Weaving at Camp

March 2, 2009

Weaving for Children at Summer Camp

The most popular weaving activities for children at camp are the table-top looms. These are small weaving looms, usually between 6 and 24 inches wide, that sit on a table rather than standing on the floor. The shafts that move the “heddles” (and yarn!) up and down are operated by hand levers rather than foot treadles. This way, pressing each lever creates a different pattern of yarns, and ultimately a unique piece of cloth.

Using these looms, the camp children are weaving belts, bookmarks, scarves, even tapestries to hang on the wall. It’s amazing how these weaving activities turn out, but it’s also really fun.

Want to learn more? Here’s a .pdf article from Handwoven magazine that tells you how to weave a cool little critter.

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2 Responses to "Weaving at Camp"
  1. Cathy Godwin says:

    In preparing a powerpoint to show my elementary students different kinds of weaving looms, I came across your picture of 2 girls weaving on table looms. I would love to include this picture (and include the name of your camp! I wish I was a little girl again so I could go! Your camp sounds like soooo much fun!
    Cathy Godwin
    Visual Art
    West Lake Elementary School
    WCPSS

  2. Wonderful, this is so nice to see these children introduced to weaving and textiles at such a tender age. I own a weaving studio and travel offering seminars and weaving instruction for advanced weavers. As well as operate one of Canada’s best stocked online suppliers of weaving supplies and equipment. If my students started at this age, they would be incredible textile artists by now.

    Thank you for doing such a wonderful thing for the children.
    Jane Stafford
    JaneStaffordTextiles

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