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Kids Weaving: Projects for Kids of All Ages Hardcover – October 1, 2005


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Grade 3-7-Swett introduces this craft with a simple weaving of a checkerboard note card-a task requiring two pieces of paper and a pair of scissors. After mastering the technique with several different small projects, she explains how to weave a hideout out of sticks and vines in the yard. She demonstrates techniques on a cardboard loom and progresses to skills for weaving on a pipe loom. These projects show the whimsical and the practical, the useful and the decorative aspects of the art. Hartlove's excellent-quality, full-color photos depict children enjoying the craft in many different settings-inside on rainy days or out in the sunshine by a lake and in a canoe. In addition, the helpful step-by-step drawings clearly depict the processes and techniques. As the book continues, the types of weaving and projects get progressively more difficult but are explained so well that novices could accomplish the most difficult tasks with ease. The author includes the history and folklore that surrounds the art and talks about different types of weaving done around the world. Sources for supplies and a list of recommended reading are appended.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA
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About the Author

Sarah Swett, a professional tapestry weaver and knitwear designer, has traveled throughout North America teaching tapestry weaving, design, and knitting. Her weavings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and appeared in the magazines American Craft, SpinOff, and Interweave Knits, and the book Knitting in America. She lives in Moscow, Idaho. Visit her website at www.sarah-swett.com.

Lena Corwin is a textile/graphic designer and illustrator. She is the illustrator of Kids Crochet (STC) and has worked for Calvin Klein, Jill Stuart, Elle Décor magazine, and many others.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794677
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book for novice weavers.
M. Jones
This book is great if you want a book that has interesting, useful projects, clear instructions, and beautiful photos of kids and their weaving.
Elizabeth Koolbeck
We still plan to make the loom from PVC piping and make some Christmas gifts with it.
L. Mitchell

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Koolbeck on April 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is great if you want a book that has interesting, useful projects, clear instructions, and beautiful photos of kids and their weaving. The starting projects are loomless, involving weaving paper ('checkerboard notecards'), twigs ('fairygarden planter'), pliable tree branches ('hideout'), and what looks like a kind of six-strand braiding of embroidery floss hung from a pencil ('friendship bracelet'). From there you graduate to use of a cardboard loom to make a small wool pouch (I did this one) and to weaving cloth strips to make Japanese Rag Warrior dolls. (These, by the way, really do look like dolls my boys would play with.) Following that, the book details how to construct a stand-up loom from pvc piping and fittings, thick wooden dowels, and tongue depressors, and comes complete with heddle bar. I made mine for a cost of about $20. This pvc loom will handle a band of weaving up to 5" wide. From this loom (dubbed 'inkle loom') you can make these projects: inkle strap shoelaces, tapestry dog collar, a belt, a 43" long scarf, doll-sized pile carpets, and, by sewing woven strips together, a kente cloth blanket. The book also includes information, about making your own fiber dyes, different ways to set up the inkle loom, what is 'fulling' and how it is done, as well as bits of weaving history and lore. I got 'Kids Weaving' from the library six weeks ago. I meant to photocopy only a few pages for use introducing weaving to a small homeschool co-op. But when I began to see that it wouldn't be just a few pages, that's when I realized that I should just buy the book. Nearly all of the projects look like something we would do. That's rare.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Florence on August 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lots of GREAT ideas!!! Some are quickly done while others are more involved. This is the best book I have found for doing weaving with children. The PVC pipe loom is a terrific idea and inexpensive enough for each child to have one of their own to work on.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on January 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for novice weavers. I have made the small treasure pouch and put together the pvc loom. The instructions are clear and simple, the photographs are lovely. I bought this for myself and my daughter. There are projects large enough to hold the interest of older weavers and small enough for young weavers with shorter attention spans. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to make my next project.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Mitchell on September 6, 2008
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This book was a great project book for my daughters, especially the 10 year old. We learned a lot about weaving and were able to produce some nice, usable projects in a short time. We still plan to make the loom from PVC piping and make some Christmas gifts with it.

I had gotten the book from our public library and felt it would be a great addition to our craft library and had to buy it. The instructions, diagrams and photos are well done.
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By PenWalk on August 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after seeing it in the library because the project instructions were so easy to understand and the projects were interesting -scarf, small rug, drink coasters, bags with flap and shoulder strap, belt. There were good illustrations and text for building the loom.

I built the loom with no problems. My trouble began when I tried to weave. I think the problem is in how I attached the heddle strings. The description and the illustration for that step are both vague.

What goes wrong? When I lower the shed bar, I get a big opening and I can easily slide the shuttle through. When I raise the shed bar, there is no opening to pass the shuttle through the strings. If I ever figure out how to fix this issue, I will love my loom; until then, it is useless.

5 stars at first impression; reduced to 3 stars for the lack of clarity in the warping method 2 instructions. All the other instruction is very good.
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By Anthony F. Fisher on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I pick this book up to do the weaving with my son. I was reading it and found how easy the projects where to do with him. My oldest is going to use some of the projects with the kids that she babysits with. I found the projects easy to follow. The loom building was straight forward. Getting a hang of the how to work the loom was a little challaging at first then it was easy. If you do crafts with your kids and they are interested in weaving this is a good start. Plus, I found it fun and relaxing just playing around learning something new.
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