We have two large weaving looms at school. Usually we do the warping for the kids with string or yarn and then provide them with all sorts of materials—yarn, ribbon, paper, stuff they find outside--with which to weave. We also sometimes set out large plastic needles with ribbon if they want to “sew” their materials in. Sometimes we let the kids warp the loom, but it’s really hard for them to get something all the way across AND lined up because of its size.
The loom itself is a large square someone put together with a matching set of nails on the top and bottom (or right and left, if you’re that kind of person). I hate to think how hard it was to get the nails all lined up, but they are. The loom is large enough that several children can work simultaneously in different areas of the loom.
This summer we pulled out the loops, which made the loom something like a big potholder maker. The loops were made by tie-dyeing t-shirts and then cutting them horizontally, keeping the seams intact. We have a huge bag of these at school that get reused for various things.
Since we had a day or so with nasty weather this year during camp and some of the kids preferred to stay dry we had several customers at the loom.
And what about the finished product? Well, there never really is one. To my knowledge, no one has ever removed a finished piece from the loom and kept it. It’s all about the process with this one. I suppose someone could keep it and it would be the size of a large baby blanket.