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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: Make a simple dreamcatcher

Gather your hoop and supplies. Wrap the suede evenly around the entire ring. Wrap it either eight or sixteen times, depending upon your preference. Glue the ends to the hoop. Secure them with a clothespin until the glue dries. Make the web. Tie the nylon string to the suede. Make eight knots evenly dispersed around the ring. Keep the thread taunt between knots. Make a second row. Place each knot "between" the knots of the previous row. Continue in this manner until a small hole remains in the...

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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

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: 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: Tie a wide-zipper sinnet

Need some help figuring out how to tie a wide-zipper sinnet? You've found it. This video crafts tutorial from TyingItAllTogether will walk you through the entire process. For specifics, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started tying your own wide-zipper sinnet, check out this crafty crafter's guide.

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: 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.

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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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