Go for a lovely autumnal walk in the woods or park, and try to find a V-shaped stick among the fallen leaves. Warm up with a hot chocolate when you’re home, before you set to work.
Tie the end of a long piece of string or thread onto the stick near the V. Then, wind the thread back and forth between the two forks of the stick, wrapping it around the stick once each time to help it stay in place. This is called the warp. Try not to do this too tightly as it will pull the sticks together and the tension will be too loose.
Choose your threads. We used a mixture of wool and threads to create various textures within the weave, and autumn colours, but you can use anything you like.
Tie your first thread onto the first warp thread and, using a darning needle, weave the thread through. You will need to pass this under then over each warp thread repeatedly to create the weave. This is called the weft. Darning needles have a large eye for bigger threads and wool, and are not too sharp for little fingers. You can buy children’s plastic threading needles if you prefer.
Repeat using your choice of threads and colours, creating your own individual pattern.
Once complete add a fringe using leftover pieces of thread. Make a loop and thread this loop through a gap near the edge of the weave. Then pull the ends of the thread through the loop and pull to tighten. When you’ve done this give it a trim.
This is a really good way to develop fine motor skills and handeye coordination for children. It also makes a great piece of wall art, garden decoration or gift.