How To: Maintain straight edges for narrow weavings

So you're weaving a narrow band. How do you keep the edges nice and straight? Here's a technique that combines weft insertion, beat, and selvedge control. It's useful for inkle weaving, tabletweaving, rigid heddle weaving, backstrap weaving... or even weaving small bands on a big loom. Try it!

How To: Make a palm cross for Palm Sunday

Let's face it: Church is one of the most boring activities a kid attends during the week, so try to make the drudgery at least bearable by getting your kids to do some hands-on religious crafts. This video teaches you how to weave a palm cross out of palm leaves. You must soak the leaves in water overnight, then tear them into 1/2 inch X 18 inch strips for easy, pliable weaving the next day.

How To: Tie a four strand round braid easily

If you are interested in tying something cool just for fun, check out this next tutorial. In the video, you'll be finding out how to tie a four strand round braid easily. There are many tutorials on how to tie a four strand braid, but they can be very confusing and that's no fun.

How To: Tie a slide loop clasp for hemp jewelry

Utleyville Hemp teaches us how to tie a slide loop clasp for all your hemp jewelry. First tie three square knots at the top then tie something like a switch knot. First take your knotters and bring them to the inside and tie a square knot or two square knots if you feel like it. Next tie the parts of the bead carrier together. After that tie some more square knots. After you're finished tying your jewelry, finish it by tying an overhead knot, leave a gap, and tie another overhand knot. Stick ...

How To: Tie dragonfly knots easily

Tying knots can be fun and a great way to help pass the time. They can be used to decorate a variety of different things. For this video tutorial, you'll be finding out how to tie a dragonfly knot easily. It's a decorative Chinese knot and is one of the more popular ones searched for online. So check out the video above, pay attention, and enjoy!

How To: Do a lanyard twisted triangle stitch

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a lanyard twisted triangle stitch. Users will need 3 pieces of gimp with the same length. Take all 3 strings and tie a knot at the end. Now separate all 3 strands from each other and select one of the strands to be the top strand. Put the top strand over the second strand and bring the second strand over the third strand. Now run the third strand through the loop of the first strand. Pull on all 3 strands to make the stitch and repeat for the re...

How To: Make a braided bookmark

A braided bookmark is pretty easy to make and can be a neat gift for a pal. This video tutorial teaches you how to make a braided bookmark using multicolored paper strips. Choose your favorite colors and even add some personal flair for the perfect design.

How To: Weave on a cardboard loom

Learn about the basics of weaving with this stop motion weaving tutorial video. Several different weaving and knot techniques are demonstrated, even showing common mistakes in the weaving process. Watch and learn a simple technique for weaving on a cardboard loom.

How To: Store rope to avoid tangles

This is how to store a rope so it will not tangle. If you have long lengths of rope to carry along on a boating trip or camping adventure, it helps to wrap the rope into an accessible yet compact series of loops. This rope will unwind easily for all your rope tying needs.

How To: Dress a floor loom

This is video footage of one step in the process of dressing a loom. This includes threading heddles and sleying reed. For a first-time weaver, setting up the loom can be 80% of the job. Many beginners actually enjoy dressing the loom more than weaving off the web. This comes about by careful work, techniques that have built-in double-checks, and efficient methodology.

How To: Warp an Inkle loom

With all those pegs sticking out, inkle looms can look intimidating -- but in truth they're both easy to warp and easy to use. To get the loom ready for weaving, you alternate threadings: One thread goes through a heddle, the next one doesn't. The preparation is easy and the weaving that follows is all about how well you can use this tool.

How To: Make a loom and a scarf with Threadbanger

Ever thought your neck was going to freeze off it was so cold outside ? Well worry no more...Threadbanger shows you how to not only make your very own loom but how to utilize all that scrap fabric you got lying around and make a scarf with it. Thanks to Barbara from Bobbi Clothes for hooking it up.

How To: Weave a (king) cobra stitch for parachord bracelets

In this tutorial, we learn how to weave a (king) cobra stitch for paracord bracelets. First, take a 10 inch cord, fold it in half, then tie a knot at the end of it. Put this on a holder, then tie another chord on the bottom of it and hold it with your knees for tension. Next, start to weave the other color chord around it by going in and out of the two sides of the first chord. Continue to do this for the entire bracelet, then knot it off at the end to finish. You can add your favorite colors...

How To: Hemstitch with a loom

Watch this instructional video of how hemstitching is done in handweaving. A hemstitch is an ornamental stitch made by pulling out several parallel threads and tying cross threads together into small, even bunches. You will need to use different spacing patterns with your hemstitch, depending on the fibers in your weaving.

How To: Weave a switchback pattern hemp bracelet

This is the demo of preparing switchback pattern hemp bracelet. Its not a long process. In fact, it takes only 10 minutes to complete. The hardest thing is probably to make sure that each part of it is exactly the same size. Get a long piece of string and fold it into half. Grab the bottom part to make a loop. Before weaving, draw horizontal lines in a paper of 1 inches apart. Keep the paper on a clip board. Keep the loop between the clips. Then, keep one twine on the left side and another on...

How To: Build a super simple mini loom to weave scrap fabric

Check out this tutorial for ideas on how you can use your left over scrap fabric. In this video, not only will you learn how to use a loom, you will build your own! This tutorial from Elizabeth Gleeson will walk you through the process of building a mini-loom and using it to weave new fabric out of scraps left over from old craft projects. This is a great way to recycle and create something unique - so get started!

