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BTRT Patterns (on Etsy)

Sunday, 2 May 2010
Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly,
'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there."
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."(Mary Howitt)
Rowan likes spiders. And insects.
Her mother does not.
But I strive to maintain both calm and interest, if to politely decline to hold the little creatures, in their best interest, of course~!

This week we received our large weaving frame from Spiel & Holz (I would link it up except that I cannot find it in English, we purchased through a coop/ group buy ~shopping a German site with only Babelfish and a giggling 4 year old was an experience in itself!).  I love all the possibilities.  The attached information touts it as a geometric frame and encourages the creation of various geometric patterns. Rowan knew it to be a spider's web-maker at first glance.
So we rolled with that.

Once she got the hang of keeping her yarn 'taut' (her new word for the day!), she did quite well to weave it on her own.  I helped her with the beads, but a blunt needle and some help threading, and she could also have done that on her own.

When the weaving was done, she chose her favourite spider from our bug field guide~ the yellow garden spider which she calls the 'Sunflower Spider'.  She drew one on cardstock, named it Charlotte and we added Charlotte to the web (with a nameplate).
Our plan is to put a hook by the front door for hanging our woven hoop.  The weaving will easy hold our found treasures of the season when we come in from outdoors~ creating a place to display them and a seasonal welcome to our home.
 I absolutely love a good open-ended toy! Yay!

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