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Make A Woven Newspaper Sit-Upon
Teach A Child Beginning Basketweaving Skills With This Free Craft Project

Weave a newspaper Sit-Upon to use as a gardening kneeling pad, cushion to sit on around the campfire or mat to sit on while you watch the fireworks or musical concert this Summer - gardensitupon.jpg (30664 bytes) Susi Nuss  2001, All Rights Reserved

Early Weaving Recollections

Debbie writes: "I do remember as a Girl Scout making boondoggle key chains, paper sit-upons and reading once about the Indians making baskets out of grasses. I do know my great aunt (deceased now) made baskets of pine needles and also reed. I didn't really appreciate them at that age. I also watched my mom making lattice pie crusts once in a while, over one, under one etc, etc, etc.
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Summer is on its way and with it will come many outdoor activities or chances for family fun. There will be ample opportunity to sit around campfires in the woods or sit watching fireworks displays and band concerts on the lawn. Sitting in those spots can be made more comfortable if you have something between you and the hard, cold ground. You can make an effective seat cushion using only a few sheets of recycled newspaper and a basic basketweaving technique.

How many of us can look back into our childhood and recall sitting with a parent, relative, friend, Scout leader or camp counselor learning the important concept of "over-one, under-one"? I believe that our earliest weaving experiences can have an influence on the development of interest in basketweaving later in life. As adult basketmakers, whether recreational or professional, it is our responsibility to nurture the interest of children and youth in learning the skills that will be necessary to become serious basketmakers later in life. This Summer, whether you are acting as a camp counselor teaching crafts projects for Summer camp, getting the family ready for a camping trip or you are a parent or grandparent just trying to keep the kids busy, try weaving one of these mats. You will never know if you are planting the seed that will become tomorrow's great basket artist.

Step By Step Instructions To Make A Newspaper Sit-Upon

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