Weaving, the creation of textiles or cloth by interlacing materials, is one of the original craft activities taught at Rockbrook. From a beginner’s potholder project to using a full-sized floor loom, there are many types of weaving that campers can try at camp.
Our weaving classes take place in a 19th century log cabin called Curosty. In a catalog from the 1930’s Curosty is described as: “a place where the lore of the mountains is preserved in the indigenous craft of weaving.”
Finger weaving is one of the simplest types of weaving, using only yarn or “loopers and your fingers to make things like necklaces and belts. These accessories are great for all of the dress up opportunities at Rockbrook! Another very popular weaving project is to use the potholder looms to create colorful potholders and practice weaving techniques.
Flat lap looms allow girls to really understand how “warp” and “weft” work. The warp threads are the tight threads strung across the loom, providing structure for the fabric. The weft threads are the pieces of colorful yarn that get drawn through the warp, usually creating patterns.
Girls may also get a chance to do basket weaving, usually done outside where the girls can place their feet in the cool stream as they work.
Once campers have mastered the basics, they can try larger and more complicated projects. Rockbrook has table looms and wide standing Leclerc floor looms. The girls are taught different geometric patterns that are created by lifting groups of warp fibers as the weft is passed between them. Complimentary colors are selected for the thread and yarn, helping to create a beautiful geometric cloth. An exciting part of weaving is seeing how each row can allow a new pattern to emerge. As a traditional activity that is not frequently taught, Rockbrook girls get a special chance to take part in a rewarding craft that has a rich history. For some girls, weaving at camp can begin a lifelong hobby that allows their creative talents to shine.