Weaving is a tradition in so many cultures, but so few in our society today know the basics of these skills. No doubt, it’s a laborious process if you are going so deep as to attempt a rug or tapestry, but this craft can be applied to a variety of small projects that are sure to impress and please.
Start simple with this basic cardboard loom.
A strong, rectangular piece of cardboard
Stick or needle
Yarn or string
Cut small notches every quarter inch or so on alternate sides of your board.
Adhere one end of your string to the back side of your cardboard near the top corner. Run it through the first top notch and down across the front, wrapping around the opposite notch at the bottom to create a line. Wrap it around the back and up through the second notch and so on to create a series of parallel lines of string going vertically across your board. This is called the ‘warp’.
Your ‘weft’ is what you weave. Attach the end of your new string to a needle or stick. Pull in over, under, over, under horizontally until you’ve made a straight line across your warp. Now turn it around and starting just under the end of your first line, alternately go under, over, under, over. You can continue in this manner until you’ve reached the desired length of your weaving.
Turn your board over and down the middle of the unwoven string. Fasten the weaving by tying together the ends of your newly created fringe. It is now complete!
Variations of this simple weave can include a whole variety of imaginative materials: ribbon, plastic bags, even dryer lint!