Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Build a Weaving Loom!

It started with paper plate weaving in a circle and then I advanced to a sturdy shoe box.  It was finally time to see if I could build a little loom for my weaving addiction....and here it is.   You do need some basic power tools, but it's well worth it since you can weave until you're heart's content and then start all over again!  I've given two versions here, one with nails and one with grooves.  Both are just as effective and take about the same amount of time.  Jump in and make something that challenges you this summer and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Weaving magic!
I love the way these look on my table!
I used every color in the basket!
Watch how to make a loom here!
STUFF I USED
32" of 3/4" x 1 1/4" wood trim
32" of 1/2" x 1 1/4" wood trim
32" of 3/8" wood dowel
3/8" Drill bit
Hammer and 1" nails
Large blunt needle
Various colors and textures of yarn
Masking tape

1. & 2.  Cut and sand two 16" long pieces of the 3/4" thick wood trim and the 1/2" thick wood trim
3.  Mark 1" in on the 3/4" wood trim on both ends of one 16" piece
4.  Make sure your drill bit is the same size or a bit bigger than the diameter of your dowel
5.  Drill through the 1'' marks on the ends of one piece of the 3/4" thick wood trim
6. & 7. Tape the other piece of 3/4" thick trim to the drilled piece and drill 1/2 way through the 2nd piece of trim
*This hole will be the "resting" place for your wood dowel when the loom is put together
8.  Match the holes, tape the drilled pieces together and mark every 3/8" along the sides (from hole to hole) across the two pieces of trim
9.  Using a rotary tool, create 1/4" deep grooves on each 3/8" line across both pieces of trim
10.  OPTIONAL:  Instead of the rotary grooves, you can also use 1" nails every 3/8" along the edge of the trim as shown
*The nails would be hammered along the edge of the 1 1/4" side, not the 3/4" side like the grooves
11.  Square and glue the grooved pieces to the 1/2" by 1 1/4" wide wood trim as shown
12.  Measure and cut the dowels so that they are about 16" in length and make sure they slide easily in and through the drilled holes
13. & 14  Thread the grooved loom or nailed loom (with yarn) from top to bottom keeping the yarn taught as you move along
15. & 16  Tie a long piece of yarn on the dowel, thread the blunt needle 
and start weaving from side to side
*Slide out the dowels and clip the yarn at the top and bottom when you're done then tie knots or use fabric glue to secure the ends
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