Friday, December 09, 2016

Pretty Piccolo

While I was out and about today running pre-Christmas errands a wonderful new treasure arrived.

I put the money I earned from sales of Saori woven items toward an additional Saori loom. This is a smaller "Piccolo" loom that can be adjusted to allow children as young as three years old to weave, even operating the treadles themselves. I bought it so that my granddaughters, aged seven and nine years, can weave along side me when they visit. They are tall enough that I think they will be able to use it at the regular height. I also purchased an "inside set" so that the warps can be swapped out between their visits and each girl can weave on their own warp without having to share. 

Between their visits I can fold the loom up very small so it's out of my way. I can also use the loom occasionally for demonstrations and weaving at alternate locations. I'm hoping I'll be able to convince my Christmas guests to give the loom a try too. 


Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

I think this is the nicest thing you could do for your grandchildren. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was five. She is long gone now, but those memories, and the knowing that I learned from her are important to me. It is so important that we keep the traditional crafts alive by teaching them to the next generation.

Gene Black said...

What a lovely thing to do. The girls will love it. If you had boys that age they would love it too. I helped out in a studio for a big event day and the boys were often completely fascinated with it. I think it is the "machine" aspect that draws them in. But once they start weaving, it is the "making" aspect that keeps them intrigued.
Also, it will be perfect for demos.

Marlene said...

I hope they enjoy it Joanne. My mother taught me to knit when I was 7. I had been asking to learn since I was 3. My grandmother did not live close by, but when she did visit she always encouraged me to grow by introducing new knitting skills. When I was 13 Grandma also taught me to quilt.

When our weaving guild does school demos the boys are usually more interested in weaving than the girls Gene. I have no grandsons though, just the two granddaughters.

Betty Sheppard said...

You are so clever Marlene -- what a great idea so you can teach your granddaughters.

Marlene said...

I'm hoping they enjoy it Betty. They have both tried weaving and have enjoyed the bit of time they have had at my loom, but I'm not sure how long the interest will last. If their interest fades I will use the loom myself for weaving away from home.