. This included 11 classes with children aged between 5 and 11 years old. Each pupil also had the opportunity to weave on a four shaft table loom contributing to 2 school scarves. We all had so much fun. The children learnt a little about the history of weaving in Fife, about child labour in the Dundee jute mills and how children are still employed in the textile industry around the world today. We had some fascinating conversations! Each class activity included using as many recycled materials as possible, including cardboard looms, old clothes and household fabrics, ribbons, wrapping paper, plastic bags and even cutting up an old leather handbag! It was a real joy to work with such enthusiastic children.
Here are some photographs of some of the things we made.
‘Weaving our school community together’.
First scarf woven on the table loom.
Second scarf woven on the table loom.
Woven shields linking in with the class project on Magic Castles.
Kilted teddies going for a picnic in the woods!
Clothes on a washing line.
Weaving clothes and a rag rug.
It’s the school half term holidays and we have gone looking for snow (would you believe!). Fife seems to exist in it’s own little micro climate. We have missed the winds and flooding in the south of England and the snow has passed us by heading for the Munros and the Highlands further north. Today we took a walk in the hills just north of Dunkeld, in the foothills of the Perthshire Highlands. There was just enough snow for one 13 year old dedicated cross country skier (who has been very inspired by the Winter Olympics!). As for me, well I enjoyed the effects of the low cloud on the rusty browns, greens and greys in the landscape. The weather certainly brings out the richness of these colours.