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How do you use a weaving loom?

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To use a weaving loom, first warp the loom and then weave by pulling the weft yarn through the gap between the bottom and top of the warp using a shed stick. Continue this process until you weave the whole fabric.

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How do you use a weaving loom?
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To warp the loom, double knot the yarn on the front cross-piece, and pull the yarn tightly across the frame's length and under the far cross-piece. Then, take the yarn over the far cross-piece, bringing it under the front cross-piece to form eight-like figures. Repeat the process to form several figure eights. To finish warping, double knot yarn's end on the far cross-piece.

To weave, position the loom sideways, insert a chopstick through the gap next to the center point of the eight-like figures and pull it towards the frame's bottom to create an opening in front of the stick, which is called a shed. Next, take a weft yarn via the shed, leaving a yarn tail. Push a shed stick or ruler above this yarn while keeping the lower threads of the warp under it and the upper ones over it. Position the shed stick sideways, and run the weft yarn through the created gap.

Next, pull the stick out, and push the weft yarn towards the front cross-piece. Insert the shed stick above the weft yarn, and repeat the weaving process. Continue until you finish weaving the entire fabric. To finish weaving, cut the warp at the cross-pieces, and knot the bottom yarns to the top.

To make a potholder, gather a loom, crochet hook and craft loops. These are available as a set from Made by Me and other companies. Decide on a pattern first and lay out your loops by color. Begin by attaching a craft loop on one corner of the loom and stretching it across to the prong across from it. Repeat this all the way up the loom according to your desired pattern.

Turn the loom 90 degrees. Weave the crochet hook between the craft loops hook-side first in an over-then-under pattern. After weaving the hook all the way through, attach one end of a new craft loop to the hook. Pull your hook all the way through the previously attached loops, being sure to attach the free end of your new loop to the prong where you started. Now attach the hook end of your loop to the prong where you ended. Repeat this process until you have all new loops woven through the original layer.

To finish the potholder, create a crocheted edge all around it. Follow the photo prompts for the potholder on CraftProjectIdeas.com. The process is much the same for the other craft projects on the website and each has easy-to-follow prompts to guide you.

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