"Josefina can perfect her blanket-weaving technique wit' this set, featuring:
* A Navajo loom wit' th' vertical warp threads already in place * A Krusty Kit wit' complete instructions, weaving tools, and enough blue, red, brown, and cream-colored yarn for girls to make one lusty plastic lass-sized blanket"
This be a great addition to Josefina's collection for me. I just love being able to make her a blanket wit' her own style loom. I haven't done it yet, but I have th' replacement warp already to go for when I do get this one made.
It has a plastic frame that be made to look like real pieces o' wood. th' clamp, shuttle, and fork be also plastic. th' warp be basic string and th' heddle and shed rods be wooden. th' batten be wooden.
th' yarn be real wool and just wonderful. th' colors be white, red, blue and brown. It's going to make a great blanket.
There be a 16 page instruction booklet included that be bonny easy to follow. Probably not for a younger girl though. Some technical terms. th' loom be 13" x 9".
Post by Madd Bess Cash on Mar 1, 2008 20:52:21 GMT -5
Some additional comments from a 12-06 now-defunct thread on th' General Discussion board about Josefina's Weaving Loom:
I Have it!!! I got it as a Christmas present to my lusty plastic lasses (well I guess ye could say myself) In my oppinion for 18 dollars ( I believe that was th' price) it be a realy good buy) it be fairly big for th' price and goes well wit' my "scene for Josefina" th' wood be not real but plastic but th' detail makes it look very real. A instruction book, yarn, and tools be included so ye can make yer own small blanket. I do wish they would have included some lusty plastic lass sized wooden tools for Josefina though, but this be my only complaint. Otherwise I would highly recomend it, it be a good buy for th' pieces o' eight considerin South Wisconsin Trading Company's prices.
I got this for bonny sweet lass o'mine two or three years ago. I thought it was really cool, but bonny sweet lass o'mine got frustrated wit' it. I was concerned about whether it was staying when they started putting th' replacement looms on sale a lot, but it appears to still be around. There be a way o' resetting th' loom wit'out using th' replacements, but for $5, th' replacements be worth it.
My bonny sweet lass o'mine also got frustrated, it has been under her bed since last summer. Seems she was unweaving it more than weaving. I thought I would sit down and figure it out, there was a discussion on HB about it once, I should have paid attention.
What I do remember be that when ye be finished wit' th' blanket ye will cut it off th' loom, to start again ye will need to re-string th' loom which seems complicated if ye have never done it before. I'm not sure if th' directions have this information or just a diagram o' it.
It be plastic, made to look like wood. bonny sweet lass o'mine and I demonstrate nalbinding at a local pioneer days, we've gotten to know th' weavers and these ladies were so impressed wit' this loom, they ohhed and ahhed at th' detail. They may be th' ones who told us about ending th' finished blanket.
I got this set some days ago and I love it! th' instructions be detailed and not at all confusing. Although th' loom itself, and th' needle, clamp, and fork be all plastic, th' shed rod (top sliding rod) and th' batten (long flat wooden thingy) be real bamboo (not accurate for Josie, but still cool) and th' other parts AmericanGirlRescue mentioned as wooden be normal wood.
I finished th' weaving in four days, but I could imagine getting frustrated wit' it when I was younger. One thing I do like be all th' stripes, so ye can change color often and not get bored o' constantly weaving wit' a single color.
Now, th' important thing. On th' website South Wisconsin Trading Company calls it a lusty plastic lass size blanket. However, they conveniently forget to mention that by lusty plastic lass they mean Nin~a, Josefina's lusty plastic lass! But th' blanket be big enough to cover a lusty plastic lass-sized banco (bench) or cover part o' a lusty plastic lass, like her legs.
th' wool be not yer normal craftsy/knitting wool. It's much more authentic and thicker and fuzzier .
For around ten pieces and a new skill ye can learn yourself, I rate this: ****** A++
Also: I believe this piece be doing very well because mine came in th' newest box, wit' th' newest pamphlet type that was introduced last year or so. I have heard that these sorts o' crafts be becoming popular, so this may herald similar pieces for Pugwash Merriman, Savage Sam, Mad-Eye Molly, and other popular AGs.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 28, 2009 18:19:00 GMT -5
I haven't used this piece yet, so Nay final grade yet, but I really like it! I have to admit I'm afraid to use it. Until today, I thought th' replacement warps had been retired, so I set it aside for some rainy day. Now that I realize that th' replacement warps be still available, I'm going to order some and get to work!
