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Recent Article in Novembers issues of The Green Parent

Earth Looms.

Weaving fascinates people of all ages.  The simple, repetitive pattern making reinforces maths skills whilst also creating something beautiful.  It is a calming activity, and as we weave our heartbeat and breathing slow down.

The looms we used in an outdoor classroom at a school in California, were unusual in several ways.  Because of their scale and location outside, the fibers used in weaving were far more varied.  Vines, grasses, beanstalks, willow wands and long-stemmed flowers like lavender or daffodils all found their way into the panels we wove alongside the more traditional wool and cloth.  Children would scour the school gardens or arrive at school with treasures from their garden to add.  Although this was a collaborative project, each child could identify their contribution, and as a result the finished panels were deeply treasured by the whole community.

Each woven panel comprised the elements in abundance when it was created; as a result a Spring panel contrasted with an Autumn one. Panels created for each season and mounted on the wall displayed of the year’s progression.  Pre-literate children could recognize the passage of time in the loom’s finished textile.  Older children wrote seasonal poems, which were mounted in front of the panels.  Still older children developed maths patterns to apply to the weaving and generated complex geometric designs.

When a child was full of rage or anger, weaving could help them to find stillness again.  Feuding friends were sent to find some things to weave with as they forgot their argument and made peace.  Autistic children are often particularly mesmerized by weaving, and find confidence in the methodical activity.

And the parents.  They would gather round the loom at the start and end of their day, weaving and chatting together as they waited for their children.  We are all a part of the fabric of each other’s lives; sometimes it takes a loom to show us!

By Emily Evison

Earth Looms built by Jay Hadley of Living Willow Lincoln




 Held in April last year at Castle square Lincoln 

This was a great day where the people of Lincoln came together to create a community canvas




The Earth Loom concept was created by Richard and Susan Merrill. This special loom architecture, and the concepts of the value of community weaving came to be in the early 2000s. Please visit their sites. They are amazing people.




Dear Jason,

Thank you so much for the wonderful loom, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Both staff and pupils were weaving away during lunchtime playtime and we put a photo of them in the Friday newsletter. We were really impressed by how quickly you installed it and your helpful demonstration too. it is not unattractive in itself because the wood and the shape are both good even without the weaving!

Thanks  you for the links, we will really enjoy researching ideas. It is lovely to find something truly original, creative and collaborative!

With kind regard s

Fi  . . . . Headteacher at Stonefields School Oxfordshire. . .



I was asked by the kind people at Glastonbury festival to come along with the Earth Loom  . .  Here’s some pictures I took . .


A beautiful weave created by the children at Dikes Academy, South Ockendon, Essex . . . A big thank you to Lauren Reeves for sending in the picture .

Year Group Weave Final Piece



Just want to say a massive thank you for coming to do the loom. It will make a fantastic addition to the school and I look forward to creating with the children. I will try and remember to send you some photos, and I might be in touch with any questions.

Thanks again

Tom Gillgan

Co-ordinator for extra Curriculum Activities