GWMS Week 2.5
Sewing and weaving continue and with these projects comes lost needles and tangles of yarn! I spent some time brainstorming inexpensive ways to keep things under control in the classroom. I gathered some shoeboxes from colleagues and put one skein of yarn in each box. Most of the boxes had a hole through the side and lid of the box. This made it easy to thread the yarn through. If there wasn't a hole, I just used scissors to make one. I taped the boxes shut and put a note on top " DO NOT OPEN THE BOX! Pull out the yarn that you need, cut, and leave a tail." So far, so good!
The next thing I had to tackle was the needles. I posted sign-out sheets - one for the plastic weaving needles and one for the metal sewing needles. I hot glued 14 clothespins to a posterboard for the plastic needles and glued 14 magnets to a posterboard for the metal needles. The students must sign their name and put the number needle they are using on the sign-out sheet. At the end of class I can quickly see if we are missing any needles.
To all of the art teachers out there - hope this can help you through the yarn mess! The students have loved the fiber center and I am happy to have figured out a way to keep it organized.