The fun thing with buying gifts for 8 and 9 year olds and “tweens” is using their interests as cues to get gifts that both encourage and develop those interests – or you can introduce a 12 year old to something new and they may discover a lifelong love.
In this 12 Days of Christmas Series, I have tried to choose gift themes that will bring lasting enjoyment to your home. They’re the kinds of gifts that are fun when they’re opened, and then continue to be played and explored with for years.
As with so many crafts now, weaving is having a bit of a comeback. I think of this time as a sort of crafter's renaissance. If you are going to learn one new craft this season, let it be weaving. Weaving is a type of textile construction where two sets of threads, the warp and the weft, cross at right angles to create cloth. Weaving is done on a loom, which holds the warp threads under tension allowing them to be intersected by the weft.
Weaving is a tactile medium. Beyond composition, there is a structural element that has dimension and engages many senses. It is an art form that you can appreciate by looking, touching, and using. Wall hangings are a great introduction to weaving and will add instant design cred to a room!
There are so many ways to introduce weaving to kids. First of all they will need a loom and some yarn. There are many DIY looms out there but if you are looking for a gift here are a few to consider.
Melissa and Doug weaving loom This is an all-in-one kit at a price you can't beat. A bit of yarn, step by step instructions and a sturdy wood frame.
LoopdeLoom I see this one everywhere. Target, Amazon, Michaels, Barnes and Noble. It is based on traditional weaving methods but speeds the process up a bit.
Harrisville Designs Pegloom This is the traditional peg loom that I learned to weave on. This hardwood loom will give your child years of enjoyment.
There is always the quintessential potholder loom that I'll bet you had as a child. This is a great way to introduce weaving to the youngest kids.
This Zoom Loom Pin Loom would make a really great gift for adults too. I bought this a few years ago and have made dozens of colorful coasters.
All of this talk about weaving has me ready to dust off my loom. Do I have the time to squeeze one more project in by Christmas Eve?
We're set for a busy week here in chez Stitch, so in case I don't pop back here before the weekend, have a wonderful Christmas, everyone, and safe travels for those leaving town.