So you’ve opened up your New Hobby Box expecting to uncover tools to start your new hobby… weaving. Instead, you find a strange flat thing, a wooden stick, and skeins of yarn.
“Hmmm ummm… what is this?” **Goes to URL on insert** “OHHHHHH cool!”
Starting with the ‘strange flat thing’ 👇👇👇👇
This is your loom AND your tools. Pretty amazing.
Added bonus: This pop-out loom is made from sustainable sources (certified via the Forest Stewardship Council) and then woodburned by our friends at Black Sheep Goods in Nashville. Side note: next month we’re teaching you how to wood-burn aka Pyrography 🔥
You’ll want around 300 grit sandpaper to make sure your pop out loom doesn’t give you splinters. It’s to smooth out your needle and other tools when working with fiber.
And speaking of tools… your kit includes a loom, pick-up stick, comb, 2 shuttles, needle and dowel. Later on we will go over each of these tools individually.
We’d recommend starting out by popping out the loom before the tools (like shown above) however in the below video, the tools are popped out first.
The first thing demonstrated in this video after the tools being popped out is warping. The thread used for this is known as your warp — the yarn that sits vertically keeping your project’s tension.
Warping your loom. Step One:
Tie a knot on the left side of the loom. Bring yarn up and around top tooth, then back down.
Continue going up and down until you have reached your desired width, then tie off. (Make sure your warp has even tension)
The next thing demonstrated in the video (0:16) is the use of the pick-up stick. The pick-up stick is best used to pick up every other warp to create a shed to pass your shuttle through. To wrap a shuttle, tie yarn onto an end and ‘figure 8’ on one side, then repeat that same figure 8 on the other side.
Once the necessary prep is over, it’s time to weave. Use your needle or shuttle to pull up every other warp thread and pass your weft through. Pull excess and make an angle with the weft. Careful not to pull too hard… or the sides will start to squish in. (OH NO!)
As demonstrated in the video, occasionally use the comb to softly push down your weft to keep it even and in place.
Now at (0:26) a RYA is demonstrated. Here is a more in depth view on how to create this type of fringe:
Cut a few pieces of yarn twice the length of the tassel. Wrap one end around the left warp.
Wrap the other end around right warp so that the ends are now together.
Continuing on with the original video, the next technique demonstrated (0:50) is the SOUMAK:
Wrap around each warp from left side, then back through around the right side. Continue warp by warp.
When you’ve reached the end, wrap around the last warp twice.
Mirror what you just did to create a braided look. There are many MANY other techniques to try once you get a handle on weaving, rya fringe, and soumak. Before starting our finishing your own tapestry, please read through the following “tricks of the trade” so you can have them fresh in your mind.
- To finish, cut the bottom warp threads off loom in pairs and tie them in a square knot. Insert the dowel rod into the loops of the top warp and VOILA! Any excess yard can be hidden by using your needle to thread yarn through a few rows of the reverse side of your tapestry.
- If at any time, a connection point slightly splinters, simply rub it with your sandpaper until smooth.
- It’s easiest to weave from bottom to top, leaving at least 2.5″ from the bottom of the loom to the first row. Weave all the way up and leave at least 1″ of room for the dowel. (in the video, they used much more than this)
- Always leave at least a 4″ tail on all weft ends — this makes it possible to hide the thread on the backside.
- Make sure to weave at least 4 rows of plain weave before adding rya tassels. (to keep them in place)
- When creating an angle with your weft, place a finger on the edge to keep the warp ends from pulling inwards.
- To wrap the shuttle, tie yarn onto end and figure 8 on one side, then repeat that same figure 8 on the other side.
- Topping off a weaving with a single row of soumak will help keep the top few rows of weft in place.
- To hang, tie a piece of yarn onto the dowel next to the warp ends.
- The loom can create a 11.5 x 8 tapestry but we have supplied you with 150 yards of yarn… so if you make more than one tapestry, sticks and drift wood are perfect substitutions for the dowel rod. (A lot of people prefer the driftwood)
- To make a smaller item (ex: bookmark or coaster) create a smaller warp by using less teeth.
Check out the following Pinterest board for inspo! We’ve pinned everything from techniques and tutorials to project ideas to get you started down the weaving rabbit hole. It’s a super rewarding hobby that creates potential to learn more and more each time you engage. Questions? Drop a line below or please tag us 👉 #newhobbybox so we can see what you’re up to with your looms! PS.. If you find yourself REALLY digging weaving, let us know and we’d be happy to point you into the direction of like minded individuals that share the love for fiber arts. HAPPY HOBBYING & HAPPY HOLIDAYS 🙂 🙂 🙂 Your friends, @NewHobbyBox