Fiber Arts

Easy Ways to Infuse Fiber Arts into Your Curriculum

I am always fond of embroidering, crocheting, custom paint by numberand knitting more as a hobby than as a source of income. However, there was a time when I’ve constantly failed to generate quality ideas to express my art.

This is despite several attempts of going back to the basics about Painting Self Portraits and reading “how to” books from college. I still lost my motivation and confidence to express my creativity even after I rejoined structured courses.

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It seemed like everything became a mess. The threads are more difficult to untangle as my ideas are starting to intertwine. I ended up creating disastrous outputs, and I felt like everything does not make sense at all. As an artist who has an immense passion for fiber arts, it is pretty much frustrating to experience all of these complicated approaches.

Sooner, I realized that the only thing I have not tried is disregarding all these academic books and starting a new approach to Painting Self Portraits and weaving. I began to consider building a whole new painter’s mindset!

There are a lot of simple online courses that can effectively nurture your artistic roots. Some methods immediately tackle the complex aspects of fiber arts, assuming that all students already have ample knowledge about the process.

You can also creatively infuse fiber arts into your classroom by figuring out which concept you want to impart to young learners first, and then think of ways to incorporate it with fiber arts.

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Art Concepts to Consider

Below are three concepts you might want to consider and ways of incorporating them through fiber.

  • Mixing of Secondary Colors 
  • For felting: 

The students can needle felt only two primary colors to create the desired secondary color. You can compare needle felting with painting so that the students can differentiate their experiences between both approaches.

  • For weaving: 

You may use blue, red, and yellow yarns for both the weft and warp and observe the effects.

  • For hand sewing:

Just use multiple colors of thread and a needle as if you’re using colored pens and pencils. Lay the colors and witness their interaction.

  • Explore the Quality of Lines

 

  • Hand sewing: 

Let the students stitch over the lines they have drawn with at least three various yarn weights.

  • Weaving:

Allow them to leave some warp threads unwoven to create large gaps when setting the loom. When no longer tensed, the unwoven threads will naturally take its form.

  • Explore 2-D Principles of Designing

 

  • Weaving: 

Weave using found materials. Make a warp with your yarn and weave with the other materials such as sticks, straws, and paper.

  • Quilting:

Gather fabric scraps, or you could simply cut discarded canvases. Let the students glue or stitch the fabric together while they explore shapes, textures, and colors.

Conclusion

Expanding the conception of fiber and use it through other mediums is the best realization I ever had during my journey as an artist. Just like a paintbrush, crayon, or pencil, you can make colors and marks through fiber!

Fiber can be utilized to draw colorful shapes to create fascinating images. You may even launch a new blissful career with small background knowledge about Painting Self Portraits through fiber arts.

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