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Weaving: News, tips and hints by Pat Monié

Weaving With a Two Harness Table Loom, and a 3-Year-Old

14 January 2015

My older grandson turned three just before Christmas this year. Definitely time for him to get to work weaving! And he couldn't get enough of it.

I brought a small two harness table loom for him - securely attached to a base of plywood. He tends to get a little exuberant at times, and securing the loom to a base turned out to be a very good thing. I had the loom pre-warped with a 13 inch wide warp of cotton rug warp (8/4). The weft was an extra heavy yarn - about the weight of rug yarn. This insured that the weaving moved along fairly quickly, and kept him engaged for about 8-10 minutes at a stretch.

I kept the praise going, and he kept the weaving going at a good clip. He was a master at the beating process. Cutting the placemat off of the loom all by himself was the frosting on the cake - he was absolutely thrilled.

His sister, aged five, had graduated to a bigger, heavier loom that I had warped up for a small rug. Her first weaving (at age three) had been a doll blanket (see my article on weaving with very young children). Her loom was also a two harness table loom, and I was able to set the two looms up right next to each other on the same coffee table - I did need help from another adult to enable both children to weave simultaneously. They couldn't get enough weaving in, and enjoyed every minute of it. - Of coarse, I did keep the weaving sessions short usually under ten minutes.

Their weavings were definitely 'Show & Share' items back at preschool. Such a great confidence-builder for a small child.

If you have a young person in your life, please don't hesitate to give weaving a try with them. The rewards will be many for both of you.

A side note - This year the 5-year-old's favorite thing was unwinding the balls of weft rag. She was so excited when it was time to wind rag onto an empty shuttle. She would walk backwards across the room turning the ball of weft - fascinated by the long strip of rag that was appearing before her. She also wanted to unwind the shuttles - often ending up with too long of a tail. Yes, each child needed their own adult!

There is a wonderful African proverb I love, and live by: "Each one, Teach one."