Monday, July 15, 2013

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According to Look What Came from China book, first rugs came from China, and I had make a rug in our China activity bucket list. I planned to just use a felt square and decorate it, but Anna informed me that she wants to weave a rug and produced her science book What Is It Made Of? that contained instructions on making a cardboard loom. I ended up using a weaving tutorial at Made by Joel for our first attempt at rug weaving. IMG_0415It sort of worked, but the resulting rug was very coarse and only partially held together. It might be due to me not knowing how to secure the ends properly or due to the fact that our yarn was very thick and the distance between threads was rather large. At this point my husband got interested in the project and started to look at looms online. He came up with very ambitious ideas for a semi-mechanical loom, but decided to start with a simple peg loom first and enlisted Anna’s help in building it. She was excited to help him with some of the jobs such as sawing and cutting pegs for the loom out of bamboo skewers. IMG_0585

IMG_0552Anna was struggling with the weaving pattern at first, but my husband made her a “needle” out of a popsicle stick that really helped her to keep the pattern. We also learned not to make a thread too long to avoid tangling and knots. It was interesting for me to see how focused she stayed on this activity putting a good 30-45 minutes every day into weaving a small rug. Now we have to figure out how to take it off the loom without unraveling it. Any ideas will be appreciated!

6 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

You might check out the Klutz Potholder and Other Loopy Projects book/kit.

Ticia said...

I"m pretty bad at tying off weaving projects. I've only ever successfully done it once. I like to pretend I can, but I really suck at it.

Phyllis said...

What an interesting project. She looks so absorbed.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

That is the coolest small loom I have ever seen!

To remove it, take one loop off at a time, snip the ends and then tie them together in a square knot. You'll end up with a fringe on each end - does that make sense?

Carrie said...

What a fun activity!! It came out beautifully. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

lkgmita said...

How fun! And nice that the whole family got involved :) I especially love that you shared tips on what worked and what didn't, very helpful. Thanks for sharing at the Culture Swapper!