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Re: lap looms

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Ted Beilby (tbeilby)
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 21:55:59 -0600

My eight (6th grade) classes are weaving right now. I have instructed them
in notching their own cardboard loom. Not all get it right the first time.
Lots to learn including exact measurements to make with a ruler. I also
have a plywood loom made with nails to hold warp that I have had for years
with a partially completed tapestry and I have a friendly loom set up in
front of the class that has been being worked on by a number of students. I
also use the friendly loom to demonstrate weaving techniques.

I gave them the choice of working on a cardboard loom, bringing in a round
loom (coat hanger, wood, vine) for a open circle weaving, or bringing in
something to coil (pine needles, jute or strips of cloth).
The round looms are getting done the fastest. Two on the wall with beads
hanging from them.
The cardboard "loomers" are making tapestries (one side) with picture or
pillows or bags (work on two sides of loom).

Most students chose to work on the cardboard looms because they didn't have
to bring anything in and also the pillows and bags were a popular choice for
Christmas gifts. One student actually collected pine needles. This is an
assignment I have done with whole classes before when I brought in the pine
needles. Several student are working on coil pillows with jute as the core
material. These are looking really nice. One student's pillow turned into a
hacky sack that we filled with beans today. One student who's mother is a
quilter brought in long strips of fabric for coil core of a pillow. One
student went home and made a plywood loom.
I allow students to take looms home to work on, most want to take it home.
I tell them before they take it home that I will not furnish them with a
second loom if they leave it at home or loose it. I tell them they will
have to find cardboard, cut it at home, and buy yarn for a second. And when
the one's come in that have forgotten I have them work on the friendly loom.
so far I have not had more than four who are without their personal loom per
class. And this works out well. They know that they will not get to take
the friendly loom weaving home. Most have returned the next time with their
own loom.

These weaving classes are relaxing for me. Then I have my two (7th grade)
classes who are working on print making and that's a different story. This
has turned into my first long post. I couldn't keep from sharing with all
the talk about weaving. I have gathered a wealth of information from many
of you. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Diane Beilby

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