How to Make a Small Weaving Loom

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A small weaving loom can be made from an old, wooden picture frame that you happen to have around your home or can find at a local thrift store or garage sale. The size of the frame will determine the finished size of the weaving. Items from around the house can be used for the shed stick, weaving sword, heddle bar and beater. A small, homemade weaving loom is perfect for beginners. Any size wooden picture frame may be used to make a homemade weaving loom.

Remove the glass from the picture frame. Cut the 1/4-inch thick wood lathe into three pieces the width of the picture frame.

Drill a hole 1/2 inch in from both ends of one of the cut lathe. Cut the end of one lathe into a "V" shape that is 2 1/2 inches tall. Rasp the edges of the "V" so they are tapered to a rounded edge. This creates the weaving sword or pickup stick. Sand both pieces of lathe until they are smooth.

Cut the 1/2-inch dowel the width of the wooden frame. Cut a notch 1/2 inch in from each end of the dowel. This will be used as the heddle bar.

String the loom by wrapping one continuous string from the top to the bottom of the loom, looping it around the frame. Continue wrapping the string in this matter until the loom is entirely strung. Begin weaving.

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