- Loop 'N Loom
The Alex Loop 'N Loom is a square metal loom that comes with a hook and fabric loops. The loom is designed to be used by children ages 5 and up. Children can make woven squares, which then may be woven or sewn together to make belts, headbands and other objects. The Alex Loop 'N Loom introduces children to the concept of weaving and to the use of textiles.
Place materials on a working surface with loom squarely in front of you. You will be placing loops vertically and then weaving them horizontally.
Place loops on the loom by hooking them on prongs, one end of the loop and then the other, on the top prong and then the bottom prong. Check that no loops cross each other. It is easier to weave if you alternate two colors: one red, one blue, one red, one blue, for example.
Pick up the hook in your dominant hand. Starting at the top of the loom, direct the hook over one loop, under one, over one, under one until the hook reaches the other side. Place one end of another loop on the hook. Begin to slowly pull the loop back to the point where the hook started. As the opposite end of the loop approaches the loom, hook it over the first prong on the side. When loop is completely woven across, remove the leading end from the hook and place it over the first prong, opposite side.
Weave the hook through the loops again, this time using the reciprocal pattern: under the first loop, over the second, under the third and so on. When hook reaches the other side of the loom, hook a loop on and pull back through slowly. This time, hook the loop on the second prong when it approaches the loom and on the second prong on the opposite side. Continue in this manner, alternating over and under on each row until each prong is filled.
When all prongs on the loom are filled, you have a woven square. To remove the square from the loom lift a loop from a prong and insert the hook through it. Use the hook to lift an adjacent loop, pulling it through the first loop. Keeping the second loop on the hook, lift the next loop and pull it through. The third loop is now on the hook. Hook the fourth loop and pull it through the third loop. Continue in this manner around the loom until the last loop has been pulled through. The last loop now forms the hanging loop to hang your woven square. Knot it for a more secure hold.
Weavers add variety and texture by alternating weaving patterns and changing colors.
Many people remember these squares being used as potholders. However, the loops must be made of cotton to tolerate heat. The synthetic loops included in the kit will melt with cooking temperatures. Cotton and synthetic refill loops are available from various manufacturers. Check labels for fiber content. Adult supervision is a good idea to avoid misuse of the hook and the pronged loom. Do not allow children to hit or poke each other with these tools.