At the end of each row, wrap the yarn around the last straw and weave back.
As you weave, push up the finished rows up against the tape.
Weave the first color of yarn about halfway down the length of the straws. If you run out of yarn, tie a new piece to the tail of the first yarn.
At the end of the first yarn color, double knot the yarn around a straw on the end. Weave the tail into the straws. Note: My straws were taped too tightly, which is causing the widening of the straws.
Tie the second yarn to a straw on the end with a double knot. Variation: You can tie this yarn onto the end of the first colored yarn.
Weave through all six straws to get the top of the legs or “pants.”
To start the first leg, weave on only three of the pipecleaners.
Weave all the way down the leg. Double knot the end of the yarn on one of the straws and weave in the tail. I cut off the tape on my “legs” and twisted the pipecleaners together, to keep from sliding out of the straws. This let me make the legs longer.
Cut a new piece of yarn and double knot it to a straw on the end, for the next leg.
Use a glue gun to glue on eyes and a nose. Variation: Buttons may be sewn on for the eyes and nose.
More information about pipecleaner weaving can be found at: http://www.pipecleanerweaving.com/ http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/do/strawweaving. html http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/do/strawweaving. html http://www.ehow.com/how_6496389_use-straw- weaving-loom.html http://www.ehow.com/how_6496389_use-straw- weaving-loom.html This project was adapted from the Arts and Activities article: Straws are for More than Sipping by Barbara Herberholz, December 2004