by Daniel Freeman
Over. Under. Over.
Children at the Chesapeake City Library learned how to take pieces of fabric and ribbon and weave them together to create a textile to take home.
Librarian Kristen Shaw taught the children three different global textile types. Those types were, Scotland, Ghana, and Navajo Nation. Each group had a different type of weave.
"Weaving Around the World was definitely something a little different and we always try to offer something educational and something that they are not going to get any place else. So today was a little history, they learned about different types of cloths and the reason for cloths. They also got to examine their own clothing and to see what kind of weave their own clothing was made out of. They definitely learned about each country and what they are famous for with their cloths," said Shaw.
The children also created their own weave. One child chose Scotland and he created a textile with red and green fabric as well as yellow and blue ribbon. The other two children chose Ghana and made their textiles with yellow, red, and green fabric.
"Children learn more when they are applying it and they are doing it hands on. And if they sat here and I only talked about it, they may only remember a little bit. They actually got to participate in it so they retain a lot more," said Shaw. "Whatever we do, is always something you can recreate at home."
The children, not only learned about the different cultures and different types of textiles, they also got to make new friends and keep their minds active.
"I think it's a great experience for them to learn from other teachers. I think they are learning something new and everything is hands on which is great. It gets the kids out of the house and doing other things and meet some new kids around the county," said parent, Karen Wescoat.
"It keeps the kids the kids active and connected as well as creative. I think it also keeps them off the electronics too," said grandparent, Lisa Pinder.