Last year I took my saori loom to the Santa Cruz county fair to demo for the first time on education days, but I was not happy having the crowds just observe me weaving. I got up from my loom and asked the lines of children "who would like to try weaving? I was overwhelmed with raised arms and eager faces! So I brought another loom when i returned the second day and I was swamped with thousands of school children eager to learn, SO this year I brought 3 saori looms . I asked my weaving student , and now friend Robin, if she would like to help. We barely got the looms set up in our hand spun hand woven section in the FARMS OF YESTERYEAR part of the fair, when at 9am students arrived with their parents and teachers.
For three hours Robin and I worked non stop till noon, giving eager students opportunities to weave. The plan was to just do one day this year but Robin was so excited with the joy of the children learning to weave she asked if we could come back a second day.
Some of the children sat down and after a short 30 sec. briefing they took off weaving. like they had been doing it all their lives! The ages were around 6 through 10 years. The saori looms were incredible, preformed perfectly, with ease and that helped hundreds of children to weave almost instantaneously. I could see the confidence in themselves growing and it was a blessing to experience.
we were all tired, but very excited and walking on air with the joy of introducing so many eager children to learning about weaving, they loved it. Seeing children walk away with sparkling eyes and smiles from weaving was great.