AUTOPLAY
It's Loom Time!
40 steps
What you’ll need
Scissors
Tape
Cardboard
Sewing Needles
Thread/yarn/embroidery Floss
Pencil
Before we begin our looms, let's gather our materials
1. Before we begin our looms, let's gather our materials
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While the loom can be any 4 sided shape, we're going to start by cutting this into squares
2. While the loom can be any 4 sided shape, we're going to start by cutting this into squares
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Make sure to trim those edges to make them nice and even
3. Make sure to trim those edges to make them nice and even
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Now, with your pencil, make small marks on one edge, evenly spaced about a quarter inch apart
4. Now, with your pencil, make small marks on one edge, evenly spaced about a quarter inch apart
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It should look like this when you're done. Repeat on the opposite side.
5. It should look like this when you're done. Repeat on the opposite side.
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Now we can take that other cardboard and use it as a straight edge to connect the markings
6. Now we can take that other cardboard and use it as a straight edge to connect the markings
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Optional: add guidelines on either side marking how deep you want to cut into the cardboard
7. Optional: add guidelines on either side marking how deep you want to cut into the cardboard
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Make small incisions about 1/4" from the edge on both sides of the lines, and...
8. Make small incisions about 1/4" from the edge on both sides of the lines, and...
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Voila! The side view of a completed loom!
9. Voila! The side view of a completed loom!
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Now it's time for tape and your chosen fiber! We're going to use embroidery floss in this demo.
10. Now it's time for tape and your chosen fiber! We're going to use embroidery floss in this demo.
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Start by stretching the fiber across the first line-
11. Start by stretching the fiber across the first line-
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-then pull through the notches on either side to hold it in place.
12. -then pull through the notches on either side to hold it in place.
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Next, take both loose ends on the other side-
13. Next, take both loose ends on the other side-
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-and tape them down to keep them nice and tight!
14. -and tape them down to keep them nice and tight!
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Repeat the process until you have fiber running the full length of the loom.
15. Repeat the process until you have fiber running the full length of the loom.
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Now, thread your needle with generous length of your chosen fiber.
16. Now, thread your needle with generous length of your chosen fiber.
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Begin by tying a knot off to one of the corners of the loom, then...
17. Begin by tying a knot off to one of the corners of the loom, then...
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...starting from there thread the needle through the loom, alternating over and under with each line
18. ...starting from there thread the needle through the loom, alternating over and under with each line
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Once you've gone through a full row once, it should look like this!
19. Once you've gone through a full row once, it should look like this!
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Now we just repeat the process, pulling it tight every time...
20. Now we just repeat the process, pulling it tight every time...
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For however many rows you want to do with that color. Be sure to tie another knot whe you're done.
21. For however many rows you want to do with that color. Be sure to tie another knot whe you're done.
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But wait, we want some more colors in this don't we? Well that's not too hard at all.
22. But wait, we want some more colors in this don't we? Well that's not too hard at all.
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Once you've tied off one color, take the next one and tie off a new knot where you left off...
23. Once you've tied off one color, take the next one and tie off a new knot where you left off...
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...then repeat the weaving process for however many rows you want with the new color!
24. ...then repeat the weaving process for however many rows you want with the new color!
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You can really add as many as you'd like...or can fit! You can even split rows between colors!
25. You can really add as many as you'd like...or can fit! You can even split rows between colors!
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Let's demonstrate with this yellow. We'll start a line and go halfway across, same as always-
26. Let's demonstrate with this yellow. We'll start a line and go halfway across, same as always-
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-But then we'll loop around that tread and reverse course. We can keep doing these partial lines-
27. -But then we'll loop around that tread and reverse course. We can keep doing these partial lines-
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...we can do as many rows as we want, before we go back and fill the rest in with another color.
28. ...we can do as many rows as we want, before we go back and fill the rest in with another color.
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It's looking pretty good now, right? What's that? You want more customization options?! Well fine!
29. It's looking pretty good now, right? What's that? You want more customization options?! Well fine!
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Let's add some highlights! Pick a vibrant color that will stand out.
30. Let's add some highlights! Pick a vibrant color that will stand out.
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We'll pick a spot to insert a little knot-
31. We'll pick a spot to insert a little knot-
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-pull the thread through-
32. -pull the thread through-
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-and then loop back to tie it off as a knot.
33. -and then loop back to tie it off as a knot.
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Just trim away the excess, and now we've got a little splash of red in those earth tones!
34. Just trim away the excess, and now we've got a little splash of red in those earth tones!
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Add some more, why not, go crazy! But now we're ready to finish. Flip the loom over...
35. Add some more, why not, go crazy! But now we're ready to finish. Flip the loom over...
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...so that you are looking at the ends of the threads tape down. Peel aaaaaaall that tape off.
36. ...so that you are looking at the ends of the threads tape down. Peel aaaaaaall that tape off.
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(This will be very satisfying, I promise)
37. (This will be very satisfying, I promise)
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Now, we have to address these loose ends. Once one end is loose, tie pairs together-
38. Now, we have to address these loose ends. Once one end is loose, tie pairs together-
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-until you have this bit of fringe on either end holding it all together. You can tie those too.
39. -until you have this bit of fringe on either end holding it all together. You can tie those too.
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And now, for the final step, appreciate the beautiful art that you've made! It's so good!
40. And now, for the final step, appreciate the beautiful art that you've made! It's so good!
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