Jun 24, 2013

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The Friendly Loom: A Chance for Collaborative Art

Are you looking for something new to add to your classroom that…

  1. Will serve as an engaging content-rich free time activity?
  2. Requires very little maintenance or material?
  3. Can be used by students across several grade levels?
  4. Will produce a breathtaking piece of collaborative art?

friendly loom 1 copy

If so, you should consider purchasing the Friendly Loom. Although it requires an initial investment of around $275, this piece of art room “furniture” serves so many purposes, I can’t imagine teaching without it. Once this simple, large-scale loom is set up it can be used as part of a weaving lesson, a reward for good behavior, an activity for fast finishers, or even a fine-arts night family interaction project.

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I have used it in all of these ways in my classroom, and we all love it!  It stores flat up against a wall, and when I want to use it I can simply pull it out with my tub of yarn and a few pairs of scissors. Up to eight students can work on it at a time, and once the whole thing is finished (we are trying to do one a year) you are left with a beautiful tapestry suitable for hanging in the school office or hallway. Consider the Friendly Loom for your classroom!

friendly loom 2 copy

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  • HipWaldorf

    The Woman’s League in my town purchased a Friendly Loom for my classroom next year. I just set it up and I am thrilled at the beauty! Now I have to figure out how to distribute yarn and I am looking forward to learning about weaving this summer! Thank for the post.

    • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

      How Fun! Enjoy the loom.

      • Lyn

        This is an awesome collaborative project during PT! Where can I find a friendly loom?

  • Laur21

    When using the smaller pieces of yarn, are they tying them to the loom at each end?

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  • Jessica Blumer

    I have three wood looms that aren’t quite as big as this one (although I think they equal one large one). I got through a grant. Kids love weaving! I will say it’s hard to maintain over the year, but I love having them. They can work in small groups and easily move them around the room. The interest isn’t as high as when I first got them, but they tend to get into more again after a weaving project.

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