How to Use Your Weaving Kit
Thank you for buying a One-OneThousand Made Kits weaving loom, tool or kit! We’ve compiled a few handy resources to help you get started and make the most of your new supplies. Let’s go!
First things first.
The weaving world is vast and deep and there are a ton of ways to find inspiration and learn techniques. We recommend making a cup of coffee/tea or cracking a beer, then sit back and let yourself get lost in inspiration before you dig in. Here’s a round up of some of our favorite resources to help you get stared in your weaving practice.
Search woven wall hanging or tapestry weaving on Pinterest.
Search #weaverfever #weaveweird and #weaversofinstagram on Insta
ONLINE DIY PROJECTS & tutorials
Hello Hydrangea’s plethora of tutorials
Rebecca Mezoff’s YouTube channel
Now gather your materials.
Your list of supplies and materials will vary depending on the size and type of your weaving project but in general, you’ll need a loom, a set of weaving tools, yarn, warp thread, scissors and any accessories your project requires (beads, something to hang your wall hanging on, jewelry findings, etc) for small hand loom weaving projects.
Our favorite roving source: Love Fest Fibers
Ideas for what to hang your wall hanging from: driftwood, wood dowels, acrylic rods
Get to know your loom
Your weaving loom is a called a “lap loom” or “hand loom.” It can be held in your hand, in your lap or laid flat on a table while you weave. Your loom is handmade and built to last. The top & bottom acrylic rails are fragile though and can break if dropped the right way. No worries, you can easily replace them with new rails.
The top and bottom acrylic rails feature small measurement indicators to help you follow a pattern or stay consistent if you’re that kinda weaver.
The sides of the loom feature little slots that you can use to cinch the beginning and ends of your thread when you warp. Watch the How to Warp Your Loom Video
And finally all the details on how to use those cute tools.
Our weaving tools are made from acrylic. Handle with love - acrylic teeth can break if dropped or with too much tension.
tiny weaving COMB
Perfect for weaving on small looms & beating yarn down real good in tight places.
Wear on your ring finger or on a string around your neck for easy access whenever you need it.
Slide teeth inbetween warp threads and push down to beat yarn in place.
weaving SHED STICK
Cuts down weaving time by making one weaving pass oh-so-quick! Can also be used as a spacer.
Weave the shed stick horizontally through your warp just like you would weave a piece of yarn in the basic weave pattern.
Then push the shed stick all the way to the top of your loom up to the top rail.
Turn it 90 degrees so it is vertical and creates an open gap or “shed” in your yarn.
Start your first row of weaving with your yarn by easily passing your yarn through the shed.
Now return the shed stick to a flat, horizontal position.
Every other weave you can raise the shed again for a real quick pass!
Long needle is sized to make one pass with our small loom. Short needle works well in small areas or with the tiny loom. And that cute needle eye holds yarn in place.
Thread your yarn through the needle eye until there’s about 4” hanging out.
Gently cinch into the little slot to hold in place. If your yarn is real thin, just pull more yarn through like a regular needle as it may not cinch. If your yarn is real thick, use a shuttle instead.
Be careful not to put a ton of tension on your needle as just like any wood or acrylic tool, it can break! If you notice it starting to bend as you get in tigher places, it’s time to switch to a smaller needle or your fingers.
Perfect for weaving with thick and chunky yarns that don’t fit through weaving needle eyes.
Cut the amount of yarn you want to use from your yarn ball.
Take one end and hold it against the middle of the shuttle with one hand.
With the other hand, take the other yarn end and wrap around the shuttle horizontally from one end grove to the other until completely wrapped.
To weave, unwind the yarn from the shuttle a few times then make a pass with the shuttle through the warp. Unwind between each pass.