Hot Weaving How-Tos

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: 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: 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: 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: Do a lanyard tornado stitch

In this how to video, you will learn how to do a tornado stitch. This stitch is similar to a quad stitch. However, instead of bringing the strands straight across, you bring them across diagonally. First, bring the purple strand up and to the left and bring the top purple strand down and to the right. Apply this to the yellow strands. Once this is done, bring the left orange strand right and upwards. Bring the right orange strand left and down. Go over and under and repeat. Do the same with t...

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 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: 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!

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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.

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Make a rag rug

Rag rugs were commonly made in households up to the middle of the 20th century by using odd scraps of fabric on a background of old sacking. Begin making rag rug with two ribbons tied in a knot. Attach a rug tool to the left strand. You can use a traditional latch hook, needle punch, or substitute tool. For the first row, repeat a simple process of tying knots. Don't tie them too tight, as you must thread the latch hook through each knot again to link the strings of knots. This video provides...

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: Do a lanyard super cobra stitch

In this Arts & Crafts video tutorial you will learn how to do a lanyard super cobra stitch. For this you will need two pieces of gimp cord; one piece about 15 times longer than the other. Start the same way as you would with a regular cobra stitch. Make a loop on both the cords and pass the loop on the shorter piece through the loop in the longer piece. Then pass the upper end of the longer cord around the shorter cord and pull it up from under through its own loop. Now pull both ends to make...

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: 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: 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...

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