Granddaughter F will be here in a few days! Every visit my goal is to teach (or remind) her a hand craft. This visit it is weaving (again), and my 15″ Cricket loom from Schacht awaits her. (Her last weaving project was done on a Harrisville Design’s lap loom.)
In preparation for my Granddaughter F’s visit, I ordered two (matching) kits from Cotton Clouds: The Cotton Loop Rug (left) and the Cotton Looper Placemats (right).
Waiting for the kits to arrive, I envisioned us sitting companionably in the long summer evenings, happily chatting, as we connect the loops into the weft yarn. Then we would weave side by side – Mormor (grandmother) on the floor loom and Granddaughter F at the Cricket.
I saw it so clearly in my mind! I shared this bucolic vision with Thor, who, knowing both Granddaughter F and me, mildly suggested I might want to revisit that vision. I was resistant to that; my plans were perfect!
Then the kits arrived; my vision began to tarnish. Each kit consisted of an 8 oz. spool of cotton rug warp and 3 pounds of cotton loops for the weft. I hadn’t realized how many loops would be in 3 pounds!
After taking several hours one evening to connect 3 pounds of cotton loops, I knew my energetic 8 year old granddaughter would not find much fun in looping all these into weft! Here is the pile (to the left) of loop-weft I made from the first 3 pound bag of loops. Thor, thankfully, did not say “I told you so.”
The next evening I sat down with the second 3 pound bag and connected the loops. I saved approximately 25 for Granddaughter F to loop together herself.
I next warped my floor loom for the rug and the Cricket loom for the placemats. I have already woven several inches of the rug on the floor loom; tomorrow I’ll weave one or two of the four placemats on the Cricket.
Ahhh, as I admire the colorful rag cotton loop rug growing on my loom, another vision forms in my mind’s eye: Granddaughter F walks in, sees the looms and exclaims, “Oh, this is beautiful! Which loom is mine? Please – puh-leeze – can we start weaving?!?!” (Pic source)
I’ll let you know if my visions had any link to reality. There’s always a chance Granddaughter F won’t be excited by the prospect of weaving.
Were you successful in encouraging your (grand)child to weave? Any tips to share?