How To: Tie a two color snake weave

The great thing about weaving, is not only can you make something that is fun to look at, but can be used in certain situations. This next tutorial is going to show you how to tie a two color snake weave. The weave is basically a celtic knot that is perfect to use as bracelets and straps. This weave is different from an original snake weave in that it adds something extra and can't wrap around itself. So check out the tutorial and good luck!

How To: Make a tribal hemp bracelet

To make a tribal hemp bracelet, first you need to prepare the hemp. Buy a natural colored hemp of 1mm thick(20lb twine). Cut one strand of hemp that is around six times the length. Cut a second strand of hemp that is twice the length of the first, or roughly 12 times the length of the bracelet. Fold both strands in the middle, one at a time, making a crease at each midpoint. Knot the creased midpoints together, leaving a loop at the end that is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long. Your hemp is ready n...

How To: Use a small wonder weave loom

Learn how to make a four inch square with a Wonder Weave Loom. This is a specific small vintage loom. However, the warp winding and weaving techniques demonstrated can lend themselves to larger scale looms. Hopefully this weaving tutorial is helpful for beginning weavers looking to understand the warp and weft.

How To: Tike a simple reef knot (a Solomon bar) using 550 paracord

Paracord, or parachute cord, has a very interesting history. As its name implies, it was used to suspend parachutes in WWII. The super lightweight cord is used nowadays as a utlity cord in the military and other applications. The paracord, also known as 550 cord, has even been used in outer space by astronauts repairing the Hubble Space Telescope.

How To: Advance the warp for Inkle loom weaving

When the shuttle feels cramped as you pass the weft through your weaving, it's clearly time to advance the warp. This video shows the steps involved in advancing the warp on an inkle loom: loosen the tension, move the warp around the pegs, reposition the heddles. At the end, check the position of the warp threads on the pegs and re-tighten the warp.

How To: Make a kissing ball for Christmas

Learn how to make a kissing ball for Christmas with these steps outlined in this video tutorial. A kissing ball is essentially a bunch of pine boughs in the shape of a ball decorated with red ribbon and pine cones that can be used as seasonal decorations. You need to cut the boughs of pine in the desired lengths you want. The longer the boughs, the larger the ball. You will need a florist's Styrofoam ball soaked in water, which will be covered with the pine boughs. Once the ball of pine is fo...

How To: Wind a skein of yarn into a usable ball

Like getting your watercolor papers and paints ready before you unravel a Monet-worthy masterpiece for the ages, knitting takes some prepwork that many beginning knitters may forget about. While it may seem that alll you need are two knitting needles and a ball of yarn, skeins of yarn often need to be unwound and then wound back up into a ball of yarn to make them usable.

How To: Weave a toothbrush rug starting with half hitch stitch

This video weaving tutorial shows how to start a rug using the half hitch knot/stitch. It's the easiest way to start a rug. The start is very strong too, as strong as a braided start, and much stronger than a chain stitch start. Watch this instructional video series and learn how to weave a toothbrush rug starting with a half hitch stitch.

How To: Begin Inkle weaving

Watch this instructional weaving video to begin weaving on an inkle loom. Inkle weaving is a type of weaving where the weave is created by manually raising or lowering the warp yarns on a loom known as an inkle loom. Inkle weaving was brought to the United States in the 1930s. We know that the inkle loom predates the Shakespearian era, due to a reference to the inkle loom in Love's Labour's Lost. Inkle weaving is usually used for narrow work such as trims, straps and belts.

How To: Weave on the Schacht Inkle loom

Ever wanted to learn how to weave? The inkle loom is a simple and inexpensive loom for weaving bands, and is easy to learn how to use. Watch this video weaving tutorial and learn how to use a Schact Inkle loom and start weaving in no time. Learn about warps, wefts & threading. Wonderfully clear weaving tutorial for textile artists and designers.

How To: Weave with paper index cards with Make Magazine

Learn how to weave with Travis Meinolf who's featured on the cover of CRAFT: 08, the Weaving issue. He explains how to make weaving loom out of 3 X 5" notecards, yarn and a pencil. After assembling the basic structure of the loom, create tension in the loom by attaching one end of the loom to the wall and the other end to one's waist. With a shuttle, it is possible to begin making creative woven fabrics in a matter of minutes.

How To: Make a basic hemp bracelet

In this video, lbedrick shows us how to make an easy hemp bracelet. First get some hemp and two beads. You will need one small bead for the end knot and whatever bead you want for the middle. Cut two pieces of hemp about 40 inches each and bend them in the middle. Where you bend the two pieces, tie a knot. Separate the two end pieces, then fold the right string over the base string, but under the left string. Fold the left string under the base strand, through the right loop, up and over, the...

How To: Spin wool

In this episode of Growing Wisdom, Dave Epstein and fiber sculptor Susan Barrett Merrill discuss how to spin wool. Barrett Merrill demonstrates the spinning wheel and explains how wool is transformed into yarn. She also shows some of her own work and explains her artistic process.

How To: Weave a toothbrush rug starting from a tight braid

Starting a rug is the hardest thing to do, and beginners are often better served to work on a start made by an experienced rug maker to become comfortable with the stitch. That being said, there's nothing that can't be learned with a little help and practice. Watch this video weaving tutorial and learn how to weave a toothbrush rug starting from a tight braid.

How To: Mend a rag rug with a strip of cloth

Though rag rugs are durable and are known to last decades, sometimes due to a weak fabric, a thin strip, loose stitching, or canine chewing, holes and weak spots develop. Fortunately, these holes are easy to fix. All you need is a strip of fabric in a similar color. Watch this video weaving tutorial and learn how to mend a rag rug with a strip of cloth.

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