Weaving for Children

Spinning and Weaving Week 1981 Poster by Tomie dePaola

In just a couple weeks it will be National Spinning and Weaving Week (October 3-9), a time for guilds and individuals around the country will show off their fiber skills to the public. As anybody who’s done fiber art demonstration knows, children are often the most enthusiastic audience.

In fact, the very first poster for National Spinning and Weaving Week (shown below as published in the November/December 1981 issue of Handwoven) was designed by Tomie De Paola, the author and illustrator of Charlie Needs a Cloak, a beloved book about wool and weaving for kids

Having a table with cardboard looms set up is a great interactive way to introduce kids of all ages to weaving. It’s cheap, simple, and something that they can easily recreate at home. Having a loom set up for some Saori weaving is also a good choice. It gives kids (and adults) the freedom to be creative and not worry about mistakes. Other ideas are available from the Handweaver's Guild of America, which sponsors the yearly event.

Whatever you choose, just remember to have fun and that the children you teach today might become the weavers of tomorrow.  

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