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Embroidery Hoop Weaving Loom

This is an inventive and inexpensive way to make a beautiful weaving loom, using an embroidery hoop as a multipurpose tool!  We had a young visitor who was very keen to learn to weave.  We couldn’t find a loom locally, and didn’t have time to build one…this led to some creative brainstorming on different ways you could make a loom. Something new and different, that could travel well, not catch on things, be used by a beginner with ease, and be simple to build.

Embroidery hoops can be purchased in most fabric and department stores, and often found in thrift shops. This one cost only a dollar.  The embroidery hoop weaving loom is nice to hold onto, and gives room for little hands to easily work their threads in and out…in and out…seeing both the front and the back of their work as they go…

An 8 to 10 inch (20cm to 25cm) embroidery hoop works well.  Start by stretching an elastic band over the inner hoop.  This will provide some grip to hold the threads in place while warping the loom.

Tie on your warp thread. We used crochet cotton.

Wrap your warp yarn around the middle third of the hoop.

End your wrapping at the same end as you started, giving an even number of warp threads. Tie warp thread off at the top of the loom.

Make a foundation row by tying a yarn onto the side of the loom, and then wrapping around each warp thread to bring the front and back warp threads together, and to space them evenly. Tie the end of the yarn to the other side of the loom.  Repeat on the other end.  This foundation row really helps beginning weavers.

Ready to weave!

Plant dyed, rainbow colors on bulky yarns are fun for weaving. Children love to watch the colors change as they weave, and the results are always beautiful! The colors give them a good focus…to weave until they finish one color, or to weave one rainbow range in a sitting…although often no encouragement is needed to weave more!

You can cut the weaving out of the loom and knot off the ends, or leave it in and display as a wallhanging.

You can read more weaving tips and ideas in the Living Crafts Spring 2009 issue, and check out the free Treasure Purse instructions in the Living Crafts Craft Room.  We hope your children will enjoy these projects- as much as our enthusiastic weaver does!

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Sep 13, 2011 04:08 AM | 15 Comments

15 Responses to “Embroidery Hoop Weaving Loom”

  1. Jenny Tavernier says:

    Embroidery Hoops are VERY versatile! I made a knitting loom out of one, with cotter pins and gorilla glue- andwiched in between the hopps. It lasted me quite awhile! , until I could get realer looms! LOL! But it’s a great thing for weaving, and for constructing free Fibre art pics – Glad to see this article!

  2. Laurel says:

    Brilliant! I would love to see more of these types of articles. Thank you!

  3. LaVonne says:

    And on a larger scale, you can do the same type of thing with a hoola hoop and use loops made of cut-up t-shirts to make a rug. Just search “hoola hoop rug”. Very fun!

  4. Heidi says:

    Thank you for this article today! I was facing a sick day with the kiddos, and this kept my five year old quite happy. I blogged it here…

  5. Angie says:

    i love embroidery hoops for weaving! I did one last year with my students, but we warped in a spider web and wove spirals. It was a little advanced for third grade, but certainly worth it in 4th. I bet the straight warping would be tons more satisfying. You can also make looms out of picture frames.

  6. Pamela C Perkins says:

    Perfect timing: I wanted a simple craft project to do with my granddaughters 4 and 6 this weekend… both have done a lot of handwork and art activities with me. Much easier than one of those ‘potholder’ looms! Thank you!

  7. Kim Goodling says:

    Oh, now I am starting to look around for more loom possibilities!

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