Curiosity Club: Spinning Tales

This week’s Curiosity Club theme is spinning and weaving in folklore and mythology.

Today it’s easy to take for granted how amazing a simple piece of cloth or textile is – we can easily buy it by the yard, and just about anything imaginable made from cloth (clothing, sheets, towels) is easily available in stores. This is possible because of the industrial production of fabric on large machines. But that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, prior to the 1700s and 1800s most households made at least some of their own cloth. Let’s talk about spinning and weaving in this week’s video!

Make a Paper Plate Loom

We’re going to become our own web weaver with this week’s craft. If you weren’t able to pick up a paper loom craft kit from the Monday Market,  you can find all of the instructions online. All you need is a paper plate, yarn, scissors and popsicle sticks!

After you’ve made your paper plate loom, use the yarn-wrapped popsicles steps to weave the yarn over and under the base threads. Use your imagination! Are you a spider, weaving her web? Or perhaps a figure from mythology, challenging the gods to a duel!

More Fun

Finger Weaving (no special equipment required!)

Make a Cardboard Loom

Friendship Bracelets

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Michelle Stottlemire

Michelle is a fifth-generation Kansan who has a passion for history, radical home-making and science fiction. When not on one of TSCPL's bookmobiles she can be found educating students at surrounding schools with dynamic programming.