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Create an original, hand woven bracelet on a cardboard loom you make yourself. Use a variety of yarns left from your knitting and crochet projects. Accent your bracelet with beads, buttons, sequins and other colorful embellishments.
● Cardboard Loom
Directions and supply list for the loom are provided below.
● Wooden coffee stirrer or popsicle type stick
● Snaps for closures
● Longer length, large eye tapestry needle
The longer, blunt, bent, gold needle used in sewing sweater seams is good.
● Yarn for warp -14 yards sock yarn or sport weight yarn
This includes the waste yarn for starting the weaving.
I think sock yarn is a good first choice. Do not use the stretch sock yarns.
● Various yarns for weaving (weft yarns) Usually 10 weft yarns are sufficient.
Include fuzzy texture, glitter, variegated, and ribbon yarns and different gauges of yarn up to a light bulky if you have them. Pieces about 2' long are good. You should be able to weave for about 1"with that length. Adjust the length of your weft pieces based on the amount of weaving you wish to do with that color. If you have a yarn with large bumps, it can be difficult to pull across the shed (opening between the warp threads.) So do not use those on your first attempts at weaving. With the fur yarn you may need to use your tapestry needle to pull up the short furry pieces on the yarn so they will appear on the surface. When you use sock yarn as the weft double the sock yarn. You will need to cut a piece 4′ long. This creates less narrowing of the bracelet width. However, the variation in width is part of the design of the bracelet.
● Beading thread, needle, and beads and/or buttons for embellishment on top of bracelet
● Fabric for backing the bracelet
This could be cotton, thin leather or ultra suede. I usually use a cotton batik.
● Interfacing for bracelet
I use a fusible Pellon® fleece 987F though I do not fuse the interfacing to the bracelet. You want an interfacing that provides body but that is not stiff, using Lacy’s Stiff Stuff™ (obtained at bead shops), makes a stiffer cuff bracelet.
● Safety pin to place on right side of bracelet
Making the Loom:
● Piece of corrugated cardboard - 4" x13¼"
Select a sturdy cardboard. This is the base of the loom.
● Piece of cardboard from cereal box 4" x 3", 2 pieces
Slots for the warp yarn are cut into this cardboard
When you study the wrong side of the cardboard you will notice very faint grain lines. In the boxes I use they go from side to side. The rectangle needs to be folded in half and you get a neater, stronger fold if you fold on the grain line. Follow the drawing and fold on the dotted line.
● White craft glue
● Masking and package tape
● Plastic, alligator, and/or binder clamps
This is my original idea.