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November 7, 2012

I finally finished weaving the warp I  put on a table loom for Fibrations in August

11 year old grand daughter, Carrie, did a wonderful job of demonstrating

it had to be bright, easy and fun

the plan was to use it for dish cloths when finished – mistakes are forgiven

changing colours on the log cabin warp was the fun part

my original sample, the weft pattern and colours are a repeat of the warp

the beat on the demo fabric is very light – I’ve lined it and made it into a bag (on the left) for Carrie, just need to get a zipper.

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  1. November 20, 2012 1:18 am

    I was wondering if you could tell me a little about table looms. Are they quite easy to work with? Name brands? Where you would find one in either Alberta or BC?

    I remembered seeing the picture of your grandaughter demonstrating it, and just had to go back and take another look at it as it looked so interesting. I was thinking it may be an interest my 8 year old daughter and I could learn together.

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    • November 20, 2012 8:48 am

      Deb – that loom is from LeClerc in Quebec. they have a website or you can look at Camilla Valley Farms in Ontario. There are as many different table looms as any other product – some good and some not so good. Check “Craig’s List” or local buy and sell ads. It is probably better to learn the basics yourself before involving an 8 year old. Weaving is easy, it is setting up and warping the loom that takes time and technique. Check and see if you have a local weaver’s guild, they may offer classes. Good luck.

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      • November 23, 2012 10:26 pm

        Thanks for all the information. I’ll have to see if there is a weaver’s guild here (then convince my children that they don’t need Mommy 24/7).

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      • November 23, 2012 11:07 pm

        Deb – let me know how you do.

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  2. Kathy permalink
    November 10, 2012 7:39 am

    For once I will not share with Carrie that she is on your blog, just in case that bag happens to be a Christmas present.
    Carrie really enjoys the variety of crafts that she does at your house – weaving, sewing, stamping, and making special books.
    Thank you for sharing these skills with her.

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    • November 10, 2012 7:51 am

      Kathy – as soon as I get the zipper in it Carrie can have the bag. Any ideas for Christmas??

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  3. November 9, 2012 12:45 am

    every new weaver is an occasion to celebrate. that one looks pleased to be doing it and i won’t mention grammy.

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  4. November 8, 2012 7:24 pm

    just how many lovely dish towels do you have jean? they must be cascading out of all your cupboards!
    the earthquake thing is a little spooky, but my bigger concern is the effect on the ocean- tsunamis.
    i think they still teach all children how to weave in finland. i’m itching for a countertop loom right now, as my baby wolf is back home in georgia. perhaps i can make a backstrap loom to tide me over in the meanwhile.

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    • November 8, 2012 8:05 pm

      Anastasia – these are just dish cloths, I don’t have/want a dishwasher. I sell the tea towels and give them as gifts. Your chances of a tsunami are fairly slim (famous last words!!) I’m not a fan of table looms but of course, teach on them. Starting a new class on the 15th.

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  5. lagriccia permalink
    November 7, 2012 10:17 pm

    I think it is wonderful that your grandaughter shares her interest in weaving with you.

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  6. November 7, 2012 9:59 pm

    beautiful colors, and it’s great that younger generations are learning this skill!

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    • November 8, 2012 7:25 am

      Blandina – the world is changing so fast I want the kids to know that people actually make things with their own hands
      Ali – they all make things when they come to my house

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  7. November 7, 2012 2:34 pm

    just LOOK at that happy weaver!

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