Artist Educator Charlie Damigos worked with Key Stage 2 Art Ambassadors at Wellington Primary on a textile project to make soft furnishings. The designs were inspired by the topics that the children had been learning about in the classroom, which included Ancient Egypt, Vikings, and Africa.
They started out by looking at images from their topics and different examples of textiles and soft furnishings. Next, they sketched out some ideas and made samples by weaving and stitching using different materials. Charlie encouraged the children to incorporate recycled materials such as strips of colourful plastic bags and leftover fabrics. They then created drawings of their final designs and learned running stitch and backstitch to “draw” the final designs onto fabric. They layered up their covers and backgrounds to create cushions and wall hangings using bold design, punchy colours, and textured weavings.
The children learned how to plan through design and make critical decisions as well as new practical skills such as threading a needle, running stitch, and weaving fabric using weaving cards. The classes worked together, sharing ideas, and supporting each other across year groups.
The cushions and wall hangings will decorate the children’s classrooms and the children are excited that their creations will be in their classrooms for posterity!
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