Friday, November 25, 2011

ground looms week 3

This is from last week, but I just got the photos. This was the week we constructed and warped our ground looms. It was a rainy day, so a nice day to be inside T's house working on our looms. First the kids selected some appropriate sticks and yarn. (It would have been far beyond the scope of the experience we wanted to give our kids to have them use only hand-spun mohair for this, so we used commercial wool yarn instead -- they can incorporate their hand-spun into the weaving.)

We tied on 25 long warp threads to each loom. This took us awhile (like pretty much the entire 2 hour project slot for the day). The goal is for each of the kids to weave a strip of fabric about a foot wide by about 10 feet long. (The strips will be sewn together to form the nomadic tent.)

J trims his warp threads to the same length.

Two of the kids work on rolling up their loom for easy transport. The looms will be unrolled and staked into the ground and the weaving done outdoors.

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