Level: 4th Grade
Subject: social studies, art
Approx. Time: 45-60 minutes
- Children will learn how Indian quilting affected English and American fabric work.
- Children will follow pattern in stitching to attach mirrors.
- Children will use creativity in their fabric design.
- Children will write a description of their sash.
- Assorted fabric pieces
- Glue stick or craft glue
- embroidery floss
- 1" diameter circular mirrors
- embroidery needles
- paper, pencil
- Anticipatory Set: Show children a piece that contains shisha appliqu
- Explain history of technique/quilting. Share book that contains pictures of various quilts.
- long tradition of excellence in textiles and needlework design
- strong influence on European quiltmaking
- English East India Trade Co. (1600) effected popularity of quilting in England
- exotic to British, sought by fashionable British
- quilts still made in India
- technique also used on clothing
- Ask children if they have seen anything that may have been influenced by this in US society. Make a class list.
- Today, we are going to have a chance to make our own sash using shisha appliqué
- Demonstrate how to attach mirrors
- use a small dab of glue to put mirrors in place
- thread needle
- stitch in criss cross pattern demonstrated below
- Intro. activity: Tell the students to design their own sash using varied materials and mirrors.
- Bring safety issues to children's attention. Needles, sharp points, etc.
- Pass out materials: have helper table pass out mirrors, needles pre-threaded. Have one table at a time, come to front of room and select sash color.
- Have children write a description of their sash and also include how Indian quilting has affected other quilting pieces and their own.
- Sashes and descriptions will be displayed in the class for cultural fair.
Obj. #1: I will evaluate the children's understanding of how Indian quilting has affected English and American fabric quilting through our discussion and their written descriptions.
- Did they add to discussion?
- Were they able to develop a list of American items influenced?
- Did they make connections in their individual write ups?
- Obj. #2: I will circulate as the children work to determine their ability to follow stitch pattern. I will also look at the final products to determine whether they followed the stitching pattern.
- Obj. #3: I will look at the children's individual sashes and the display of sashes at the fair to admire the creativity they children used.
- Obj. #4: I will assess the children's writing sample.
- Is the necessary information included; description, historical info.
- Is the writing coherent, legible, grammatically correct?
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