So, recently, I decided I would try my hand at weaving. I crochet, and I’ve done at least a little knitting, (enough to form some sort of opinion about it) and I thought weaving might be fun. Don’t ask me why, (though comments are appreciated) but I got it into my head that making a pair of shoes this way would be cool. So, I bought a few balls of some nice twine (my reasoning being that twine was strdy, and thus, a good shoe material), already having a nice chunk of cardboard at home, and began my attempts. I had no real clue about how to begin, but I’d heard of cardboard notch-style looms, and seen a few pictures, so I just jumped right in. After my many failures, here’s a few tips for those who may like to try this type of weaving:
- use a thick, study piece of cardboard (a single layer simply *will not* cut it, and it’ll bend as you try to work with it.) A thin piece of wood with pegs/notches will probably work even better, if you want an even sturdier loom, but I’m cheap, haha so I just took a large piece, folded it in thirds, and taped it tightly shut to keep it flat. True, it was harder to cut notches through multiple layers, but for just a bit of extra work, I had a reliable little loom that I’ll probably use again.
- measure the space between the notches, and make them as close together as possible. The thickness of whatever you’re weaving will play a part in how close/far apart your notches/pegs are, but a good guideline is simply to make them as close as you can manage without bending the cardboard.
- use yarn/thread/twine/embroidery floss/whatever you want to use that is already the thickness you want the cloth to be. A thicker gauge can make a thicker cloth, but it’ll also create a rough, homespun look. Not a bad one, but I’ll admit, the roughness of my little cloth rectangles suprised me a bit.
- pull the yarn/thread/twine/etc as tightly as you can possibly manage. This may be uncomfortable on your fingers, but having to take breaks periodically is much better than having loose, unreliable cloth.
- DO NOT cut the ends of whatever youre weaving off at the ends of the loom. When you loop the thread/yarn/etc, tie a good knot at the end of it, and loop it all the way through the notches, like this:
Doing it this way will help your cloth have tight edges, ones that aren’t as liable to unravel as ones done other ways.
- At this point, you weave through, over-under, however long you want, until you make your cloth the size you want. If you make it shorter than the width of the loops, all you have to do is tighten them throughout the weave, creful not to harm the weave, and cut off the excess at either end.
- Now, it seems like the horizontal threads would be best done like the vertical ones, to make the cloth less likely to unravel on those ends, too, but I couldn’t figure out how to do that, really. So any input on that would be cool, if anyone’s reading. 🙂 I just cut it to the necessary length, leaving a tail on either end of about 2 1/2 inches.
Currently, I have 4 rectangles about the size of the soles of my feet. (2 layers thick makes for a sturdy sole, maybe?) So obviously, my shoes aren’t quite finished. I’ll keep you apprised though. 😀