Harrisville Designs Easy Weaver measures 17-1/2 in x 10 in x 5-1/2 in and is a stiff table loom which is made of well finished wood. It comes completely threaded and can produce a variety of woven pieces like scarves, table runners and placemats. Pillow covers, blankets can be created by sewing the strips together. It includes a rainbow warp, made of 100% pure wool and which measures 6-1/2 in x 2-1/2 yd, 2 stick shuttles, an instruction booklet, a book of project ideas and a bonus supply of patterns and guidelines for 8 additional weaving projects.
Harrisville Design s Easy Weaver Hardwood Weaving Loom is a surprisingly fun, educational, and practical gift for any kid who has--or could stand to develop--a little patience. The premade warp takes care of the most tedious aspect of weaving, though the 36-page instruction booklet does come with directions for making new warps. The set also includes two stick shuttles and enough purple and mauve yarn to weave a 6-by-36-inch piece of fabric. Eager weavers can get started right away with this easy-to-use set, but it s a good idea for kids to spend some time with the guidebook beforehand to practice the more complex tasks. Scarves, place mats, blankets, and more can be fashioned with the kit, though many projects require some sewing to finish. The Easy Weaver certainly deserves its Parents Choice Award and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award. --Rob Lightner