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How to Weave Using a Loom

learn how to loom weave!

Loom weaving is a wonderful textile project for kids and is a great way for anyone to begin to learn to hand weave. 

i was just visiting my parents who wanted me to look through my childhood items stored there, and the first item up was my hand weaving loom.  Amazingly, it had a piece of loom weaving that I had been working on still on the loom!  

The hand weaving loom had been a Christmas gift, among many other crafting items.  

For this project, we are using a Melissa and Doug Wooden Multi-craft Loom. This wooden loom is well made and of excellent quality, as are all Melissa and Doug products.

Loom Weaving

Weaving a project is something that will keep your kiddos busy indoors on those rainy days or during the much needed breaks from using their technology devices!

For this project, we are using a Melissa and Doug Wooden Multi-craft Loom. This wooden loom is well made and of excellent quality, as are all Melissa and Doug products.

It has an easy adjustable frame which allows you to make a variety of projects, and includes patterns for a scarf, a mug rug, a drawstring pouch, and a purse.

With some creativity of your own, you can come up with many other projects to be made by weaving on this loom!

We found that the best places to purchase this loom at a reasonable price are Amazon.

This video tutorial will show the steps for the bar placement, dowel placement, how to string the loom, how to weave, how to add more yarn and how to finish a mug rug.

The basic weaving technique is the same for all of the projects included with the loom.

If you are looking for other projects and activities to keep your kids busy indoors, our 60+ Indoor Home Activities and Crafts for Kids page has great ideas.  Best of all, a lot of the craft activities can be made with everyday items you already have around the house.



COMPLETE VIDEO TUTORIAL AVAILABLE! The video below is a preview, to watch the whole video tutorial, click the link How to Weave Using a Loom to watch in Youtube.


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MUG RUG (COASTER) INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Position the Bar on the loom  

  • Put the horizontal bar in the bottom and middle notches.

This will be the placement for the mug rug we are making. You will be changing it for other projects as you progress in your skills.

Step 2:  position the dowels

  • For this project, you will be putting dowels in the first and tenth dowel holes.

See the photo below to assist you in the bar and dowel placements.

How to Weave with a loom Dowel Placement

Next, you will string the loom with your yarn.

How to Weave with a loom Stringing the Loom

Step 3: String the Loom

  • Begin by tying one end of the yarn to the top of the left side dowel above the bar.
  • Next, insert the yarn down and up through the notches filling the weaving area from left to right. 
  • After covering the weaving area with vertical strand, tie the yarn to the top of the right side dowel above the bar.

Step 3: Weave Your yarn

  • Taking 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 discovered it is better to tie it around the dowel and the yarn.

How to Weave with a loom Weaving

  • 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.
  • At the end of the row, loop the yarn around the dowel and the last vertical strand.
  • Pull the yarn a little snug but not too tight.
  • Start weaving the next row by going behind the strands you weaved in front for the first row of yarn, and in front of the strands you weaved behind.
  • As you weave, gently push down the rows with your fingers.

Step 4: ATTACH MORE YARN

  • Remove yarn from the needle by untying the knot or cutting the yarn from the needle.
  • Get the new length of yarn.
  • Use a square knot to tie the two pieces of yarn together.
  • How to Weave with a loom Attach new  Yarn Tie the other end of the yarn to the needle.
  • Begin weaving again. Tuck and weave the short knotted ends in.
  • Continue weaving until project is the desired size, adding more yarn as needed.

Step 5: FINISH off THE PROJECT

  • Remove the dowels by gently sliding them up and out of the holes.
  • Unhook the top loops.
  • How to Weave with a loom Finishing Cut the loops and then double knot one strand of yarn with the strand of yarn next to it.
  • Repeat this step with the bottom loops.
  • Trim the ends of the yarn evenly.
  • Trim any yarn sticking out from where the yarn was knotted.

Great job!!  Your mug rug or coaster is ready to use with your favorite drink or to to give as a gift.

Loom Weaving

Examples of Loom Projects - Mug Rug & Drawstring Pouch

Once you know how to weave with the loom, you can get creative and use it to weave things other than yarn, like ribbon, strips of fabric, vines and much, much more. 

Hand-woven items are just perfect for gift giving, too!

Get your own loom from the affiliate link below:

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about this project, contact us through the YouTube Video comments or our Contact Us page. We respond to questions in e-mails and YouTube comments regularly.

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Multi-Craft Weaving Loom

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 Amazon.com







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