How to Weave using a Loom

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Loom Weaving

Want a craft idea which will keep your child busy for hours? Teach them to weave.

Learn how to weave on a loom by watching this video and reading the written instruction below the video.

We are using a Melissa & Doug Wooden Multi-Craft Loom. The easy-to-adjust frame allows you to make a variety of projects including a mug rug, a scarf, a draw string pouch and a carry-all bag.

This video will show assembled loom, dowel placement, how to string the loom, how to weave, how to add more yarn and how to finish a mug rug. The basic technique is the same for all projects.

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1. Assemble loom according to manufacturers instructions.
2. Position the horizontal bar in bottom and middle notches.
3. Place dowels in the first and second position.

1. Tie one end of the yarn to the top of the left side dowel above the bar.
2. Insert the yarn down and up through the notches filling the weaving area from left to right.
3. After covering the weaving area with vertical strand, tie the yarn to the top of the right side dowel above the bar.

1. Take a good length of yarn, tie one end to the needle and then tie the other end of the yarn to the bottom of the right side dowel. Note: In the video, I only tied it to the dowel but later I discover it is better to tie it around the dowel and the yarn.

2. Using the needle, start weaving behind one vertical strand and in front of the next vertical strand, behind, in front, behind, in front, etc. Continue weaving until you get to the end of the row.

3. At the end of the row, loop the yarn around the dowel and the last vertical strand.

4. Pull the yarn a little snug but not too tight.

5. Start weaving the next row by going behind the strands you weaved in front previously. And in front of the strands you weaved behind.

6. As you weave, gently push down the rows with your fingers.

1. Remove yarn from the needle by untying the knot or cutting the yarn from the needle.
2. Get the new length of yarn.
3. Use a square knot, tie the two pieces of yarn together.
4. Tie the other end of the yarn to the needle.
5. Begin weaving again. Tuck and weave the short knotted ends in.
6. Continue weaving until project is desired size, adding more yarn as needed.

1. Remove the dowels.
2. Unhook the top loops.
3. Cut the loops and then double knot one strand of yarn with the strand of yarn next to it.
4. Repeat #3 with the bottom loops.
5. Trim the ends of the yarn evenly.
6. Trim any yarn sticking out from where the yarn was knotted.

The mug rug is ready to use with your favorite beverage.

Loom Weaving
Examples of Loom Projects - Mug Rug & Drawstring Pouch

Once you know how to weave with the loom, you can use it to weave with ribbon, strips of fabric, vines and much, much more. Kids can get very creative.

This is an excellent rainy day project.

Kid's will enjoy making woven gifts for family and friends.

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Multi-Craft Weaving Loom

Includes adjustable wooden loom, oversize wooden needle, craft materials, illustrated design booklet, 91 yards (83 m) of rainbow yarn. Instructions for making four projects. Affiliate Link to

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