Category Archives: Fun Projects

Textile and craft projects for families and youngsters.

Beginner Weaving – The Header: blheader1

A Header is woven at the beginning of a project. This can be woven of any type of scrap yarn as usually the header is removed once the project is finished. Try to use a similar weight of yarn as what will be used in the actual piece. The Header helps to align the warp into place, allows you to check for threading errors and gives a good edge for beating the weft into place.

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Cardboard Box Weaving Loom

Cardboard Loom Project

Spears Loom
How to weave tapestry on a child’s Spears weaving loom.

Double Hole Rigid Heddle
Add beads to your weaving project.

Other Cardboard Loom Ideas
More ideas for teaching weaving in the classroom.

Small Looms

Tapestry

Weaving Information

Used Looms

Weaving Books – Rigid Heddle Looms

Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material.
UK: Weaving Made Easy

The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric.
UK: Weavers Idea Book

more Weaving pattern books

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How to Use a Corker: how_use_corker

Corking, also called a knitting knobby or spool knitting is used to make tubes of knitted cord that can be sewn together for mats, coasters and crafts.

 

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Here’s How:

  1. Push the yarn through the centre hole from the top to the bottom, leaving a 4 – 6″ tail.
  2. Hold the corker (spool knitter) in your left hand and wrap the yarn around the first peg of the corker, from left to right (counterclockwise).
  3. Turn the corker 1/4 turn (clockwise) and wrap the yarn around the next peg.
  4. Repeat with the 3rd and 4th pegs.
  5. Give the yarn a slight tug on the tail, to tighten the loops into place.
  6. Wrap the yarn around the first peg again and hold it in place with your left hand.
  7. With your right hand, using the needle provided in the corker kit, or a croche hook, lift the first loop on the peg, over the second loop and drop it off the peg.
  8. This forms a knitted stitch.
  9. Turn the corker 1/4 turn clockwise and wrap the yarn around the second peg.
  10. Lift the bottom loop on the second peg, over the top yarn, forming the next knitted stitch.
  11. Give a slight tug on the tail of the yarn, and repeat the above steps working your way around the pegs until you have knitted the length of cord required.
  12. To cast off, break the yarn and pull it through each stitch on the pegs.
  13. Remove the loops from the pegs and pull the yarn tight to secure.

Tips:

  • The cord can be used for belts, straps or sewn into mats, coasters and even hats.
  • Try using different yarns, wools, cottons or raffia. 
  • How To

    How to Knit with a Sock Loom
    How Long does it take to knit
    How to Make an Alum Mordant
    How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Yarns
    How to Sew Handwoven Fabric
    How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
    How to Make a Tin Mordant
    How to Make a Twisted Fringe
    How to Use a Corker
    How to Wash Fleece
    How to Felt
    How to Use a McMorran Balance

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    Pin Weaving: aa071499

    You don’t need a loom or other expensive equipment to try weaving. Pin weaving offers both versatility and portability for a woven project. The “loom” can be a piece of foam core or cardboard. The warp threads are held in place with straight pins. Weaving can be done in any direction, using thread, yarn, fabric strips, beads, feathers or other fibers. Pin weaving can offer kids a good introduction to the creativity of weaving.

    Pin Weaving Mesh lets you create pin weaving creations without a board. It is a flexible backing into which you can weave yarn, ribbons and other materials.

    The Craft and Yarn Depot carries supplies, patterns and pin weaving starter kits.

    Linda Twohill of Sew What’s New has examples of pin weaving that incorporates various yarns, cords and beads to create an innovative vest design. Kits containing over 100 yards of coordinated boutique yarns will get you started on your own creative project.

    Lili Pintea-Reed has directions for making a Pin Woven Vest using yarns and ribbons.

    P Tamers at the Craft Connection site gives a pin weaving lesson for making a vest using strips of fabric. Basic techniques of using tubes, bias strips and fabric strips are explained.

    An episode of the Carol Duvall Show demonstrates pin weaving using fusible webbing, cotton fabric strips and bias tape to make a fabric that can be cut into any shape.

    Another episode is for a pin-woven Christmas stocking using metallic ribbon and gold fabric.

    Lynn Smythe is a bead artist who creates both on loom and off-loom beadwoven projects. She has made an interesting pin-woven necklace of linen, beads and various other yarns.

