Circle Weaving Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to to explore the concept of circle weaving. They will practice planning and executing their own designs, and will discuss the relationships between these processes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the principle elements of weaving.
  • Critically discuss the relationship between a design sketch and finished product.
  • Demonstrate the process of circle weaving.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.


Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.


  • Loom
  • Warp
  • Weft


  • Paper plates
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn in multiple colors


  • Ask students if they know how textiles are woven.
    • What does this process look like?
    • What do you call the frame that holds the yarn in place while weaving?
  • Explain that a traditional weaving is done on an object called a loom, and that it holds the yarn in place. Explain that looms are generally rectangular, but that it is possible to create a circular loom. Tell the class that this is what they'll be doing today. It may be helpful to have a completed version of a circle weaving to hold up so students can see what they'll be making.


Planning and Preparation

  • Start by asking students to plan out their designs. Explain what the finished product will roughly look like (again, having an example will be useful). Let students look over the available colors of yarn. Tell them that their designs can use one to five colors of yarn.
  • Ask students to sketch out a basic plan for their design using colored pencils.
  • Next, students will create their loom. Hand out a paper plate to each student.
  • Ask students to mark every inch around the edge of the plate. In the end, they must have an odd number of marks. This is more important than the distance between each mark being exact.
  • Ask students to cut a small notch into the plate at each mark.

Create the Warp

  • Tell students that first they will create the set of lines that holds tension in a weaving, called the warp. Ask students to select one color of yarn that they will use for their warp.
  • Students will tap the end of the yarn in the middle of the plate on the back.
  • Students will run the yarn over any notch along the edge of the plate, then run the yarn over the front of the plate to the notch on the opposite side.
  • Students will run the yarn back across the back of the plate to the notch to the right of the first one. Then, that yarn will be run back over the front of the plate over the existing string, and through the next notch. At this point, the front of the plate should look like an X.
  • Have students continue this pattern until all the notches are filled. Run the yarn across the front one more time. Cut the yarn and tape the end to the back of the plate.

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