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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: 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: Tie a right half knot spiral for hemp jewelry

This video is an instructional video on creating and using the right half knot spiral knot tying technique for creating hemp jewelry. The technique creates items like anklets, bracelets, chokers, and necklaces. Also, creator of the video demonstrates every step and procedure for creating the knot spiral. First, tie an overhand knot by crossing the right side of the cord over the left side of the cord. Second, bring the left cording under the right cording to create the second phase of the kno...

How To: Make a great looking holiday wreath

Six Minute Style host Susan Doherty is on location in Montana at the Nine Mile School house with Kurt Seer who shows how to create a 3 dimensional wreath mobile. He uses birch as his base. You can use any wood you choose. Make a square out of four branches. Knot, tie and twist floral wire at cross sections of the wood frame. Leave a little tail for the decorations. Tie dried rosemary in the wire tail. Tie leaves and greenery around the frame using wire. Not only for Christmas, you can create ...

How To: Plan out and organize materials for a toothbrush rug

This video weaving tutorial describes the creative process by which materials are decided upon and how to sequence the fabrics together into the rug. Naalbinding or toothbrush rug making recycles wasted clothes, plastic bags, hosiery, and time into beautiful durable rugs. Watch this instructional video and learn how to plan out and organize the fabrics and materials for toothbrush rug weaving.

How To: Make a clutch wallet out of duct tape

Watch this video and teach yourself how to make an easy and cheap clutch wallet using duct tape. The materials required for this are a pair of scissors, a rod, Velcro sticky tacks and duct tapes of different colors and you can use as many colors as you want. Cut out 12 inch strips of duct tape and stick five of them slightly overlapping one over the other. Then stick five more of the duct tape strips as in the above procedure so that the sticky sides of the two layers will be stuck together. ...

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: Begin finger loop braiding

Watch this instructional video series to begin making several variations of finger loop braids. Finger loop braids are braids woven using loops of string on your fingers. Finger loop braiding reached a high point in Medieval Europe and England between 1200 and 1600 CE. Finger loop braids have a multitude of uses. They can fasten objects together, lace bodices, trim sleeves, close purses and hold wax seals to parchment. Modern uses include drawstrings for pants, hair ties, shoelaces, and frien...

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: 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: 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: Weave tarn (t-shirt yarn) on a potholder loom

A potholder loom is a square-shaped loom that allows you to weave thickly woven fabric, but often if you're not careful you can create gaps in between the yarn. But that problem will be completely solved in this video, in which you'll learn how to bypass the gaps. The result will be a basket weave-type fabric that's thick yet lightweight enough for summer scarves.

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: 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: Make a basic macrame hemp bracelet

It is one of the easiest method to make a basic macrame hemp bracelet. First get out your hemp twine, if you do not want to use hemp there is a wide variety of colored cord you can chose from, the thicker the cord the bigger your bracelet. Cut off two long strands and take one strand, fold it in half and loop it over a rounded stick such as a paint brush or pencil. Do the same to the other strand. Now, you have the four strands hanging down. Take the right strand, pull it over the two inner s...

How To: Hand spin wool using the woolen long draw

Long ago, wool yarns were described as "worsted", or "woolen", or something in-between. A true "worsted" yarn is spun from combed fiber, which is dense and fairly smooth. A true "woolen" yarn, on the other hand, is open, airy, fuzzy, and warm. Its fibers comfortably tangle and spiral down the length of the yarn. The descriptive words not only apply to the yarns, but also to the techniques used to spin them. Worsted spinning is done with a short draw -- a short drafting movement. Woolen spinni...

How To: Tie a sheep bend knot for camping

This video tutorial is in the Arts & Crafts category where you will learn how to tie a sheet bend knot for camping. Take two ropes, make a bite at the end of one rope. Pass the end of the other rope through this bite from underneath and come back through the loop in the second rope and pull it tight. This knot is used to tie two ropes of different sizes together. A variation to this knot is called the double sheet bend. Here you make two loops with the second rope and pass the standing end th...

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: Make your own wreath from scratch

In this video, Meg will show you how to make your own wreaths. You’ll be creating two scenes on your wreaths : a woodland and an aromatic one. You’ll need 2 cardboard rings (one slightly smaller) cut in wreath forms, green moss, a hot glue gun, a knife, some pretty fabric, and a handful of old corks.

News: 1,000,000 Spiders Weave Rare Silk

A rare textile woven from the silk of more than one million spiders is currently on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The incredible textile measures 11 by four feet, and is the largest piece of spider-woven textile in the world.

How To: Make a pine cone wreath

Wondering what to do with all those pine cones that are building up around your yard? Well, in this tutorial, learn how to take those cones and turn them into a truly unique decoration for your home.

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: Make an easy dreamcatcher

Arts and Crafts at Camp Watonka demonstrates how to make an easy dream catcher. Tools for the dream catcher include a ring, wax string, leather strips, pony beads, feathers, scissors and craft glue. First, cut a medium-sized piece of string. Tie a knot on the ring. Wrap the string around the ring two or three times and pinch it. Then, move to a different part of the ring and repeat the technique a few times. Add pony beads and feathers to the project. Glue the leather strips all the way aroun...

How To: Assemble a kiss loom

Pay attention to this instructional video when assembling your kiss loom. A kiss loom is one of the only looms with an adjustable gauge. The gauge is set by changing how much yarn is used for each stitch. The kiss loom comes with a set number of plastic bolts, which are used to adjust the rake.

How To: Start a toothbrush rug with half hitch knots

Starting a toothbrush rug can be the most difficult part of the entire weaving process. The technique demonstrated is a way to start weaving a toothbrush rug using a half hitch knot. Watch this video weaving tutorial and learn how to start a toothbrush rug using half hitch knots.

How To: Weave a toothbrush rug out of a destroyed umbrella

Listig the weaver likes to brag that the toothbrush rag rug weaving craft is the closest there is to making a silk purse from a sow's ear. In this video tutorial series, he takes two umbrellas and uses them to add on to a rug which was started from a discarded shower curtain. Watch these instructional videos and learn how to weave a toothbrush out of a destroyed umbrella.

How To: Tie a keyhole weave knot

In order to create a Key Hole Weave Knot, you will need: rope or twine. Begin by making a loop. Then, make a second loop next to it. Cross the loops, placing one on top of the other. Weave a free end through the loops. Next, weave the other free end through the loop. Pull them both through carefully. Next, you'll need to shape your knot, by making sure that the spacing is even.

How To: Create your own modern wreath

Danielle Proud shows and discusses her version of how to reinvent the Christmas wreath. She uses black spray paint to highlight the leaves that she uses. After she sprays the leaves with the black spray paint she sprinkles glitter on to the painted areas of the leaves. Using a circular wreath frame she creates her vivid modern Christmas wreath. She makes sure to give you step by step instructions on her vision. When it is all said and done she shows you a finished wreath she has made using he...

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: Spin silk hankies

There aren't many vids out there about how to work with silk hankies and how to spin with them. I also found that you can easily roll the silk "roving" into a ball. I tend to do this when I need a lot of silk to ply with another single so that way it does not take as long to make the yarn. It's a great way to kill time at the relatives place!

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