Kids of TAC: Woven Scarves!

Cycle 2 of TAC Afterschool began with weaving scarves. We limited our materials to our own hand dyed cotton muslin, and an impressive array of chenille. These materials weave quickly, so seasoned and novice weavers alike could make long, warm scarves in just three sessions.

On the first day, we dyed the cotton muslin– we dip-dyed for an ombre effect, and used squeeze bottles for tie dye.

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The following week, the cotton was ready to process. We washed it and cut it into half inch strips.

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On this day, we also began to weave. We covered basic weaving structures and learned how to wind bobbins — note the impressive chenille collection, and colorful cotton, pictured here!

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We used our hands or boat shuttles to weave our materials (the weft) through the support (the warp).

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Each Wednesday afternoon, the studio hummed and clattered with the action of eleven active weavers. Some students chose to work with a deliberate pattern, while others went with more free-form designs.

By the the fourth week, our scarves were complete. We cut them from the looms, and tied the loose fringe. Students braided the fringe, or kept free moving tassels, knotted at the top.

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Though they were complete in only four sessions, a month seems like a long time. Finally complete, all were eager to wear and show off their fresh designs.

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Cycle 3 of TAC Afterschool starts this January in Brooklyn and Manhattan – LEARN MORE + JOIN THE FUN!

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