Weaving at the Hospital

A couple of weeks ago, the newest issue of Piecework magazine came in the mail (March/April 2010).

I always enjoy reading about various textile arts of the past and in this issue, I was especially taken by the article about weaving on mini 4-inch looms, originally called Weave-Its.  The article said that these had also been produced under the name Weavette, but that they were no longer made and could now be found on Ebay, in antique shops, or at garage sales.

For some reason, I really thought I’d like to find one of these to play with.  I began doing some internet searching and discovered that a very similar loom is currently available from Hazel Rose looms.  I ordered the 4″ square multi-loom, found on this page:

It was shipped very quickly and arrived at my house last Thursday.  I played with it a bit on Thursday night.  I’ve never really done much in the way of weaving, and I messed up the warping of my first square.  I then successfully made one square and proceeded to mess up my third.  By that point, I had finally figured out how everything is supposed to look when it’s right and when it’s wrong and have been successful with all of my later squares.  I found it to not be difficult once I finally had the warping part figured out.

On Friday morning, I started to take pictures of my first four successful squares.

I was going to write a blog post about it and planned to write that while it was sort of fun, I didn’t really anticipate making any huge projects this way.  I’d found some pdfs of vintage project books at

http://www.eloomanation.com/ that had initially looked fun, but that I now knew I’d never really create enough squares to make any of them.

Then, the phone rang.  My husband called to tell me he’d fallen at work and that one of his co-workers was going to take him into the urgent care clinic to get checked out.  Then he called a bit later to say that urgent care wouldn’t see him and wanted him to go to the hospital. It turned out that his hip was broken and I needed to head to the hospital as he would need surgery.  As I threw a few things into a bag to take to the hospital, I threw my mini loom and a ball of yarn in, too.

The next few days were long, tiring and are sort of a blur now.  My husband had very successful surgery and I spent a lot of time sitting in the hospital.  I was very, very thankful to have that mini-loom with me. I found that it was the perfect thing to work with to keep my hands busy. It required no counting or following patterns as knitting or crocheting would have.  There are no stitches to get pulled out in my bag and it could be put down at any second as I helped adjust a pillow, talked to a physical therapist, or whatever.  I could work quickly and make a whole square or just weave a slow row or two when I was tired and distracted.

Now my husband is home from the hospital to continue the work of healing.  I’m finding that my loom is still the perfect outlet for me, as I sit near him on the couch or bed, being close to help if needed, but not distracting to him.  Weaving little squares is possible when tired in a way that other hand-work just isn’t working for me right now.  I anticipate my little loom being a continuing companion as we head to doctor’s appointments and physical therapy visits in the coming weeks.

I’m not really sure what I’m making yet, but I’m accumulating quite a stack of little woven squares that I can put together at a less tired time.  A few of them are here:
It may sound sort of strange to be thankful for a little wooden frame with a bunch of nails in it, but I can truly say that’s how I feel.


  1. Kate said,

    March 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    So glad that your husband is okay. Thanks for sharing this craft, I’ve put the magazine on hold at our library and can’t wait to read about it.

  2. dana said,

    March 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    That is so cool, Karyn; I am sending this link to Margaret. <3 to you and Rich.

  3. phoenixhopes said,

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    This looks like fun! I really want to experiment with weaving but haven’t found a loom I could afford. I will have to take a look at this! ~Marci

  4. Aunt Peggy said,

    March 12, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Awesome! I always love to see what you have come up with next! I remember weaving potholders in kindergarten, and how much I loved to do them! The teacher had to rein me in a bit, and limit how many I was allowed to make! I actually think that was my favorite part of kindergarten! I can’t wait to see what you create with your squares – I know it will be something cool! You are so inspiring!

  5. Aunt Peggy said,

    March 12, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    P. S. I hope Rich is doing okay – are you going to get him weaving, too? (The yarn, that is, not how he walks, pardon the pun?!)

  6. jacidawn said,

    March 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Cool! That looks like hand work that I could get into (I don’t crochet or knit although I can do embroidery). I’ll have to check that out.

    Glad Rich is on the road to recovery!

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