Historic Folk Toys: Craft, 'My First Weaving Loom'
The My First Weaving Loom is our smaller beginner's hand loom. It includes a sturdy hardwood loom frame measuring 8-1/4 inches by 9-3/4 inches, a wooden shuttle and separator, card comb, one-ounce skein of acrylic yarn, cotton yarn for the weft, easy to follow instructions, and a brief history. This loom is a good size for younger children. It affords them the pleasure of learning an ancient craft and being able to say, "I made it myself."
Historical Background: Weaving began with the first twisted fibers or plant leaves. Archeologists believe that weaving is probably one of the first human "crafts." Basket weavings from Egypt are reported to be 10,000 to 12,000 years old. In an Egyptian tomb, archeologists found a funerary model of a weaver's workshop featuring a horizontal loom, warping devices, weaving tools, and model weavers at their looms. Woven linen fabrics from 5000 B.C. have been discovered in other Egyptian tombs. In an area that is now part of Switzerland, archeologists have discovered pieces of woven linen fabric and spinning whorls that date back to 5000 B.C. Even earlier were the Peruvian textiles and weaving tools discovered in burial sites that date back to 5800 B.C.
The use of silkworm threads and the weaving of silk occurred as early as 2700 B.C. in China. This was kept a secret by the Chinese, but Vietnamese women learned the breeding of silkworms and began weaving with silk threads. Rug weaving was practiced in Persia (now Iran). There are written references of woven blankets from Nepal in the 2nd century.
PACKAGE DIMENSIONS - 8.25 x 9.75 x 0.75"