Small loom weaving
Build small triangular looms, like those used by African children. Few materials necessary, the results are great. - by Louise Meyer
Cotton bolls can be bought at flower shops or through the U.S. Cotton Council located in Washington DC. Cotton bolls with husks and seeds in tack offer students an excellent hands on activity.
African children build their own looms.
Try it! you can build one too.
- three 6" by 1/4" dowels
- one chopstick or 1/8" round metal rod
- 2 ice cream sticks or tongue depressors
- cotton thread (mercerized preferably) or thin, strong packaging string
- a wooden base (optional)
Wrap thread around the front dowel and bring it up and over the cross stick and back around the front dowel until 15 to 20 threads are laid out at even distances from one another forming a warp.
Use a second flat stick or tongue depressor to separate odd warp threads from even warp threads to prepare an opening (a shed) through which the shuttle holding the weft thread can pass. Pack the new weft thread into the warp with your fingers or a comb. Now separate the opposite set of threads in the warp (odd from even) to create a second opening (shed) to make a new pas- sage for the second weft thread, pack down tightly towards the first weft thread. Continue, by repeating step one, then two.
That's it! You can make some very nice little strips, even with inlaid motifs, using such a simple loom.