Weave Your Children's Summer Adventures Into an Earth Loom Story

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.

A few of Terri's latest projects should give you some idea! She has created a series of weavings for the four compass directions.  South, East, West and North.  They are beautiful.  Go check them out! 

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.


Here is a photo of my garden

Here is a photo of my garden loom for our elementary school. Thank you so much for your photos and inspiration!

awesome idea, like it Pam. On

awesome idea, like it Pam. On the art academy we had special rails on the ceiling and near by the ground to make those wall looms our selfs when we had to made such a freestyle weaving object.
When i had an workingplace at Johns home he had made such thing for me as well.
Still love weaving , but most time i don't have a spare moment anymore for it.
Some items i have kept i still loved i have an very old weaving tool, and my old big bench for at my roomsize loom i had in my old place in Utrecht.
When i was graudiated of the art academy i recieved it as a present of an old teacher of mine.I loved it , but i had to give it away when i needed the space for Johns things when he died.
I have given it to an weaving lady in Friesland, she only had to disconnected it and to take it with her.
I hope she is still glad with it.
You can use a old bike wheel as well.
or a ring of iron insteade of the embroidery ring of wood,
or just cartboard. Or just a big cup or bowl is working as well;-D
thank you for the sharing of this weaving article
many dutch hugs of me

It's wonderful to see how the

It's wonderful to see how the Earth Loom idea has caught on since my wife Susan and I created the very first one many years ago, and it was featured at the Common Ground Fair in Unity Maine, where one stands today for everyone to use, and the idea has spread far and wide. We have encouraged an EarthLoom builder in the UK to provide these looms to schools and festivals there.

Terri Bibby asked our permission to call her blog Weaving a Life (we have a website weavingalife.com where my wife Susan teaches weaving as a path to personal growth), and was very inspired by Susan's work. There are links on her blog to Weaving a Life. You can see that the seven-stick design is a beautiful and structurally strong way to create a loom.

The home of Earth Looms is http://earthloom.org. We love to see them everywhere. We have lesson plans for using Earth Looms in schools, and inspiring stories of Earth Looms in many places.

Blessings on you for sharing the beauty of this community weaving!

Richard Merrill, weaving@weavingalife.com

I am so happy to hear from

I am so happy to hear from you Richard!  And thrilled that you left so much important information and links here for future readers.  I am thinking of reposting it in late spring just before school is out and sharing all the links you have provided.  

I too have been so happy to stumble across blogs featuring your lovely Earth Looms - it does seem as tho the idea has great appeal.  In fact, I am glad you wrote me and reminded me that I need to set one up again - really enjoyed it so much.  And the idea to have ready-made looms available - especially small ones for meditation spaces - and large for use at community events or community spaces.  Wow!

Checking out the links you sent  and very happy to meet a fan of Terri's work.

Thank you both for creating and sharing the Earth Loom with the world.


Thanks for posting the photos

Thanks for posting the photos and essay about your earth loom.I will be sharing them with gs leaders at an out door skills nature crafts workshop. It is such a lovely addition to your garden! I am inspired by your creativity. Shalom LSL

Love your Earth Loom and so

Love your Earth Loom and so glad that you are sharing the idea with others - it is such a fun thing to work on for all ages! My cousin actually built mine for me when he was visiting and many different people have added things to the weaving.

Thanks also for the links!

Happy Weaving,

ooh. thanks for these

ooh. thanks for these photos! something that can be embellished over the summer months... a GREAT idea. Thanks for the links, too.

What a beautiful idea--thanks

What a beautiful idea--thanks for sharing:)

This is just a brilliant,

This is just a brilliant, wonderful , fantastic craft, which I MUST do with my kids!!!! I love it!

I've featured this wonderful

I've featured this wonderful earth loom in my weekly roundup of creative and inspiring ideas I've discovered this past week, blogged here:

Camille =)

What a wonderful idea! My

What a wonderful idea! My kids are always wanting to collect and keep things that they find. This is one reason I made them each a fairy garden. They started out as rock gardens for all the rocks they want to collect and I....well, I always used to just toss them when they were not looking. Bad Mommy. So, I gave them an area to house their rocks (in the backyard). This has now evolved into their fairy gardens, but that still includes area to add more rocks. But they are forever collecting seashells and the like. This earth loom is PERFECT for this. I think I'll do like two strings for each child to keep them from fighting over whose item was whose! Seriously, what a fantastic idea...and perfect just before we embark on our trip to Yellowstone! YAY! Thanks again for wonderful inspiration!

Just wanted to say that it

Just wanted to say that it was such a great idea to let them have their rock/fairy garden! I remember my collection of rocks when I was a child. My mom did the same - she tossed them when I wasn't looking. There were some rocks I did not care much about, but there were some that were like treasure to me. I can still picture the most favourite one I had... I was very angry at my mother back then.Till this day, when I remember that incident, I have bitter feelings about it. We often think that simple things like rocks, feathers, beads, old school workbooks or agendas, and so on are just that - stuff that can be replaced or lost its value, or old and unnecessary. For the kids the same little things could mean the world! It was so amazing that you came up with this idea to let them hold on to their treasure!

I also haven`t heard of that

I also haven`t heard of that before. Looks interesting :)

I love these! Your images are

I love these! Your images are wonderful. Gracie's school made a large earth loom in the garden of their playground. It was fantastic, the children all got to weave their own magic into it.
Another beautiful post. I look forward to checking out your links when I have a chance.

Lovely, lovely! I had never

Lovely, lovely!

I had never heard of an Earth loom before - I wish I had somewhere to make/keep one! :-)

oh, i love this!! i will be

oh, i love this!! i will be looking for a sweet spot in our yard to put together an earth loom for our family.

speaking of family, you mentioned vancouver, wa as your hometown - most of my family lives there too - we are not too far north ourselves, and love visiting, with Portland right there too! beautiful place, and small world!

Wow! This is too cool! I

Wow! This is too cool! I can't wait to share this with my nephews. :)

What a great project. That's

What a great project. That's something my 8-yr-old would love. Now to find some good sticks.

I so love your earth loom

I so love your earth loom Pam! I like it better than Terri Bibby's actually! :) I prefer the look of the rope to tie it together rather than nails. It looks wonderful with all the corn and fresh flowers you've added to it. Thanks for the instructions too. Think I would love to have a go, and I'll definitely send you some pics when/if I get around to doing it. :)