Start by creating a tote that campers can use to collect treasures for other projects.
Things You Need
- Wooden picture frames with 4x6 or 5x7 openings
- Old socks
- Crochet hook (optional)
- Crewel needles
Give each camper a frame and push pins.
Push the pins into the frame, going all the way around the opening. Set the pins as close together as possible. If campers have trouble getting the pins to go into the wood, make pilot holes with a finishing nail and hammer.
Cut the socks to make 1/2-inch loops.
Hook the loops onto the pins, stretching them from top to bottom on the frame.
Weave more strips through the ones on the pins, going over and under alternately, from left to right. Hook the loop ends on the pins. Continue until every pin has loops on it. It may be easier to use a large crochet hook or a hook made from a recycled wire clothes hanger.
At one corner, take the second loop off the pin and pull it through the corner loop. Pull the third loop through the second, the fourth through the third and continue all the way around the loom.
Make a second woven mat.
Stack the mats together and use the yarn to whipstitch them together.
Attach a carbineer clip to the open loops for attaching the pouch to a belt loop or braid several strands of yarn to make a strap to go over the camper’s body. Stitch it to the pouch.
Encourage campers to collect seeds, leaves, small twigs and other natural “treasures" and keep them in the collecting bags until needed for other projects.
Tip: You can also buy weaving strips at craft stores.