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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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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: Easily make a ribbon rose

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a ribbon rose. Users will need approximately 60 cm of 16 mm of satin ribbon. Begin by folding your ribbon in half and then pinch fold the end. Now fold the front half sideways and pinch it in place. Then turn it over and fold the ribbon to the opposite side. Keep folding until there is only about 1 inch of ribbon left. Users should end up with a pile of little folds. Pinch the two ends together and let go of the pile. As you pinch the ends tog...

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: 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 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 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 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: 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: 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...

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 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 on an Inkle loom

This intro to inkle weaving focusses on the the inkle loom. The weaving area is one one end, in between the weaver and the heddles. For centuries, inkle weavers have used looms similar to this to produce narrow tapes, ribbons and bands. Inkle looms are thought to have their origins in Britain.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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