Last night I taught a small group of boys the Textile Merit Badge. They had a lot of fun. So did I, of course.
I bring so much stuff for show & tell that it takes me a full half hour just to set up.
Potholders in eight different weaving patterns, my critter hats, a sampler afghan, a Boy Scout quilt and more.
Samples of all the different fibers: cotton, silk, wool, and three types of fleece.
Books, magazines, hand-dyed wools, fabric samples
Being resourceful, we taped a sheet to the wall for our projector screen. I set the tables up in a U so I can walk in the center and show the students tips and techniques.
Each Scout spends almost the entire class working in their weaving project while listening. This weaving project constantly gets interrupted for other portions of the class (e.g. the sample fabric board (shown on the table to the right of the weaving project); questions and answers, and dyeing fabric.
My Scouting friend Gari came to help me out, brought her son to earn the merit badge, and these beautiful tapestries from a trip to Peru.
The best part was this stunning loom and tapestry, also from Peru, that she showed made out of repurposed wood and a bone shuttle! Ingenious.
Most of the boys left before I remembered to get a group pictures of their weaving projects. Didn't they do a fabulous job?
Thanks Frank for having me teach your Troop my favorite merit badge. Thanks Gari for coming to help.
We now have NINE more Scouts who learned about textiles. My favorite part? At the end of the class, I had two Scouts tell me "This was the funnest merit badge I ever earned."
Well, there you have it.