Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tommie de Paola is a picture book which entertains children and teaches about the cloth making process. It is one of my personal favorite children's books. The text makes the process sound so simple as it clearly breaks down the steps.
Celts often wore long shirts or robes tied at the waist with a belt. The edges of much of their clothing contained decorative woven strips. Both the belts and the decorative trims were made using the card weaving technique.
Card weaving is done using bone, bark, or rock as a tool for creating patterns. Typically the cards were square with four holes, but occasionally they contained a different number of sides.
Then the belts were woven. I was extremely impressed with the boys. They were all completely engaged in the entire process and did a wonderful job. The goal during the three hour session was to get the project explained and underway so that the belts could be finished during the week at home.
The belts turned out beautiful.
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