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Being a weaver of 40 years, I wanted to have an opportunity to teach my students how to weave. I made an appeal to my fiber friends to donate money towards my cause, and within one month I had raised enough to buy ten15″ Cricket rigid heddle looms.
My students love learning how to weave, and I think it’s a great entry point into the world of fibers. It’s an easy loom to set up, and within about an hour, students can start weaving. Here’s a great video about setting up a rigid heddle loom by Jane Patrick:
It’s wonderful that scarves are so in right now! My students’ beginning project is a scarf for themselves or as a gift for someone. A quick and simple project which is totally customized for them, becomes a magical creation that they are proud to wear.
Weaving is fun and can introduce them to the pleasures of working with fibers. Once hooked, they come back for more, like this student who made a second scarf using a more complex fabric structure. Interested in starting your own program? Contact us – we’ll be happy to give you suggestions and support to bring this activity to your own classroom.