The first (2012-2013 school year) was a stream study of the stream in the woods on our campus. The second (2013-2014 school year) was the layers of the Earth with mountains forming and volcanoes erupting at the surface. Later we added the water cycle in the sky above.
I moved to Illinois in July 2014 and missed having a tapestry loom so much that I promptly bought the exact same one, the 48 inch Standing Tapestry Loom by Harrisville Designs. The Friendly Loom was the first "school" material in my new home (which is now mostly school materials). We have continued the tradition of weaving projects that tie in with curriculum.
When my daughter Becca studied the Waldorf 6th grade Geology block (2016-2017 school year), we warped the loom (February 12, 2017) and wove a limestone cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. That project was inspired by the "landscape framed by a limestone cave entrance" lesson in Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools: Classes 1-8, pp.260-261.
Ultimately we decided to have the viewer looking into the cave and not out of the cave, and we wove in a background of cave walls behind the pillars of rock. When it was complete I sewed on wooden beads, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals which had been donated, so that it would have some extra texture and sparkle. There's even a fish bead swimming in one of the pools of water on the floor. It's one of my favorite Science projects ever!
When my 2017 Summer Camp topic was "From Lava to Life" (the Montessori Second Great Lesson), we again wove the layers of the Earth, this time on a hula hoop loom. That project was inspired by an illustration in Faith McNulty's excellent How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World.
I recently had someone ask me for pictures of my Geology tapestry, since my old blog from the Tidewater School has been taken down, and I realized that ALL THREE of these projects are Geology weavings! So I decided to make a new blog post and share pics of all three.
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