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You will need: • A thick piece of card • Lots of yarn • A darning needle, scissors and a dining fork


2. To “dress” your loom, wrap a long piece of yarn around the notches on the card. This will become your warp.


By weaving this way you will be creating a plain weave cloth and will have a uniform look to it. However, by weaving different thicknesses of yarn, ribbon and thin strips of fabric, you will create a more exciting and textured piece of cloth.


Instructions: 1. First, cut notches evenly at each end of your piece of card to make your loom.


3. Next, thread a piece of yarn onto the darning needle. Your needle will become the shuttle. Use the shuttle to weave under and over the warp threads until you reach the ends. This thread will be the weft.


4. Turn the shuttle and continue to weave over and under the alternate warp threads. Pat your weave down with the fork to keep it even. Every time you want to change colour just thread a new piece of yarn onto your shuttle and continue weaving – it’s as simple as that!


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Tips: • Don’t pull the weft too tightly when you get to the end of the warp or your cloth will shrink at each side; and • Use your needle to weave in the loose ends of thread once you have removed the cloth from the loom.


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