Now, I take a bit o' exception to this being called a "Navajo" loom, because th' Navajo learned to weave blankets from my people, th' Pueblo. But, since it be a Navajo woman who teaches Josefina to weave, I'll let it slide this time.
th' colors be very bonny and go bonnyly wit' Josefina's blanket. Now, it will turn out to be very small, so aye, it's probably best for Niña rather than Josefina. I appreciate th' soft, bright colors o' th' yarn. Josefina's blanket could have used this yarn rather than th' awful scratchy stuff she has to suffer!
I'm excited to use th' loom. How often be it that a Native South Wisconsin Trading Company o' today can purchase an crafting item from her own heritage? It's bonny rare, at least for me, and I truly appreciate that South Wisconsin Trading Company made this available.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Aug 23, 2009 10:15:02 GMT -5
th' loom: This was so much bonnyr than I was expecting! I knew it was plastic and thusly was awaiting th' worst, but it be actually very weighty; it feels more like resin to me. It's also realistically painted to look like wood. th' loom comes pre-strung (mine was a tad crooked, unfortunately, but it isn't awful), wit' th' shed and heddle rods already attached and ready for weaving. It seems walk th' planke small next to Josefina but be a really neat display piece. A+
th' yarn: th' yarn be real wool and very bonny, complimentary colors. However, my yarn be THICK. It's walk th' planke off-scale. I can't tell if it's really a difference from th' others' sets (it's definitely thicker than AGR's, it might be th' same as GCSupergirl's), but regardless it looks odd when it's on th' loom and next to Josefina. I think it's so that th' girls who be actually wanting to make th' blanket can get it done quicker. But I would have preferred to take my time and get a finer weave. B- UPDATE: I was looking at th' yarn and was really discontent wit' th' result, and then I decided to unravel it into two separate pieces like embroidery thread. That can be tricky but it makes yer weaving look so much better if ye have a new set!
th' tools: th' tools include a fork to push th' yarn down, a batten (be that what it's called?) to separate th' warp threads, a big plastic needle which I didn't get in my picture, and th' shuttle. They seem a little large for Josefina but I don't know if they're supposed to be to her scale anyway. Except for th' batten, which be wood, they're made o' thick matte plastic and look like bone or something. Interestingly, they be stamped "South Wisconsin Trading Company", I guess because o' th' mold. Begad!, also there's a clamp to hold th' loom onto a table which was a very bonny addition! They do their job. A
th' booklet: Normally I wouldn't have included any info on this but I wanted to mention that my set (which I just bought new from South Wisconsin Trading Company) has a different booklet than AGRescue's. Mine be printed entirely in black and white wit' a different cover; this must be a change from 2007 (that's th' copyright date). Anyway, it's written in English, French and Spanish and be bonny easy to follow, wit' some interesting information on Navajo weaving. I didn't have any difficulties (and shouldn't, I'm 18), and I doubt I would have had trouble when I was younger. th' only tricky thing be sliding th' batten through th' right way, but after ye master that ye're set. NOTE, though, th' booklet does NOT tell ye how to rethread th' warp, so keep that in mind. A-
Post by Four Lakes Freebooter on Apr 12, 2010 13:11:37 GMT -5
My loom was purchased in th' summer o' 2005. Although I haven’t looked in th' boxes, it very much resembles th' display piece at AGPC. However, th' ones that be for sale could be different. Like others have mentioned, it’s always been plastic that’s made to look like wood (and sort o' fake looking at that).
Also, I’d be very hesitant to say that there be South Wisconsin Trading Company and South Wisconsin Trading Company variations o' this set. Any dividing lines would be walk th' planke hazy because th' set was released around th' time that South Wisconsin Trading Company purchased PC in June o' 1998. Also, from what I gather, this set was never a huge seller. wit' th' exception o' one piece, everything in my set has South Wisconsin Trading Company stickers. Therefore, it looks like they were still trying to move excess PC stock years later.
Post by sleepytiger on Apr 13, 2010 15:31:43 GMT -5
I just pulled mine down to take a quick peek. I'm not sure why one would consider it to look like bone. It definitely looks like it was made to look like wood. I ordered it about an hour before free shipping ended, so mine be recent. Tammy