Instructions for Weaving on a Mini Loom

By Jackie Castle ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Yarn, several colors
  • Shuttle
  • Beater
  • Weaving needle

The mini-loom might seem small, but the amount of creative pieces you can make from it are huge, from bookmarks to small purses, cell phone holders, coasters and cozies. You can either purchase a plastic mini-loom at a store or make one at home using heavy cardboard.

Warp the loom, which means winding the yarn from one end to the other, securing it around the teeth. Tie the beginning yarn end to a hold in the loom's side. When finished, tie the other yarn end to the opposite side. Warp the yarn to the desired width of your project.

Wind the shuttle, which is the tool that holds the weft, the yarn that you weave through the warp. Tie the end of the weft through the center hole provided on most shuttles. Wind yarn end to end in a figure 8 along the length of the shuttle. You are now ready to weave.

Interlace the yarn on the wefting shuttle with the yarn wound around the loom. The weft needs to be woven up and down across each strand, then pressed into place with a beater, a comb-like tool used to tighten the weave. Start by securing the yarn end with your thumb and forefinger, pulling the weft through and then pressing the strand into place with the beater. Come back in the opposite direction with the shuttle, weaving through the opposite threads. If, in the first pass, you went under a strand, this time go over that strand. With each pass, use the beater to press the weft into place.

Cut off both of the tied warps when finished and weave them into the piece using a weaving needle. If you notice any skipped strands, fix them using the weaving needle. Weave yarn in correctly where the error occurred.

Secure the weft to prevent unraveling. One way is to tie a few warp strands into a knot and let the rest fringe. If you want a fancier edge, divide the strands again and add knots in between the first row.

Tip

To switch yarn color, weave one colored strand through weft, stopping a little past halfway. Then lay the new color right over the first strand and continue weaving.

About the Author

Jackie Castle has been writing stories and devotions since 1998 and has contributed to the Focus on the Family magazine. Castle holds a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She also holds a teaching certification.