DIY Woven Art is the new book from Rachel Denbow. We love the art of weaving, you can create some stunning wall hangings, rugs and more.
Starting out in this craft is easier than you think, you can even create your own loom. We have taken a tutorial from the book on how to do just this, so you can be weaving in no time at all!
You will be making an Adjustable Frame Loom
Creating your own adjustable frame loom isn’t as hard as it sounds but will require access to a power drill. These instructions will allow you to make one loom that can create at least two different wall-hanging sizes. You can also remove the screws to disassemble your frame for transport or storage when not in use. If you don’t have access to a power drill, you can easily simplify the instructions by hammering nails into the four corners in place of the screws for a fixed frame loom.
- 4 cuts of poplar board
1″ x 2″ x 24″ (2.5x5x61cm)
(actual size is 3⁄4″ x 11⁄4″ x 24″ [2×3.2x61cm])
- power drill 9/64 drill bit
- 8 brass round head slotted machine screws,
#8-32 x 2
- 8 brass standard hex nuts, #8-32
- 52 steel trim nails, 11⁄2″ (3.8 cm)
- medium-grade sandpaper ruler
Making an Adjustable Frame Loom
- Cut 2 of your poplar boards down to 15″ (38 cm) using your ruler, pencil, and
handsaw. Sand down your rough edges as well as the surfaces of each piece of poplar. Place your 2 longer boards parallel to each other and about 15″ (38 cm) apart. Then place your 2 shorter boards parallel to each other and resting on top of the longer boards so that they are flush in each corner and meet at 90-degree angles, creating a rectangle. Make 2 marks diagonal from each other in each corner. Be sure each mark is about 1⁄2″ (1.3 cm) in from each edge so the holes you’ll drill don’t split the board. Pre-drill your holes using a 9/64 drill bit, making sure the edges of the corner are flush with each other. Add your screws and nuts to secure the top two corners (Fig. 1). Continue drilling the rest of the corners and add the rest of your screws.
- To make your loom adjustable, use the bottom 15″ (38 cm) board as your template and move it up as high as you’d like to create another set of holes on the longer boards. I made my second set of holes about 7″ (18 cm) higher, but it’s easily customisable to your specific needs. You can even add a third or fourth set of holes so long as the holes are at least 2″ (5 cm) apart from each other to prevent the boards from splitting. Make sure all of your corner angles are at 90 degrees before marking and drilling (Fig. 2). Insert your screws and add the hex nuts to the back to secure.
- Measure in 11⁄4″ x 1⁄2″ (3.2 x 1.3 cm) from the bot- tom right edge of the top board and then make a mark every 1⁄2″ (1.3 cm) for a total of 26 marks. Repeat with the bottom board. The more consistently even you are with your marks, the better all of your woven wall hangings will look. You can remove your top and bottom boards to hammer your nails, or simply place one of your scraps of wood underneath the raised boards for support (Fig. 3). Carefully hammer your finishing nails into your marks about 1⁄2″ so that they stick out about 1″ (2.5 cm). Watch those fingers as you hammer away!