- One plastic take away box
- A craft knife
- Permanent marker
- Thin thread (I used a fine crochet cotton)
- Scrap yarn
I also used, but you don't necessarily need, a crochet hook and a double pointed knitting needle...
Step 1: Prepare the loom
With the thin thread, you need to prepare the warp threads - the ones that run top to bottom. Sticky tape/hold a piece of thread against the bottom of the box, towards the middle, and start to wrap the thread around the box, hooking it into the notches that you've already cut on each rotation - make sure you line up 1-1, 2-2 etc otherwise you'll end up with wide gaps in places. I tied the 2 ends of the warp thread together at the base, pulling all of the threads together tightly in the centre of the base.
I cut a bobbin/shuttle shape from a piece of cardboard, and wrapped my yarn onto it, to make it easier to move my yarn through the warp threads.
Step 2: Weaving
I started by going over odd, under even. I slid the double pointed needle into the warp threads to seperate the odds and evens. With the loose end of the weft thread (the yarn on the spool), I tied a simple knot around thread one, and then pushed the spool through the split warp threads. Once the spool of yarn had cleared all the way through, with the double pointed needle I pushed the yarn up to the top of my "loom".
The second row of thread is passed through under the odds, and over the evens - opposite to the previous row. The yarn should pass around the edge thread, stopping anything from slipping, and then continue under/over/under/over until the end of the row, before being pushed up to the top of the loom in exactly the same way as before.
Continue building up the rows, repeating the two steps before, until you either run out of thread or space... It is possible to lift the weave and twist it around the box, but I found it loosened of the warp threads a little too much for my liking - probably something that takes a little practice.
To make the fabric really sturdy, make sure you push the weft threads tightly together to make sure that there are no spaces between them.
Step 3: Finishing off
For a really neat finish, you can thread these ends onto a needle, and weave them into the fabric you created.
Moving on.... Obviously the take away box only gave me so many size options - I could make the warp threads closer together, and move the woven fabric around the box to allow myself more space to create a bigger piece of fabric, but there are definite limitations to it. The biggest piece of fabric I can imagine it allowing me to make is around 10" long and 4" wide - to be useful, I'd have to create a lot of them and sew them together. This could be interesting visually, but not quite what I had in mind when I was thinking about weaving initially. For now, I'm planning experimenting with a photo frame, to make something longer/wider - hopefully making a scarf out of it. I'll be back with photos when I've managed it!