    Jo-Anne Fabrics and Crafts provides instructions to make a pin woven pillow using assorted ribbon strips.

    If you prefer to learn with others, Bullen’s Wullens offers 2 -3 day workshops in pin weaving where participants will make a small pillow using straight pins and a cardboard panel for their loom.

    Donna Rhoades and Kathy Stachowicz have written a step-by-step book, The Fine Art of Pin Weaving, that demonstrates many pin weaving techniques.

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    Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

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    Vintage Floor Loom Weaving 4 Harness, 6 Treadle with Warp

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    Family Fun Crafts: familyfun

    Spears Loom
    How to weave a small tapestry on a Spears childs loom.

    Felt Necklace
    How to make a felted necklace.

    Felted Eggs
    How to make felted Easter eggs.

    Cardboard Box Loom Project
    You don’t need expensive equipment to weave. A flat piece of cardboard or a cardboard box can easily turn into a loom that you can weave mug rugs, placemats or intricate tapestries on.

    Coiled Wool Baskets
    An easy basket to make from Fantti wool yarn using a coiled basket technique.

    Fairy Tales
    Fairy tales often feature weavers and spinners who possess powers of wisdom and ingenuity.

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    Felted Placemat
    Your kids will have fun making their own felt placemat. Here’s how.

    Felting
    Patterns, instructions, and other ideas for making your own felt projects.

    Hand Spindles
    Even the younger ones can learn to spin yarn using a drop spindle.

    Kool-Aid Colours
    Kool-Aid dyeing is an interesting way to add colour to yarn.

    Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
    Have fun making dyes using foods found in your kitchen.

    Papermaking
    Instructions and projects for making your own handmade paper.

    Paper Wall Hanging
    Don’t throw out your gift wrap. Save it for weaving a wall hanging or a placemat.

    Pop Goes the Weasel
    What is this song about? Is it a spinning song?

    Small Looms
    Here is a collection of articles and places to find small looms for weaving with beads, making belts and other small items.

    Trivia: Mad as a Hatter
    What does “Mad as a Hatter” mean?

    Weaving and Spinning Stories
    Links to tales, poetry and stories about weaving and spinning.

    Weaving Demonstration
    I had the privilege to give a weaving demonstration to some children and let them try their hand at weaving at Mudchute Farm in central London.
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    Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

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    Vintage Floor Loom Weaving 4 Harness, 6 Treadle with Warp

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    Loom Ashford Rigid Heddle

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    Textile Crafts: aa092697

    I learned the love of textiles as a child. On dreary, rainy days, my mother would give me a ball of knitting yarn and a pair of needles and together we would knit. Even now, when it is raining outside, my favourite thing is to pick up some wool and begin a new project. The warmth of the fiber and the lovely colours are enough to cheer anyone up.

    When I give spinning demonstrations, children are fascinated with the spinning wheel. They love to watch and touch the fiber and are thrilled when they are given a piece of the finished yarn. Children like to explore new materials and textures and to make things. fiber is a great medium for creativity.

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    Here a few ideas of things you can do with your kids to teach them about our craft.

    Cardboard Loom

    You can learn about weaving by making a loom from a cardboard box.

    Easter Egg Dyes

    Dye wool yarns or Easter eggs with dyes you can find right in your own kitchen.

    Felt

    If you have some fleece or wool roving, making felt placemats or other items can be an easy and creative activity. Handwork is an important part of the educational program in Waldorf schools. Children learn to wash and card wool. They are taught to spin their wool and knit. Handwork aids in fine motor skill development and stimulates thinking.

    The Young Textile Group is active in working with children to learn about textiles. Weaving, embroidery, knitting, feltmaking and papermaking are just a few of the many facets explored.

    A fun project that just needs a bit of yarn from your stash, is this yarn octopus.

    Children also love to work with colour. Kool-aid dyeing is a fun thing to do with kids. This project is best to do outdoors.

    Family Fun Craft Projects

    Weaving Demonstration at Mudchute Farm

    Craft Kits

    I Taught Myself Knitting Beginners Kit
    Kit includes book (with instructions for left handers) single point needle pair in size 6 and 8 a knit tally cable stitch needles stitch holders tapestry yarn needles 3/4 cabone rings point protectors and a knitting gauge.

    The Knit Kit Tadpole Knitting Board Scarf Kit with DVD
    The knitting board is a centuries old hand knitting tool that creates beautiful, double knit.

