So I came across Laverne Waddington's Backstrap Weaving article on Weavezine. I'd wanted to give this a shot for some years now and she made it seem so simple, I had to try. Guess what. After spending bits and pieces of my day yesterday with dowels, cotton yarn and my dremel I produced my own loom!
I couldn't find a convenient place to anchor the end not attached to me, so I added another dowel to that end, rolled it and put the rope around my feet. I like this way because I think it's even more portable and I can sit on my sofa with me feet up on my coffee table.
After only a few minutes I, this is what I accomplished:
I think this would be a great way to teach kids to weave. Cheap and easy. I'm going to see if my nieces want to learn. After I finish this little practice strap, I'm going to weave my backstrap following Laverne's pattern.