Not long after I joined the Guild, I remember Jenny C showing me boxes of goodies in the storage cupboard which could be taken to events and used in demonstrations. In one of the boxes there were a stack of handmade backstrap weaving looms to use with children. They were made with paddlepop sticks which I thought was such an amazing idea that I wanted to try it at home. Which I did. So here’s what we did.
Then we used liquid nails (you could use any suitable glue) to glue the paddlepop sticks together as in the photo, using a ruler to get the gaps as equal in size as possible. (There are two paddlepop sticks at either end, one on the front and one on the back to add strength). We left this to dry while we set about making the other parts of the loom.
whilst I sewed four straps from fabric scraps I had laying around, long enough to tie around someone’s waist, or a tree, or whatever you want to tie the end onto when you’re weaving.
then thread each piece of wool through our paddlepop stick loom holes and gaps alternatively, just like any other loom, and tied the ends around the other stick.
And here’s a closeup. Finn is concentrating very hard and he really enjoyed the whole project, as did I! By Naomi.