    Flexiloom – Mitten Loom Set
    This loom set is great for making knit mittens. You can also make: preemie hats, scarves, hot pads, socks, baby booties, and much more. The set comes complete with (1) 18 peg preemie loom (3 3/4″ diameter), (1) 12 peg thumb loom (2″ diameter), (1) steel pick tool with a comfort grip handel, and a instruction sheet for making mittens.

    Beka Rigid Heddle Childs Loom 10″
    An excellent loom for the beginning weaver, it also performs well as a portable loom for more experienced weavers. This loom features Beka rigid heddles which provide the weaver with an easy and reliable method of weaving. Both simple and complex techniques may be done with this loom.

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    Ashford Kiwi-3 Spinning Wheel - Folding Treadle / Natural Finish - FREE Shipping

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    Charkha book style spinning wheel Vintage, Nice Condition!

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    Dyes – Kool-aid Colors : aa082097

    Have your kids made Kool-aid and have you noticed that their mouth or hands turn an interesting shade of color? Well, Kool-aid can be used for more than just a summertime drink. Kool-Aid can be used to dye any animal fiber such as pure wool, dog hair, angora rabbit or mohair. It is relatively safe (as we drink it), easy to use and can be purchased at any grocery store.

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    Dye Safety

    Dyeing with Kool-Aid can be done in your kitchen, though this is not recommended. If you are using commercial dyes, do try to set up a separate dye space. Dyes are not safe to use around food preparation areas. During the summer, I do my dye projects outside. I use a 2 burner electric hotplate.

    Do not use pots or cooking utensils that will be used in your kitchen. For small dye projects, I have purchased a set of stainless steel mixing bowls, though any small pots will do.

    For this project, I wanted to see what types of colors would result using Kool-Aid (the unsweetened kind). Using about 2 ounces of 2 ply natural white wool, I wound off about 15 sample hanks. To wind a hank, holding the yarn in the palm of your hand, wrap it around your elbow and back up. Wrap it around approximately 10 times and tie the bundle off.

    Before dyeing, the yarn must be clean and free of wool grease or other contaminants. Soak the samples in warm water with a bit of soap added. I use Dawn dishwashing liquid as I find that it does a fine job of cleaning wool. Rinse the wool thoroughly to remove any soap residue.


    I used one package each of Lemonade (yellow), Kiwi-Lime (lime green), Pink Swimmingo (pink), and Grape (purple). Kool-Aid dyes can be set by using heat and acid. I put about 2 cups of warm water into each of 4 stainless steel mixing bowls and added about a teaspoon of vinegar along with the Kool-Aid. I heated the water to almost boiling.

    I put one sample skein into each of the 4 pots and let them simmer. When a pot started to get too hot, I would remove it from the heat and put one of the other pots onto the burner. It took a few minutes for the yarn to begin to absorb the dye. Yarn colour is not influenced by the amount of water in a pot but by the amount of dye substance. The dye in the Lemonade pot was exhausted with just one sample skein. All that was left was clear water. So I continued on with the other 3 pots of dye.


    I removed the first set of skeins from the pots and then placed all of the remaining skeins into the dye pots and let them simmer. After a few minutes I removed 2 skeins from each pot, squeezed out the excess water and placed them into the other 2 pots of dye. That is, I took 2 skeins from the Lemon-Lime pot and put them into the Grape and Pink Swimmingo. Similarly, I took 2 from the other pots and moved them as well. A few minutes later, I moved the samples from pot to pot again. Soon, the pink dye bath was exhausted, so I left the remaining samples in the Grape pot to simmer.

    For this type of dye to be heat set, the yarn needs to be heated for about 20 minutes. I placed the samples into a steamer on top of the dye pot and let them steam. Then I rinsed the samples in soapy water and let dry.
    Although Kool-aid dyes don’t give as strong colours as commercial dyes, the colours were still quite lovely and the faint odour of Kool-Aid still remains.

    Koolaid Mittens
    Linda found that Kool-aid dyes can be bright and colourful as she spun the wool on a drop spindle and Navajo-plied the yarn to keep the colours pure.

    Dyes and Colour

    Crock Pot Dyeing

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    Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

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    Vintage Floor Loom Weaving 4 Harness, 6 Treadle with Warp

    $650.00
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    Loom Ashford Rigid Heddle

    $450.00
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