I’ve been following many wall tapestry artists for a while now (we both love @_jujujust_), and while I’ve never tried it myself, I’ve always wanted to! For a start, I didn’t want to jump into the craft and purchase a large expensive weaving loom which I was afraid I’ll use just once, so I decided to make my own mini one!
Keep reading to find out how I made my mini weaving loom (with all the accompanying tools) for under $5! The size is perfect to take around in your bag, and the working size is super manageable. Subsequently, I also found out that it’s a fantastic way to make use of scrap yarn leftover from larger crochet/knit projects, or those super fancy fluffy yarns you might have stashed during a sale and have no idea what to use for.
- 1mm Polypropylene (PP) Sheet or 1mm PVC Sheet
- Scissors or Craft Plier
- Washi Tape
- Mini Weaving Loom Template
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Using your printed Mini Weaving Loom Template, cut a 17cm x 12cm piece from your PP sheet. This will be the base of the board. You will also require 10 pieces of 12cm x 1cm rectangles.
Using a pen and ruler, mark out 5mm intervals on the shorter side of the board (marked in red in the picture above), leaving 1cm on both ends. Alternatively, you can stick your printed template on your PP sheet and just cut according to the lines! Repeat on
After making the slits, mark out 1cm away from edges. This will be where we will be aligning our ledge to.
Using scotchtape or washi tape, secure 5 of the rectangles you’ve just cut into a neat stack. This will act as our ledge to prop the strings up.
Using the 1cm mark as a guide (use the template for easy reference!), stick down the stacked ledge with washi tape. I used a generous amount and secured it all the way around. Repeat to both edges.
Using a pair of scissors or craft pliers, start bending alternate tabs backwards (away from the side where you stuck the ledge on), following the indications on the template (darker tabs means to bend). This creates the “teeth” to catch the yarn. Technically at this point, you’re done!! The next couple of steps will show you how to thread the loom before you start weaving.
Starting from the bottom left corner, loop the starting yarn in the longer slit before looping the yarn around every “tooth” that isnt bent. Keep the tension taunt but do not overpull such that the sheet warps.
A closeup so you can see what’s going on! I also realised that using a thinner, non-piling yarn for the foundation is much neater than using regular yarn! We’re using a #20 in this image.
Finish off in the top right corner with a loop in the long slit the same way you started and cut the yarn. You’re done and ready to start weaving!
Finally, I happened to find these long plastic needles from the craft section at the local Spotlight and they have been super useful for weaving! Especially since I’m working with a small working area and the needle actually stretches across the entire width of the work. To function as the comb, I used a plastic fork, which is also enough because of the size of the weaving board. Win!
Ending note: I think I might actually be addicted to making these mini wall hangings! They’re so therapeutic to me and I might just make a larger one as well. Keep reading to see if that happens!
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