DIY Weaving Loom Basics | Hobby Lobby®

DIY Weaving Loom Basics | Hobby Lobby®


Hi, I’m Tara at the Hobby Lobby Creative
Studio. Today, we’re going to talk about tackling
the weaving trend. It’s easier than you might think, and we
carry lots of easy-to-use kits that’ll help you get started. First, I’ll show you how to use the looms,
and then I’ll walk you through a few basic weaving techniques. We carry looms in lots of different sizes,
so it might help to plan your project ahead of time so you know which loom you’ll need. Then, once you learn the basics, feel free
to create your own pattern and experiment with different yarns. The possibilities are endless! Let’s start by setting up your loom. The first thing you’ll want to do is create
the warp, which is a term that refers to the vertical strands of yarn that you’ll be
weaving onto. Tie one end of your yarn to the left side
of the loom. Then guide your yarn up and down through the
notches, filling the weaving area with vertical strands. Finish by knotting off your yarn at the other
end. I’m placing a ruler at the bottom of my
loom. This will give the weaving a sturdy base,
and it’ll act as a spacer so I have room to tie off the ends when I’m done. Now that your loom is warped, you’re ready
to start weaving. First, let’s look at the basic weaving technique
with a one-to-one ratio. A one-to-one ratio means you’re going to
work the needle across the loom going behind one warp thread and in front of one. This gives your weaving a nice, even look. Once you reach the end of a row, arch your
yarn like this, to keep your rows from getting too tight. Then push the yarn down using a loom comb
from our weaving kits. Now you’re ready to start weaving back the
other way. You’ll keep weaving back and forth like
this until you want to change yarns or techniques. If you want a different look, try guiding
the needle over two warp threads and under two warp threads—this is a two-to-two ratio. Or for a three-to-one ratio, guide the needle
over three threads and under one. Another way to change up the look of your
weaving is to experiment with different types of yarn. These were both made using a one-to-one ratio,
but the results are totally different. Now let’s talk about another key weaving
technique: rya knots. They’re easy to make, and they help break
up large sections of weaving. To make a rya knot, start by cutting your
yarn into even strips. Then place two or more strips of yarn over
two warp threads. Pull the tails around the back of the warp
threads and through the space between them, like this. Then just tighten the knot and pull down. Once you’ve made several rya knots, you
can trim them into fun designs or just leave them long. When you’re all finished weaving, you’re
ready to take your work off the loom. Start by removing your ruler. Then, undo two warp loops, and tie them together. You’ll repeat this all the way across the
bottom. At the top of your weaving, just insert a
dowel rod through the warp loops, and tie an extra piece of yarn to that dowel rod for
hanging. And you’re all done! But don’t stop there. Check out our website for more weaving inspiration,
and let us know what you create! Thanks for joining us, and happy weaving!