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Now that I made a simple frame loom I was ready to try it out. This is my first attempt at weaving so I started with something small and simple.  It is made using two weft colours and a simple pattern in the centre.  As I am still in the learning process please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or criticisms; also let me know if I didn't explain things clearly.


I included a glossary to help with the weaving terminology.
 
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Step 2: Warp

To warp a frame loom with a heddle takes a bit of time and practice.  Without the heddle you can just tie the loose thread to the bottom frame and wind the ball of yarn around the frame.  With the heddle you need to feed the thread through the slits and holes of the heddle as you wind it around the frame.  To do the you start with the loose end of yarn feed it through the heddle the far hole of heddle around the top  frame (from the front around). Continue with that thread bring in through the next slit of the heddle around the bottom frame (back to front) then through the next hole of the heddle.  Continue on this way alternating hole/slit along the length of the heddle to the end also wrapping from front to back on the top frame and from back to front on the bottom frame.  Once the warp is wrapped around the frame tie both ends of the yarn securely to the frame, the yarn should be taught and you should be able to move the heddle up and down with enough room to pass the shuttle through.
AmyM114 days ago

Great instructions! But where did you purchase the loom and the shuttles? I can't find the ones in the picture.

AmyM1 AmyM114 days ago

I mean the heddle

ChrysN (author)  AmyM114 days ago

I made my own, here are instructions:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Frame-Loom-for-Weaving/

GREAT instructions!!! How do you figure dimensions of the finished work?
ChrysN (author)  writetosilva1 year ago
It depends on the thickness of the yarn and the number of warp strands.
Chrystalkay2 years ago
I found your how to on making your loom and then followed it here to this one. Great jobs, by the way. I will have no problem making my own, but I do have a couple of questions....
Does the hedle stay put? I mean, is there enough tension on the end pieces of the hedle to keep it up or down and not falling sideways?
If not, do you then just hold up the hedle with one hand and push the shuttle through with the other, then let it drop and push the shuttle back through?
The piece is limited by the width of the loom, but what about the length? Is there a way to make something longer?
I guess I could make several hedles for the same loom for different numbers or guage of weft? from something with say 10 wefts per inch to about 4 wefts per inch?
Any suggestions on that part?
This was a pretty cute project for your first attempt! KUDOS!!!

Keep craftin
Chrystalkay
ChrysN (author)  Chrystalkay2 years ago
Thanks for your comment.

You move and hold the heddle up and down by hand while you pass the shuttle through.
Unfortunately with this type of loom the length is limited to the length of the loom . With this loom here you can adjust the length with a post in the back, though it is a bit harder to make.

You can make different heddles for different guages, I haven't made any other heddles myself but that is definitely a great way to make your loom more versatile.

Thank you for your quick answer and for the link. I like the simplicity of your design better than the more complicated on in the link, but it did give me an idea. I will just add a simplified roll up bar on the front and back. His instructions are great for those with machines, but I am stuck with a dremel, a drill, and a jigsaw. I will figure out a way to make it work but don't hold your breath for pictures. I already have several parts of the loom that I can use, but this year's Christmas gifts are far from complete. And until they are, I won't be taking on another project. But won't everyone be surprised next year when I have home loomed gifts for them!
Thank you for your help!
And about how tight to make the weft, I guess it will just be trial and error to start with.
ZoDo3 years ago
Amazing job. Keep it up
ChrysN (author)  ZoDo3 years ago
Thanks!
lordzamiel3 years ago
Having become severely visually impaired in the last 2 years, this and the preceding instructable both look like things I can do even with my limited sight. I think as soon as I return home from this most recent surgery I'll have to attempt them both =)
ChrysN (author)  lordzamiel3 years ago
I really enjoyed this project it was very interesting to learn about weaving and building a loom, hope you enjoy it too. Good luck with your surgery.
sunshiine3 years ago
This is very cute! Thanks for sharing!
ChrysN (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks!