Weaving - Great for all!
You can easily make an attractive woven wall hanging at home with a little help from an adult using a simple homemade loom! There’s no fancy & expensive craft materials required!
Today I’ll show you a super-quick & easy version of traditional yarn weaving (which is much more labor intensive).
- Stiff cardboard
- Cotton twine or yarn
- Fabric remnants
- Coloured yarn
- Stick or dowel for hanging
1. To make your simplified weaving loom, start with a piece of rectangular cardboard. The size of your cardboard will determine the size of your weaving, but it is best not to go too big. I used a stiff, rectangular paper board 27 cm x 15 cm.
You can measure equal spaces or cut slits freely. Do this along the top and the bottom of the rectangle “loom” to create “teeth”. Mine are about 1.5 cm spaced.
2. Next add your “warp thread”. Those are the vertical threads that run from the top to the bottom of your loom and hold the tension as you weave.
Begin the warp thread by tying a knot at the end of the yarn. Place the knot at the beginning of the top or bottom row of teeth and on one side of the paper board. Now loop the yarn across the board to the opposite side, then around the tooth. Next loop the yarn back across the board to the other end and loop the same way. Repeat this to the end of the board until the teeth are all used and the entire board is has vertical strings. Cut the yarn and tie off the end and place it in the last tooth.
3. Prepare your “weft thread”. They are the horizontal threads that you will weave across the warp threads.
Use fabric that is cut into 2 cm wide strips or the desired width that suits your design. You can use ribbons, grasses, string, yarn, or other things that you find interesting for your artistic creation!
Weaving is simple. Using yarn, ribbon, fabric, grasses, etc. pass it “over and under” the warp thread repeatedly to the end.
The next row you pass the fabric, or whatever you are using, “over and under” the threads opposite to what you did the first time.
I cut my strips a little longer than the width of the loom so each strip ended at the end of the one row of weaving. If you want to challenge yourself, you can chose to not cut the length of your fabric short but continue to weave the same strip coming back and for as long as the strip of fabric goes.
5. Continue to weave more and more strips of whatever your heart desires until you get to the end of the loom. Remember to gently snug the materials on the warp up so they are a bit tight together.
6. Gently remove the yarn threads from one end of the loom and transfer the loops onto the stick or dowel for display.
Snug the weft fabric up to the stick.
At the other end of the loom, remove the loom and cut the looped threads and tie them together.
Hang it up and enjoy!