Weaving a Mini Blanket



In The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola, a little girl named Lucida lives in a small village in Mexico. Her family is asked to weave a new blanket for the Baby Jesus figure that is carried in the Christmas procession. Her mother sets to work, but when she becomes gravely ill, Lucida tries to finish the blanket for her.

This week, the wee ones were busy making mini blankets that will be used with our Advent Week 4 project. However, these woven blankets would also be great in a gnome or doll house as blankets or rugs if you add tassles! The children used heavy yarns. I made mine with very thin weaving thread. I think both turned out great!

NOTE: Looms can be made out of heavy cardboard. It just so happens we had scraps of hardboard left over from another project which Tim cut up for us. Below I give directions on how to make a loom from hardboard. In the photos, however, Tim is cutting out several at one time, and the scraps were...Read more

Join Our Advent Celebration!


This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. This is a very special time for our family as we prepare for Christmas. I have put together Advent Activities to do with the wee ones and happily will be sharing our activities with you. In case you would like to join us with all or part of our activities, I'm giving a quick overview here, so you can collect books and materials in advance. I don't have all the details hammered out, but in general, there will be a book each week, an applique block, a kid craft, a recipe and possibly an extended craft. I've also included a rudimentary supply list to get you started. Whether you join us for all the activities or just some, we hope your family has a joyous and meaningful Advent!

WEEK 1 - Gift Giving From the Heart
The book: The Littlest Angel
The craft: Wool Roving Angels
The recipe: Angel wings
The applique: An angel

WEEK 2 - Symbols of Christmas  
The book: The Legend of the Poinsettia
The craft: Weaving a small blanket...Read more

Loom for One More


In another life I must have been a man, because I hate to stop and ask for directions... (I'm never lost, I always know where I am... in my car!) and I insist on trying to figure things out for myself before I turn to instructions. So, the other day, when I put our new loom together, I decided to dig right in. Sure, next week there will be a stack of weaving books on my nightstand, but for right now, I just want to touch and feel and experiment. Later, I'll learn technique and truly appreciate the advice of experienced weavers. But right now... it's all about sensations.

We bought a simple table top loom... very suitable for children. I can't use any technical terms yet, because I don't know them, but suffice to say, Michelle and I successfully strung the loom (see what I mean... I have no idea of what the correct terminology is) and set to weaving. I am sure we are doing many things wrong... like, do you start the weaving right at the bottom, or do you leave space? And what is the best way to...Read more