Home Made Looms

Anything that holds warp under tension is a loom. Any weave structure may be woven on any loom. You don't need special "looms" to weave. You can make a simple loom out of things you have around the house. Here is a collection of wonderful ideas for you to "try before you buy" to see if weaving is something you'd like to take up or to keep children entertained on rainy days.

If you discover any broken/outdated links, please let me know.

Index Cards:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJlaxase0F0

Cardboard Box:
http://www.craftypod.com/2011/07/11/a-community-weaving-project-at-the-museum-of-contemporary-craft/

Tablets/Cards:
http://www.stringpage.com/tw/tw.html

Rigid Heddle/Back Strap:
http://bobscrafts.com/bobstuff/backstrp.htm

Laverne Waddington Back Strap Basics:
http://www.weavezine.com/content/backstrap-basics
(take note of the household items used to make this loom
http://www.weavezine.com/sites/default/files/images/2009/wk_38_LaverneWaddington//wz_2009w38_LaverneWaddington_03.jpg )

Here's a "backstrap loom" with a rigid heddle made from Shrinky Dinks:
http://diela-kcdesign.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-make-your-own-backstrap-loom-for.html

Simple Counter-balance Looms (Kente Cloth Weavers):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SM_2flGmQg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1Gz3DzR5bc

You can put string heddles on a frame and use it just like you would a rigid heddle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9orgl9rW_8

How to make string heddles:
http://rigidheddleweaving.com/articles/how-to-make-string-heddles
http://bobscrafts.com/bobstuff/heddles.htm

Clamps, a chair and a pencil (note: you can use cards, a rigid heddle or string heddles with a shed rod on this set up):
http://theloomybin.com/doc/cwloom/index.html

Cardboard Rigid Heddle Loom:
http://www.craftypod.com/2011/07/11/a-community-weaving-project-at-the-museum-of-contemporary-craft/

2 Shaft Counter Balance Loom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3MrlZIHf0o
See my "How to Make String Heddles" article

Toothpick Loom for making tubes (pouches):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kqUHE2ET_s

Weave It Loom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHkeoNB34yo
http://www.rogersstark.com/wool/weave/weave.htm

Knitting Board (you could also use cotter pins):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=CgyEcCK3Eps

Tiny Box Loom (imagine it on a larger scale!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY0DiWJM8Zw

Chording Loom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ5eqRcSDU0

Pocket Looms:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69Dwq2mGnx4

Index Card Looms:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJlaxase0F0
http://cdn.makezine.com/make/craft/08/pocketloom.pdf

https://make-guide-pdfs.s3.amazonaws.com/guide_1275_en.pdf

Shrinky Dink Loom (similar to Index Card Loom just a bit more sturdy):
http://diela-kcdesign.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-make-your-own-backstrap-loom-for.html

Picture Frame / Frame Loom (for Beading):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUjYBHzuuMQ
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Frame-Loom-for-Weaving/ (with rigid heddle)
http://youtu.be/NPXyIdA1ah4

Picture Frame Loom (for Tapestry/Fabric):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQLmd5DLG50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYYrJhORNrs (uses Push Pins)
http://www.marlamallett.com/loom.htm

Cardboard Lap Loom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbtKnvc_9No

Tape Loom Made from Cardboard Box:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adg0XXot2P4&t=5m29s 

Bow Maker:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8iDVeQ4lsU 

Weaving Straws (Sticks):
Straws: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVsmd-HrBOc
Sticks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVYxeLgEmww


 LOOM PLANS (for the carpenters in your life)

Magic Heddle Loom:
http://www.vintageprojects.com/kids/kids-loom.html

Various Looms:
http://www.woodworkersworkshop.com/resources/index.php?cat=707

2 Shaft Table Top Loom:
http://bobscrafts.com/bobstuff/2-h-loom.htm

Four Shaft Counter Balance Loom:
Note: File is in BETA. There are errors and omissions (easy to figure out). Please review instructions completely before forging ahead.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bw8P0l70aWGqNGYxMzFjZGEtOTkyNi00YTc5LWJlOTctYWMxMjE4NjVlODA2/edit?usp=sharing

Simple Wooden Rigid Heddle Loom:
Not exactly plans but if you're clever and handy with wood, you can probably figure this one out. Great pictures showing lots of detail.
http://minihobbyblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/covor-taranesc-in-miniatura-la-un-razboi-de-tesut-pe-masura/razboi-de-tesut-15/

 


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