Salvaging and making use of every single scrap of fabric was commonplace for our fore-mothers.
Especially during The Great Depression, the luxury of purchasing new fabric simply wasn’t an option. Used fabric of many types were re-purposed into useful items. Feed sacks were made into dresses and undergarments. Smaller pieces of fabric were made into quilts and yet even smaller scraps of yarn, string and fabric were woven together on a loom to make such things as rugs and blankets for many uses.
The “loom” concept isn’t a new one, actually it’s been around since ancient times. The word “loom” comes from the Old English “geloma”, which means a tool or utensil of some kind. Looms are still used today in many parts of the world, including Ethiopia, where three of our children are from.
Looms and weaving is making a comeback among those Americans who wish to return to a simpler time while acquiring the priceless skill of weaving.
A loom can be as simple as a piece of cardboard, as used by this child in the picture below. It’s a very simple process that most of us are somewhat familiar with. Remember making those pot holders for your mom when you were little? Perhaps you’ve been the beneficiary of one of these treasures from your own children.
I feel so fortunate to have met some wonderfully skilled ladies on my homesteading journey, one of them being Katherine Hickman. Kathie, of Katherine’s Web, has turned me on to the world of fiber arts and I can’t get enough!
I got my “Cricket” loom from Katherine (below) and I’m in the process of learning all of the terminology of weaving, it has a language of it’s own, it seems. I plan to feature weaving in the February’s edition of “A Year On A Homestead” video series. Don’t miss it!
You’ll learn all the in’s and out’s of weaving from Katherine, who has over 40 years of teaching experience and even holds a Master’s Degree in Art and Education. Katherine is a gem! Again, how blessed I feel to have a lady like to teach my girls and I the lost skills of fabric arts.
I’ve been weaving in the kitchen when I’m cooking, using 1″ scraps of old clothing. Weaving everything from denim to cottons, this little Cricket makes my scrap cloth look beautiful! Right now, I’m working on several panels which I will make into a bed cover, just to get started.
However, gorgeous purses, table runners, scarfs and more can be made with this Cricket!! Due to the lack of skilled weavers, these items sell easily and for higher than average prices. What a great home-based business to get into!
If you’re like me, you want to train your kids to do all the homesteading skills that you are learning about! This school loom is a great place to begin to teach your peeps to weave. Katherine Hickman carries these school looms for $49.95 plus shipping.
Isaac very easily “warped” the loom and got started right away! He contently worked on his project for a couple of hours today, all by himself! He was scrounging around the house for something to make his sheep out of and he’s not even that far yet!
Here’s what they are copying from a magazine! What a great way to keep your kids busy and productive during the winter months. Besides, isn’t that what our fore-mothers did? Fabric arts are definitely my passion during the non-gardening months of the year.
Weaving will be making a big appearance in February’s “A Year On A Homestead” so don’t miss it! You’ll know exactly what you’re doing by the end of it!
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