"There are big waves and little waves,
green waves and blue,
Waves you can jump over,
Waves you dive through,
Waves that rise up like a great water wall,
Waves that swell softly and don't break at all,
Waves that can whisper,
Waves that can roar,
And tiny waves that run at you running on the shore"
In Class One in Steiner schools here in Australia, the children start their first weaving on a flat loom, using an assortment of colours of the rainbow (but no greens or neutrals).
It is a task in finger dexterity, rhythmical (nurturing the child's physicality and life force), requires a degree of concentration and focus, and produces such a simple yet ever so useful and delicious little bag/purse! The children have already been running and playing these in and out movements in their circle work in the morning, and now in this little woven article, they bring these big wave movements into their fingers.
There is something so reassuring in doing a simple weaving. The rhythm holds you, the colours tantalise, the progress is steady and meditative.
In Class 2 the children move onto circular/cylindrical weaving, using a tube. This could become a recorder bag or a water bottle holder, or any other useful bag. Later in the years this cylindrical weaving can be scaled down to make tiny bags woven with a needle around a toilet roll!