Historic Folk Toys: Book, 'Weaving Songs & Games'
Our Weaving Songs and Games Book (94302) contains the history of weaving and these five weaving songs: Weaving Song, Pass the Yarn Ball, Weaver in the Middle, How Close You Are, and The More We Weave Together. This book also contains the following weaving games: Weaver's Relay, Shuttle Relay, Pass it Relay, Yarn Ball Relay, Shuttle Slap, Pass the Yarn Ball, Weaving Motion Ditto, Yarn Collecting Game, Weaver in the Middle, Count-out Rhymes, Yarn Catch-it Ball, Yarn Guess Ball, Weaver's Knot Game, Hunt the Thimble, and Thimble Game. Book includes nostalgic illustrations.
Historical Background: Weaving songs are considered "work songs" (or "labor songs") that people would sing while working. Spinning and weaving were often solitary and time-consuming work. Children also worked at some of these chores and learned the songs. Later, when the tasks of weaving and spinning were not necessities, the songs still lingered on for the next generation to sing for fun.
In Scotland, weaving and spinning were hard work, but there was time for play and social gatherings such as "spinning bees." During these gatherings, young girls would demonstrate their skills along with songs and stories. One humorous verse is "The Weaver o' the North."
There was a weaver o' the north
And oh but he was curel,
The very nicht that he got wed
He sat an' grat for gruel.
The text to another weaving song is:
If it wisna for the weavers, what would we do?
We wadna hae claith made o' oor woo',
We wadna hae a coat, neither black nor blue
Gin it wisny for the wark o' the weavers.
There were also many Irish weaving and spinning songs that were developed. One of the main characteristics of these artistic folk songs is their simplicity. They were easily sung or played on a fiddle. There are songs about flax, spinning, the spinner, the spinning wheel, shearing the sheep, weaving, the weaver, loom, and shuttle. Much of this music falls into the category of Irish jigs and reels. Some of the earliest Irish music was notated in 1792. Another collection of Irish music was published between 1902 and 1905.
Games and songs associated with weaving are easy enough for kindergarten children to play and sing. While the games are being played, a song with a familiar or simple tune can be sung. The kinds of games associated with weaving include relay games, hunting games (like "I spy"), guessing games, and counting games. The lyrics of these songs may have repetitious phrases, show the importance of weaving, or just be fun to sing.
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5"