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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: Card wool for spinning by making rolags

Hand spinners who want to master long-draw drafting for woolen spinning need their fibers in a special form: carded rolags. Combed fiber won't do it -- neither will carded batts. This introduction shows you how to make carded rolags. Start by washing your fleece....

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 simple beaded hemp anklet

In this tutorial, we will learn how to make a simple beaded hemp anklet. Start off by measuring six 34" strands of hemp. Now gather the hemp strands and tie them into a knot at the end, pulling the strands tight. Clip the end into the clipboard and start to tie your hemp strands into a braid. When you reach the bottom, tie a knot and pull tightly. Now, add wooden beads onto your anklet and keep braiding in between these on other anklets. When you are finished, you can give these to friends as...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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