I love teaching the Textile Merit Badge. Every time I do so, I add a little something new. I get a new video. I learn something from someone in the class. It's always great. Today I was busy making sure my demos were ready to go. I received two tabletop weaving looms as donations for my class, in addition to my own, so I wanted to make sure they were ready to go. Plus I had to make a new weaving sample from a forked tree branch. It made for a very fun-filled fiber day.
Here's my Cricket loom with a sample scarf I created out of some random leftover fingering weight sock yarn. I thought it was a good way to show what you can do with leftovers.
Mary found this treasure - an Easy Weaver loom - at a tag sale and snatched it up for me. Isn't it perfect?
Carletta found this Brio table top loom at a tag sale. I just need to read the instructions on how to warp this loom as it's slightly different than the other two. But I'll definitely figure it out this week.
The Scouts will make the simplest loom of all - a cardboard loom - and use an oversized darning needle as a shuttle.
You can still make something pretty with a very simple loom.
My final item today was a new tapestry on a forked branch loom. This is only slightly more complicated than the cardboard loom, but it's fun and a creative way to use something natural. The forked branch becomes part of the artwork. I added some interesting details to make it a little more visually appealing. I had a great time weaving this sample.
So there you have it. Even the instructors know how important it is to Be Prepared!