A Christmas Tapestry: an activity for children of all ages. A tapestry is woven art. In the Middle Ages, tapestries were originally designed to protect medieval rooms from damp and cold weather. In this activity, children will begin to learn the art of weaving by making a bookmark.
*This activity was adapted from an activity found on artprojectsforkids.org.
- Read the following books about weaving and tapestry:
- Therese Makes a Tapestry by Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs – highly recommended for children ages 6-10. (R)
- The Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco – highly recommended for children ages 6-10. (R)
- A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert – highly recommended for children ages 4-9. (R)
- Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow – recommended for children ages 4-7.
- Throughout the week, memorize Colosians 2:2, “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. “
- Unroll the burlap roll and iron until flat.
- Cut the roll in 7 inch strips.
- Cut yarn into pieces 9 inch long.
- Have your child thread their needle with a strip of yarn.
- Starting about 1.5 inches down from the top, go over and under each burlap string until the yarn reaches the full width of the burlap.
- Trim the yarn ends even with the sides.
- Repeat this until the burlap is filled with beautiful color.
- Using a hole punch, make a hole about 1 inch from the top.
- Take a piece of yarn and fold it in half. Loop the folded end about an inch through the hole and pull the other two loose ends through and gently pull.
- Consider giving your woven bookmark away as a Christmas gift.
- To see a beautiful piece of art, a tapestry done by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris called the “Adoration of the Magi”, watch the following video: