- Look closely at the weft of a Kente cloth, or any other geometrically-patterned woven fabric, to see how the weaver has changed from one colour to the next to create the geometric pattern. Note the difference in material qualities when different types of threads are used. Can you tell if the fabric has been woven by machine or by hand.
- Research clothing from a culture of your choice for celebratory events, for example, 'Tartan and kilts from Scotland', 'Traditional clothing from Wales', 'wedding dress' and 'funeral outfits'.
- Use a steel rule and a craft knife to cut parallel slits about 1cm apart along the length of a sheet of A3 paper. The slits should start about 5cm from the top and finish about 5cm from the bottom. Cut 1cm strips from the length of assorted coloured A4 paper and use these strips to weave in and out of the A3 sheet. Create your own colour combinations and experiment to find your own geometric pattern.
- Find some stiff card measuring about 20cm by 15cm. Hold the card portrait and cut v-shaped notches about 1cm apart into the top and bottom of the card. Wind wool around the top and bottom notches on one side (left or right) and lightly tie them together, leaving a short piece of wool and a very long piece. Continue winding the long piece of wool up and down the card through the notches. Pull the wool tight and tie it off after tensioning it through the last notches. You should now have a piece of card with parallel threads lightly wrapped around it (these are the warp threads). Wind coloured wool onto card shuttles and weave these under and over the warp threads in one direction, and over and under in the opposite direction (these are the weft threads). Once you have finished, tie the last weft thread onto each warp thread to stop it unravelling. Experiment with different weft threads, for example you could use grasses, thin strips of rag, or strips from plastic carrier bags. Try creating repeating patterns using different weft thread.
- Design and make a woven fashion statement. Work out the shape or size of your article - it could be something small, like a key fob or a bag tag, or something bigger, like a wristband, scarf or strap for a bag. Work out how you will arrange your warp threads.
- Design symbols or patterns that you could weave - the symbols should represent something you like or feel strongly about. Find the most appropriate colours and textures from a range of different materials. Once you have designed and made your fashion statement, find out as much as you can about the environmental impact of your product. Carry out an evaluation in groups. Who gave you the knowledge and materials to do the work? Who should have ownership of your design and product?