It can cost a whole bunch because there are such beautiful looms, tools, and yarns out there. But before you get totally hooked like I know you will, I’ll show you a way to try it out for only a dollar or two!
Really, people have been weaving for thousands of years, so it can’t be that hard to figure out a simple way to get started. A loom is a loom and you can get fancy or not.
So here’s what you’ll need, more or less. Craft paper, plastic rulers, cellophane tape, string, tapestry needles, a book, and some yarn.
A hardbound picture book is best. I used an Eric Carle book, just for good luck. He’s my hero.
Wrap the book just like a present.
The rulers need to be plastic so you can cut them to size.
Glue one to the top and one to the bottom of the book. Double-sided tape also works well. Glue one to the top and one to the bottom of the book. Double-sided tape also works well. Make sure both rulers start at 0 on the left side.
Wind the string around the book, wrapping the twine four times within each inch.
Tie the string ends together in the center of the back side.
Using the ruler to guide you, spread the string threads evenly across the book… which is now a loom!
These threads are called the warp threads.
Looms often have nails or notches to keep the warp evenly spaced, we are going to twine a row of yarn to secure the spacing.
Tie a loop knot at the end of the row.
I inserted this white ruler as a base to pack the weaving down on. You can use a piece of cardboard or cardstock, I just like the ruler because I can refer to the measurements if I need to.
Measure about a yard of yarn, this yarn is called the weft because it will weave back and forth across the warp threads.
Push the row of twining down on top of the ruler.
Thread the yarn through a tapestry needle, and weave one row across, over one warp thread, and under the next warp thread until you reach the other side.
It’s crucial that you don’t pull on the weft yarn too tightly, so make an arch in the yarn.
Pack the yarn down, making sure it’s even, with no puckers between the warp threads.
I use my fingers to pack the weft yarn down, but a table fork works well too.
You can just weave stripes, which is the easiest or try some new techniques.
In this project, I’m going to weave a sunset landscape.
I’ll get you started now, and show you how to finish it next week.
I used variegated yarn here, so the colors change randomly. As I measured the yarn, I selected just the colors I wanted to get the desired effect.
After weaving the base, I chose darker colors to begin a hill shape.
When weaving a shape, I don’t go all the way across the warp, I just weave the distance needed for each shape.
Here’s the weaving process for the hills:
In the next post, I’ll show you how to finish the weaving, and put it inside a frame. Click here to go to the next post.
Yarns come and go, and you may not be able to get exactly the yarns I used here, but if you’d like to try to find them, here’s where you can go:
Update: the yarn I used for the mountains was Wisdom Yarns' Poems/Forte. It's no longer available, but here is an alternative you may like: Wisdom Yarn's Poems/Chunky. The Lion Brand Yarn's Landscape line has a lot of nice earthy blends you might like for the mountains.
I have a free tutorial for you, it shows you how to turn a book into a loom and takes you through your first weaving project. The easy-to-follow directions are filled with photos for every step of the way.
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