I was watching a video on You Tube showing how to card weave. Today I cannot for the life of me find it again. Anyway… The simple loom that was used in that video was wonderful. So… I made me one. Then I decided to decorate it with the instructions on how to use it. Here it is….
I am now making 15 looms for a class that I will teach in June at the Red River Historical Museum in Sherman, TX. This loom is exceptionally easy to make with a 1×4 piece of lumber, a 1″ dowel, some sand paper and 14 wood screws, 6 eye screws. It can be as long as you want it and the side pieces can be as tall as you want it. Mine is 34″ long with side pieces 5″ tall. The eye screws are placed at each end (as shown in the 2nd photo of my personal loom). This is to tie your warp to as you work. There are eye hooks on each end, but I have found that weights on my warp work really well with this loom.
My personal loom has instructions for threading the cards S or Z and several patterns woodburned and then painted with acrylic paints on it. On the bottom I have drawn a picture of the loom with the card weaving in place, signed and dated it. It was then stained with golden oak stain and a finish coat of polyurethane was applied to seal everything.
The teaching looms will be a little more plain. They are painted and on the side pieces I have painted the looms in sets of 3 with 5 different flowers in different colors. This way I can place the different flowers next to each other and make it easier for the students to find their loom after breaks… i.e. red rose, dahlia, lilac, purple rose, violet…then start the rotation over again.
When I first used this loom, I found that it wanted to slip and slide all over. The perfect solution is this… “rubber” shelf liner. This will be cut to fit and hot glued on the bottom of all my looms. Works like a charm…
I want to thank everyone who has stuck with me over the last few months. We have lost my sister in May, my stepfather in June and my brother in January. You’re champs for hanging in there with me.. ;o)
If you need more info on how to build this loom just let me know and I will draw it off.