How to make a table top weaving loom

Table top looms may be made in several shapes and sizes. The looms may take on the appearance of a standing loom or may be a simple as a rectangle. The key to weaving is threading or wrapping the loom with slightly springy string such as a wool or plush cotton. This allows for the proper give during the weaving process.

Sand all pieces of wood to remove any splinters. Place the two 16 inch boards on a flat surface parallel to one another as the base of the loom. Place the two 11 inch boards on top of the 16 inch board, one on each end, to form a rectangle. The edges should be flush with one another.

Remove one of the top boards and place wood glue on both ends between the two surfaces. Replace the board. Secure each end using two 2/12 inch wood screws. Repeat the process on the other end. Let dry.

Round the edges of the 1/4 inch piece of wood with sandpaper to look like a bevelled "C". This will be used as the shed stick.

Warp the table loom and begin weaving.


An 11 by 16 inch loom will make a weaving from 4 to 6 inches long. Use a springy string or yarn to wrap and weave in the loom. Larger looms may be made in this same fashion. Stronger and larger wood dimensions would be required.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 - 3/4 by 1 1/2 by 11 inch pieces of wood
  • 2 - 3/4 by 1 1/2 by 16 inch pieces of wood
  • 1 - 1/4 by 1 by 12 inch piece of hardwood
  • 8 - 2 1/2 inch wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
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Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."