Thursday, August 4, 2011

So my daughter wants to learn to weave...

... so I need you weavers to level with me.  What am I getting myself into?  She tried a floor loom at Estes Park, and a rigid heddle loom at the county fair.  A floor loom is out of the question.  No space and no money.  A rigid heddle loom, though, seems to my innocent self doable.  It doesn't take up much space.  Apparently if you use two heddles you can make it work like a four shaft loom, so it's fairly versatile.  Seems like a good idea.

Or is it?  I mean, you go through yarn really fast when you weave, right?  That probably means the kid will end up with her own yarn stash.  Or I will at least end up buying lots more yarn.  And then there's the question of what to do with the random strips she makes.  We only need so many scarves and pot holders.

And what happens if I get into it?  I already have a very doom-y number of projects lying around my house at various levels of completion.  And my stash occasionally begins to frighten me.  Or maybe I can let her use up the less loved portions of my stash.  There we have it!  This is not just an education project, or a keep the big kid from scaling the house project, but a stash reduction project.  She likes weird acrylic yarn.  Heck, she likes ALL yarn.  This definitely has some possibilities.

Yeah, she's probably getting a little loom for her birthday.  Gotta start 'em young and all that.  And she can operate a loom by herself, unlike knitting, crochet, and knitting looms.  Because mommy already has too much yarning to do.


  1. I bought a Cricut loom for our family at Christmas. Now, of course, my kids fight me for it but...we all use it. I now know that I want a larger Rigid Heddle (a 32 inch) and will let the kids take over the Cricut. Yarn stash? We picked up a bunch of yarn at the Salvation Army for the kids. We are referring to it as Charity Yarn and intend on donating the scarves we make to charity. Win/Win We all weave and give at the same time.

    Encourage the won't regret it.

  2. Oh, I think it's a great idea. Weaving is a great way to teach (or learn) patience.

    I like WWG's suggestions for donating scarfs... another good learning opportunity.

    You could also sew the pieces together to make blankets, or bags, or jackets.