Step #1: Prepare your pocket loom.PrevNext
- Carefully cut out the cardstock loom and shuttle card, separating them along the magenta lines.
- Use scissors or an X-Acto knife to cut out the gold diamond holes. It helps to fold the loom lengthwise, cut all the red lines first, then cut all the yellow lines to finish.
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- Tie the strings you just pulled through the loom card to 1 of the sticks, in bundles of 4 to 7. Don’t worry about what type of knot — just make sure it’s secure.
- Secure the stick to a wall, table, doorknob, patient friend (I used my own toes), or anything stationary that can handle a clamp, a nail, or more string binding the stick to it. You’ll be tugging it hard, so it has to remain steady.
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Use a stronger yarn to tie the second stick to your belt loops or around your waist. Now lean back to hold the threads tight. These threads are the warp. The loom card will act as a heddle to raise and lower the warp. You and the materials you have manipulated are now a loom.
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Cut out the shuttle. Wind another, thicker yarn around the shuttle, in a figure-8 pattern, following the green arrows. This is the weft.
Step #9: Weave on your pocket loom.PrevNext
- Pulling back with your body to hold the warp threads taut, pull the loom card upward, so that the half of the warp that’s threaded through the golden diamonds lifts above the other half, which should drop to the bottom of the blue slots. The space between is called the shed. Leaving a length of weft hanging off, pass the shuttle through the shed. Then use a fork or the loom card to pull the weft toward the stick that you’re tied to.
- Continue to hold the warp tight with your body. Reach underneath the loom and pull the loom card downward, so the threads through the golden diamonds dip down below the threads which now rise to the top of the blue slots. Wind more weft yarn off the shuttle, and pass it back through the shed, in the direction from which it came. Again, use the loom to pull the weft toward you and pack it in.
- Repeat— you’re weaving! When you’re done, slip the sticks out, knot the warp threads at the weft edge, and you’ve got your cloth to do as you wish. This length makes a perfect scarf.