Introduction: Laser Cut Mini Frame Loom Weaving
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Our mission is to make weaving more accessible by designing open-source weaving looms
The Mini Frame Loom, has been designed to teach the basics of weaving and it's small size makes it ideal for little hands.
Follow our video tutorial or our step-by-step photo instructions to learn how to use the Mini Frame Loom to create your own weaving!
What is Weaving?
Weaving is a method of creating cloth from two sets of yarns or threads interlaced at right angles. The lengthwise threads are called the warp and the sideways threads are called the weft . Cloth is usually woven on a loom , a device that holds the warp threads taut and in parallel to each other while weft threads are woven through them.
Materials for the Loom
- 3mm MDF 15x20cm (6x8")
Materials for Weaving
- Large eye wool needle
The Mini Frame Loom can be cut from a single piece of 15x20cm (6x8") 3mm MDF.
Step 1: Make a Slip Knot
Step 2: Secure the Beginning of the Warp
Step 3: Warp Up the Loom
Step 4: Secure the End of the Warp
Step 5: Weave the First Heddle Stick - Alternate Each Warp Thread Under or Over the Stick
Step 6: Push the First Heddle Stick to the Bottom of the Frame to Tension the Warp Threads
Step 7: Slide the Second Heddle Stick Into the Gap Created by the First Stick
Step 8: Push Second Heddle Stick Towards the Top of the Frame
Step 9: Weave the Third Stick Alternating the Position of the Warp Threads - the Upper Warp Threads Should Be Placed Under the Stick and the Lower Threads Placed Over the Stick
Step 10: Push the Third Heddle Stick Towards the Top of the Frame
Step 11: Wind the Weft Thread Onto the Shuttle
Step 12: Pull the Middle Stick Towards the Centre of the Frame and Turn on Its Side - This Creates the Gap (or "shed") Through Which to Weave the Weft
Step 13: Push the Shuttle Through the Shed - Make Sure to Leave Enough Weft to Allow a Needle to Be Threaded When You Come to Secure the Ends
Step 14: Remove the Middle Heddle Stick
Step 15: Use the Reed (looks Like a Comb) to Push the Weft Yarn Securely Into Place
Step 16: Pull the Top Stick to the Centre of the Frame
Step 17: Above the Middle Stick Weave the Stick You Have Just Removed, Alternating the Position of the Warp Threads - the Upper Warp Threads Should Be Placed Under the Stick and the Lower Threads Placed Over the Stick
Step 18: Turn the Middle Stick to Create the Shed and Push the Shuttle Through
Step 19: Remove the Middle Stick and Use the Reed to Push the Weft Yarn Securely Into Place
Step 20: Pull the Top Stick to the Middle and Weave the Spare Stick Above, Alternating the Warp Thread Positions
Step 21: Repeat the Process!
Step 22: To Secure the Loose Weft Ends - Thread Onto a Large Wool Needle and Weave Back Into the Cloth
Step 23: If You Run Out of Wool or Want to Change Colour You Can Weave the Loose Weft Ends Back Into the Cloth Using a Needle
Step 24: When You Have Finished Weaving Remove All the Sticks and Tie the Warp Ends Together - You Can Slide or Cut These Off the Frame
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