Introducing Weaving To Kids
It was an introduction to weaving weekend in our house – for both Molly and moi. I cannot believe I haven’t tried this before! I picked up a little wooden kids loom at Tiger store last week, together with some deliciously ‘hairy’ wool (originally bought to make beards for toilet roll characters or something) but Molly ‘absolutely for certain’ wanted the hairy wool in her weave. Weaving is such a gorgeous craft for kids, Molly is utterly hooked and planning ahead for next weekend already – she wants to try polka dots and triangles. I’m off to find simple tutorials on youtube….. and a bigger loom, mommy wants to play too :)
“weaving is easier than knitting mom, and way funner” :)
Molly made the woven panel all on her own-y-oo, she only needed my help a handful of times reversing her out of a mistake or two. She was so into it, her focused and serious ‘making’ face was only priceless. She persisted until she was finished – and that doesn’t happen too often!!
Isn’t the ‘hairy’ wool just fabulous!!
I stepped in at the end to add some pom pom weights at the bottom and find her a smooth stick to hang her weave from. She has decided to gift her first weaving to her after school minder Laura – too ‘add a pop to her house’, I’m jealous, but so so proud at the same time :)
Thanks to Barbara from ArtBar for the pom pom inspiration xx and if you don’t have a loom she shows you how to make one at home from a piece of cardboard!
I have found similar kids looms on Amazon if you are interested in exploring the magic of weaving in your home too (affiliate links)
– same cute size loom (for projects 5.5″ x 9″) one that Molly has here
– slightly bigger kids lap loom (for projects 9″‘ x 15″) which would offer greater flexibility for weave length and width
– this pack of cute pack of Bonbon bright wool/yarn is so fun for kids to work with
– and I found some fun fur Lion Brand yarn in ooodles of funky colours
I hope this article inspires you to introduce weaving to your kids. They will love it xx