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« on: January 29, 2011 06:45:00 AM »

Hi Craftsters! I recently got a job teaching weaving at a summer camp. The camp has several broken floor looms, but I think one still works. I will be working with girls aged 7 to 16, and my plan is to have the floor loom set up while the kids work on a smaller craft and have them come one at a time to try out the loom. My question for you is: what will the kids be weaving on the loom? I was thinking of making one big thing that contributes to the camp, like a tapestry (there are a few hanging up already) but I am not a very experienced weaver and I think a tapestry is a little beyond me, not to mention the seven year olds who will be helping. The only other thing I can think of is a rug, but there isn't really anywhere to put it, and I'm not sure having everyone's dirty feet walking all over it is what I want to happen to all the kids' work. So does anyone have any ideas for a big project that will be easy enough for kids to make but still useful for a camp?

« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011 02:57:29 PM »

Plan on using weft stripes and you can make a panel with lots of rainbow colored stripes to use as a wall hanging. Play with different thickenesses of weft. It's simple and every camper can point to their stripe later.

For older girls who might be experienced you can show them clasped weft technique

or leno lace weaving

Also research "saori" weaving which is a free form style of weaving design.

Have fun with it!
Franco Rios
Sacramento Calif
« Last Edit: February 07, 2011 03:02:32 PM by francorios » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2015 05:23:03 PM »

I love Saori weaving too.  I have taken their approach to weaving ( we are not machines and all our weaving will be different).  No mistakes just design elements. This takes the pressure off to be perfect. Good lesson for young people I think.
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