I always want to get people to try weaving.  It’s a really fast way to use up yarn.  You get to build up a whole new type of yarn stash (have you seen my shelves full of cones?).  It’s jut plain fun, and it really isn’t all that much harder than making potholders with loops like you probaby did as a kid.

One of the biggest barriers to trying weaving is the perception that a lot of expensive special equipment is required.  It’s true that you can go crazy with your equipment and spend thousands of dollars on looms, but it’s not necessary.  A lot of projects are possible on smaller looms that you can either buy online for a reasonable price or make yourself.

There are vintage Weave-it and Weavette looms sometimes available on ebay or in second hand stores, but neither company is currently producing them.  I bought a similar loom (7″ square) from Hazel Rose Looms.  It works wonderfully and comes with a long crochet hook and a packing fork to slide the yarn into the right spot.

Sometimes purchasing a loom isn’t a good option, so it’s fortunate that there are many tutorials for building your own square frame loom at home!  Each of these methods requires different tools and techniques, so you can pick the one that works best for you.

Repurpose an old book to make a loom with this DIY Video courtesy of CraftSanity.

Fibermusings has tutorial for making a loom from an artist’s canvas stretcher.

Eloomination suggests using Foam core board and straight pins for a quick DIY loom.

Once you have your loom up and ready to go, you need a crochet hook to use as a shuttle.  A long one as used for Tunisian crochet is your best option.  You want it to be about 2″ longer than the width of your loom.  You’re also going to need something to push the yarn down to even it out between pins.  You can buy a packing fork for this, but I use a comb from the dollar store.  A hair pick or even a fork could be used for this step.

These little looms can be warped regularly (up and down) or on the bias (corner to corner).  For patterns with lace, you want the traditional style of warping, since it will allow you to use the lace pattern.

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