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A very young weaver

On Saturday, I’ll have my booth at the Mercer Collective in Edmonton AB.

I am going to be demonstrating weaving in my booth, and I decided that the 6 foot configuration of my Dewberry Ridge Triangle loom will be perfect for this.

I had it set up to the 3 foot size, so changes were necessary.

Our 3 year old grandson was over at our house for his weekly playdate, so I asked him if he’d like to help me take the loom apart and put it back together again.

Oh, YES!!!

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I showed him where the allen wrench goes, and that was it…. he ~got it~ instantly!

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His mechanical abilities are exceptional…. I know, I know…. proud granny and all that…. but still… he is only 3!

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And, thanks to Gary McFarland’s brilliant engineering (he and his wife, Donna, are Dewberry Ridge Looms) my grandson and I quickly and easily had the 6 foot size tri loom assembled.

Here’s the link for Dewberry Ridge Looms: LINK

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I am also going to be taking my Structo loom with me- kids love to weave on it, and I often take it to shows so I can introduce children to the joy of weaving ๐Ÿ™‚

Our little guy has been weaving since he was a baby, (I blogged about it when he was 6 months old…. see this post: LINK ) so he’s a pro with the Structo:

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I love watching him weave…. his focus and knowing-ness are so neat!

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When his mamma and uncle were children, I always kept a loom warped up, just for them.

I wish that I had had the Structo then…. they would have loved it!

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Sharing the joy of weaving is so delicious!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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When should a child start learning how to weave?

It’s never too early, (or too late!) for a child to start learning how to weave.

I bought my daughter her first loom when she was 6 weeks old. It was a little Spears loom #2 from England.

And, when my daughter and son were little,ย ย  I had several looms set up for them to weave on, whenever they felt inspired to weave.

And, now, my grandson weaves with me:

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He’s been sitting in my lap at the loom since he was born, and he really gets what weaving is all about.

He’s helping me weave his Grampa’s Saori shirt:

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He’s two now, and he KNOWS about the shuttle!

He demanded the shuttle, and put it into the shed, and helped it across with his beautiful little chubby hands….

He LOVES the bobbin winder:

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His grampa will certainly feel the love that has been woven into this shirt!

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What do I recommend about teaching children to weave?

You don’t need a loom to start teaching a child to weave-ย  cardboard looms and foam meat trays are great.

(I’ll post some patterns and instructions for them)

Child friendly looms are great- the Cricket is wonderful, as are a whole slew of small looms- ESPECIALLY,

the wonderful potholder loom!

BUT- I DO NOT recommend trying to teach a child to weave with loopers on the potholder loom.

Loops are actually rather challenging to work with.

Yarn is much more user friendly, and I have all kinds of YouTube videos to help you get children weaving.

When you click on my Potholder loom weaving page on my webiste: LINKIE

and scan down to the bottom of the page, you will find all kinds of YouTube links for my video tutorials.

I recommend the book: 1,2,3 Easy as Can Be Critters to weave on the potholder loom

andย  Weavagarumiย  for beginning weavers.

So, go ahead, and get those kidlets weaving!

It’ll be the gift that keeps on giving, as they will be embarking on a magnificent voyage of discovery that will last their lifetime!

Happy Weaving! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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