Weaving Badgeweaving

Discover Art

Written by Jane Greaver, Troop 160

Extra contributions by Elizabeth Vicoryosmanson


(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement with the permission of a parent.)


Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the one starred:

_____ *1.  Understand what weaving is. Look at pictures of at least 3 different styles of weaving projects.  Examples might include woven baskets, woven paper, woven tapestries, woven rugs, etc.


Otter:  Do 4 requirements including the two starred:

_____ *1.  Do Penguin requirement #1.  Complete a potholder or other small project using a small square loom.

_____ *2.  Weave using paper, recycled magazines or old maps.  There are a variety of projects online and tutorials that can give you inspiration.


Dolphin:  Do 5 requirements including the two starred:

_____ *1.  Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ *2.  Learn the names of different parts of a simple loom and what they do.  Demonstrate a knowledge of the following weaving terms:  loom, heddle, beater, treadle, harness, reed, beam, warp, woof, and web.


Butterfly:  Do 6 requirements including the two starred:

_____ *1.  Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ *2. Watch a youtube video or read a how to book about how to make patterns in weaving.  Make a weaving pattern for a project, follow it and complete the project.   Know how to tie a broken thread.


Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the two starred:

_____ *1.  Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ *2.  Learn about the history of weaving.  What materials for weaving are grown in the U.S.A.?  What new materials have been used by modern weavers?


Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.



Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Name 3 materials that you can use for weaving.(4 for Otters, 5 for Dolphins, 6 for Butterflies, 7 for Eagles, 8 for Owls)

_____ 4.  Visit a museum or gallery that has examples of weaving.  There are many examples of weaving Navajo blankets and also pioneer clothes and  rugs.

_____ 5.  Create a woven gift to give to someone.

_____ 6.  Weave outdoors using natural materials.

_____ 7.  Weave a friendship bracelet.

_____ 8.  Complete a finger-weaving projects, ie.  Jumprope, cord, necklace.

_____ 9.  Complete a larger weaving project like a rug or wall hanging.

_____ 10.  Learn about famous weaving done by the Navajos or other modern weavers.

_____ 11.  Make a collection of pictures of patterns and types of weaving for your use.

_____ 12.  Find examples of weaving and arrange an exhibit of woven articles to show to family or friends.  Compare machine-woven and hand-woven pieces.

_____ 13.  Make some natural dyes and use them to dye materials for your weaving.

_____ 14.  Learn about commercial modern day looms.  How do they differ from old fashioned looms?  How do they work?  How fast can they go?  What is the quality difference between old and new looms?

_____ 15.  Learn about the weaving industry.  What type of education would you need for a job in this industry?  What type of pay could you expect?  Where might you have to live?

_____ 16.  Learn about Francis Cabot Lowell and the role he played in weaving history.  Learn about the town named after him as well as the "mill girls".

_____ 17.  Learn about at least three of the following loom types:  back strap, warp weighted, draw, hand, flying shuttle, haute-lisse, power, pit, circular, Dobby, free standing, or simple frame.