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Weave Your Children's Summer Adventures Into an Earth Loom Story
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 20:04
I just finished my very own Earth Loom and can't wait to share!
Building the loom is very easy and would be a great family project for the summer. Once the loom is completed, let your children weave in all the collected memories and treasures found as they stroll beaches, picnic in the forest or walk in a local park or in the countryside.
The Earth Loom is not my idea but one I have enthusiastically adpoted from an extraordinary Saori weaver, Terri Bibby.
Saori Weaving? A Japanese hand weaving that allows for complete self expression in the weaving process as taught by the founder of Saori, Misao Jo. I find it very meditative.
She has been very kind to allow me to share some of her own images of her Earth Loom which she shared on her blog, Weaving a Life. I am very grateful for her generosity because as you can see, her loom is much neater than mine!
I am thinking her loom is held together with wood screws. I lashed mine together using my old Girl Scout training for "making with sticks"!
When Terri posted this image of her loom, woven with fall leaves, fir branches and a bit of ribbon, I started thinking the Earth Loom would be a wonderful way for children to display their collected summer treasures.
After weaving in a few rows of garden trimmings, I made a search of the house and came up with a few items that might add a little interest to my own Earth Loom.
I am thinking a few fresh flowers now and then would be pretty.
I spaced these pretty loosely just so you could get an idea about what I am suggesting, but you can weave as loose or tight as you wish.
Drift wood, sea weed, long pine cones, cedar branches, oddly shaped sticks, branches of fall leaves, dried wheat or oats or flowers found along roadways....
And of course there is even the option of tying a few "unweavable" objects right on to the warp - like sea shells, or sand dollars or pretty stones.
Earth Looms are very easy to construct. All you need are a few sticks and some twine.
The two vertical supports are about 6 feet long and the horizontal pieces are about 3 feet long. But, of course you can make them any size you wish. Even small enough to sit on a desk!
The two little supports at the top are critical for stability. They keep it from wobbling!
Regular old twine works perfectly for both lashing the poles together and for warping the loom.
You will notice that Terri's loom actually has another support attached to the back of her loom. You might want to add one if you don't happen to have a handy support nearby for anchoring your loom like I do.
Once the warp is in place, you are ready to begin weaving!
Happy summer memory weaving everyone! And send me pictures! Please.