Now that you have built your loom, using the directions in the previous post, Build a Simple Frame Loom, you’re ready to help your kids learn frame loom weaving! The videos in this article demonstrate setting up or warping, weaving, and removing a weaving from the loom. All three links are at the bottom of this post.
Keep in mind that kids focus on process when they do art – not always product. Sometimes what they do isn’t what we would think to do, but that’s OK. Just let them experiment and solve problems. Help them with the techniques and skills and try not to make suggestions about how they actually choose to do their weaving. Fun is the name of the game.
Materials to Gather Before You Start Weaving
- Loom – how to Build a Simple Frame Loom at this link.
- Yarn – as much as you can find. Inexpensive and down right cheap yarn is easy to find out there. Kids especially love the “fat” yarns.
- Junk for kids to add while they weave – sticks, ribbon, lace, buttons etc. They will find their own once they get the idea.
- Warp Yarn – doesn’t need to be anything special – unless you want it to be. Simple two-ply yarn works well and any color your child wants will do.
- Chopstick, 12″ length of a small dowel, or a long pencil
- Shed stick
- Afro comb for tamping yarn as the kids weave
- Crochet hook
- Easel – small table top version, inexpensive, convenient
- Large tweezers – this tool works for pulling single row items, such as a bit of ribbon or whatever, through the shed area of the warp threads without having to wrap it around a shuttle. Plus, you can cook with them!
Frame Loom Weaving
I won’t ramble on about how to set up, weave, and finish weaving here because it’s all in the videos! Enjoy. If you have questions, contact me.