Studio: Fibers weaving

Wacky Paper Weaving

Step 1: Gather supplies. Pencil, ruler, scissors, craft scissors, 9"x12" colored paper, 1"x 9" colored paper strips.

Step 2: Fold 9x12 paper in half. Using the width of the ruler, draw a horizontal line across the unfolded side of the paper (if the paper were a taco, you would fill it here!). Now, draw vertical lines from the fold of the paper up to the horizontal line. Again, use the width of the ruler as your spacing guide.

Step 3: Write your name and class on the horizontal line.

Step 4: Cut along the vertical lines.

Step 5: Open the paper and begin weaving 1x9 strips through the paper loom in an under-over pattern.

Step 6: Weave your second strip through the loom opposite the first strip (over-under this time). Repeat steps 5 & 6 until you reach the end of the loom.

Step 7: Cut some of the 1x9 strips in half horizontally to create some wacky lines.

Step 8: Let the original strips guide you as you weave the wacky edged pieces . Feel free to change up the width, color, and texture of the wacky strips!

Warm/Cool Paper Weaving

Step 1: Gather painting supplies. Watercolors, paintbrush, water cup, paper towel, two sheets of white 9x12" paper.

Step 2: Put your name and class on the back of both papers. Paint one paper using warm colors (red, orange, yellow) and the other using cool colors (blue, purple, green). Place the painted papers on the drying rack.

Step 3: Once the painted papers are dry, grab a pencil, ruler, and scissors. Flip the painted papers over. On the back of one paper, draw vertical lines from top to bottom using the width of the ruler to create equal spacing.

Step 4: Fold the second paper in half so that you only see the white side of the paper. Then, follow step 2 under Wacky Paper Weaving.

Step 5: Cut along all vertical pencil lines to create strips and a loom for weaving.

Step 6: Weave the cut strips through the paper loom in an over-under patter. Each strip should be opposite the one before it. Continue this process until you reach the other end of the loom.

Step 7: Lift the end of each strip and apply one dot of glue to adhere the strip to the loom.

Step 8: Allow the glue to dry and then trim the excess paper off the edges of the loom.

Pattern Yarn Weaving

Step 1: Gather supplies. Cardboard loom, masking tape, white paper, pencil, scissors, warp thread, and your choice of yarn colors.

Step 2: Using the ruler, pencil and white paper, create a pattern using basic geometric shapes. Tape the paper to the loom.

Step 4: Wrap the warp thread all the way around your loom making sure you put thread between each slot in the loom. Tape the loose ends of thread to the back of the loom and write your name on the tape.

Step 5: Wrap your first color of yarn around your hand 6 or 7 times and cut it from the spool. Tie one end of the yarn to the first warp thread on the loom.

Note how I did not weave the last warp thread on the final pass so that the weaving would follow the pattern I drew.

Step 6: Begin weaving using basic tabby weaving techniques but keep the yarn loose. When you hit a line in your pattern, drop a warp thread by simply not weaving the the next warp thread and reversing the weaving sooner. Continue this until you have woven everything you wish to be the first color of yarn.

Keeping the yarn loose allows you to move it around while you are trying pass over or under the shared warp thread.

Step 7: Select your next color of yarn and tie a loose end to the warp thread where you would like to start the second color.

Step 8: Weave until you hit run into the first color and then reverse the weaving. Your first and second color should share a warp thread so that there is not a hole in the weaving. Continue in this fashion until all of your second color is complete.

Step 9: When the weaving is complete, compress the yarn by pushing the bottom of the weaving up towards the top. This will eliminate any gaps remaining in the weaving.

Step 10: Flip your loom over and cut all of the warp threads.

Step 11: Pull the warp threads out of the loom slots two at a time and tie them together. When you get to the end, you may have to tie three strands together; simply hold two in one hand as if they were a single strand. Repeat this process on the other end of the weaving.

Step 12: Trim the excess warp thread and flip your weaving over to reveal your finished piece!

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