Cut and Paste

Learn to Weave

Be inspired by the artist Anni Albers, make a loom and weave some art to hang on your wall!

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Anni Albers was a German artist born in Berlin in 1899. She was very interested in art from a young age. Albers studied at the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus was an exciting school of art and design in Germany. At the time, women were only allowed to study a few classes. Anni decided to study weaving and became one of the greatest textile artists of our time!

Albers used a loom to weave. A loom is a machine that makes cloth out of wool or other threads. You can make your own loom at home and turn wool into a beautiful mini-rug!

Anni Albers Black White Yellow 1926, re-woven 1965 Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Everfast Fabrics Inc. and Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1969  (69.134) © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS

Anni Albers Black White Yellow 1926, re-woven 1965 Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Everfast Fabrics Inc. and Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1969 (69.134) © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers Red Meander 1954 Private Collection © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers Red Meander 1954 Private Collection © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers Study for Unexecuted Wallhanging 1926 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers Study for Unexecuted Wallhanging 1926 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Here's some of her textile artworks. Look at all of the bright colours! Which one is your favourite?

Ready to make your own? Let's have a go!

You will need

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  • Coloured wool (3 or 4 colours is best)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Lolly sticks
  • Cellotape
  • Glue
  • 2 Cardboard strips (15cm x 3cm)
  • Piece of cardboard (15cm x 18cm)

Ready? Let's start ...

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1. To make your loom, draw a box 1cm inside the big piece of cardboard. Cut 11 slits, 1cm apart on the top and bottom edge. Next, glue the 2 strips of cardboard to sit at the end of the slits

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2. Wind a piece of wool up and down through the top and bottom slits, moving across the cardboard

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3. The back should look like this. Tie a knot to keep in place

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4. Choose your first colour and cellotape a long piece of wool to a lolly stick. Thread the stick from one side of the cardboard to the other, crossing over and under the wool threads

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5. Keep adding rows, alternating the over and under threads until you're happy with the thickness of your first colour. When you decide to finish with a colour cut it from the lolly stick

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6. Repeat this with your second colour. When adding new colours make sure to leave the end and starting threads long enough so you can knot them later

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7. Keep weaving under and over until you have filled your loom

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8. Next, unhook the threads from the top and bottom

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9. Pull the threads from the bottom end to tighten the top ones. Then tie the bottom threads and the loose ends in knots

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10. Finished! Looks great

This activity was made in collaboration with OKIDO.

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