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Sticks + Strings Loom

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Are you interested in weaving but don't have access to a loom?
This instructable will teach you how to create your own DIY loom made out of sticks and strings. All you need to get started is a couple of sticks, yarn, scissors, and cardboard. The Sticks and Strings Loom is a simple, fun, and inexpensive way for beginners to warp, weft, and weave!

Please refer to ChrysN's weaving glossary for help with weaving terminologies. 
 
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Step 1: Materials You Will Need

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+ Sticks: 2 sticks that are sturdy, straight (as possible), and not too rough; ~ 6-8 inches long. Other similar materiasl will work as well.
+ Strings: Strings, yarns, or threads that have strong and smooth qualities. I recommend using two colors for the warp, dark and light. You may use more colors for the weft (the string that is woven into the warp), if desired. 
+ Cardboard / Cardstock: ~ 5x7 inches. 
+ Scissors: For cutting strings and cardboard.

* Optional
+ Shuttle: To weave weft string across the loom.
No worries if you do not have a shuttle, a cardboard shuttle works great as well.
+Measuring Tape ​/ Stick: Not necessary but can be a useful tool. 

Step 2: Preparing the Warp

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To prepare the warp, take your two colored strings (dark and light) and cut an equal number of strings to your desired length. I would recommend at least 40 inches or longer, to account for any loom waste (the strings at the beginning and end of the warp which will not be woven).

As far as determining the width of your first project, start small - you don't want to spend too much time setting up the warp. The more strings you use, the more time it will take. For this instructable, I used a total of twenty-four strings - twelve dark and twelve light colored.

Once all strings have been cut, knot one end of the warp and tie the knotted end to something sturdy, like a chair, door knob, or a tree if you want to weave outside!

That looks like fun to try :D