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Submitted by Weavolutionary on Fri, 07/10/2009 - 11:05
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I hope this gets more active than the group I started on Yahoo. It falls silent for long months )-;
I will happily migrate any files etc we have over here if it helps.
I teach every year in our annual kids' "art camp" and you can see pix here:http://tinyurl.com/klacq9 of this first week. It goes one week in June and one in July. I have the kids for such a short "spurt" that I prepare the looms myself (50 every session. although some warps make it through both weeks, thank the Lord!) so it' quite a project. When I see how much they get out of it, though, it's ALL worth it.
The are so willing to experiment. It always leaves me with a fresh approach to my own designing.
Roll on "weaveolution" it's a great idea!
Hi!! I am a former 4-H leader and for years at fair time I warped 2 small 2-harness looms and we had them in the arts and crafts building for 4-Her's to weave a mug rug when they had some spare time. Over the years some of them made one or more a year and what started out 5 yards ended up to be 10 yards each day of the fair. I hemstitched between them and taged them and they picked them up at the end of each day.
I have been doing something similar with the handicaped but we have also aquired 2 floor looms and we are now weaving rugs and placemats and tote bags.
I would love to have some imput on things you can do with children and the handcaped.
I'm the year round program director at the local 4-H camp here in Central Massachsetts. I also teach "Farm Products" at the summer session. Because the economy is so bad here my programs have been cut considerably as there is no funding. I teach an afterschool 4-H program 2 days a week thru the school year. Mostly the kids use my spinning wheel, a Louet, to try their skill. My hubby made 22 drop spindles but the kids, who have some "issues" don't do as well with them as the wheel. I would LOVE to teach them to weave this year at camp. I'm soooo very new to weaving so am not sure what I should start them on. I have no budget $$ so would have to pay for this myself. My hubby is a carpenter so wood would be an option if we need to build.
I have felting on the schedule for the summer, as well as weaving. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
You may want to look into the Saori group here. It is my understanding from what I read a few years ago, that Saori weaving work wonderfully for individuals that are handicapped or differently abled because of the freedom it affords.
I don't know the details, but I know there is at least one certified Soari instructor on the site that could provide you with information.
HiLynn!! You can make neat little looms out of matt board or fiber board and wooden needles out ot popcycle sticks but first I would put out the word that you could use left over yarns threads ribbons. Bet you will be suprised.
Also check with the 4-H sheep raisers and see if wool from the lambs for showing is available. It may be short but will felt and if they are going to pitch it , you might find a free source.
If you would like some directions on the small looms let me know --happy th share.
Thanks Patrick!! Will check it out. Mary
I'm so glad to see the response to this group. I am a 2nd year 4H leader. It has been an interesting two years for me to figure out what works with the girls. (I don't have any male members). I started the girls with drop spindles made by my husband and some of my fiber stash that was perfect for new spinners. Most of them caught on to that pretty well. They weren't to fired up about the "boring" natural white fiber however, so we had a dye party. They absolutely loved that. They dyed their first yarn and painted some roving to spin. I made card board looms and they used their handspun to weave fabric for small purses and pouches.
Check out the forum on Teaching the next generation! You can post longer messages!
Hi Kathy!! Another thing that I found fun with my group was to make felted beads with bits of colored wool and pincushions for the sewers.
Beads --make about double sized ball of wool for the finished bead size.
In your palm put a couple drops of water and a very little drop of soap.
Roll in between your hands until very firm.
Rinse and allow to dry.
Two of my grandsons, ages 5 and 7, just left after a long weekend. They completed two potholders and one doll-size blanket! The blanket was produced on my Voyageur table loom (pre-threaded and placed on the floor for them). I think they enjoyed the mechanics as much as the creative aspects. I was astonished to hear them say that the first thing they wanted to do after waking up in the morning is weave! To add to the pleasure we took them to the Folklife Festival here in DC and they were able to have a short spinning demonstration and lesson from a Welch spinner. I was especially pleased that the Welch spinner was male--so far I haven't heard anything like "that's girls' stuff" from my grandsons--I'm keeping my fingers crossed! y store!