So, as you’re here, I believe you’ve shown the courage to step into weaving, and that’s all that happens with a loom. Since medieval times, weaving has been in people’s veins to create many crafts, playful patterns, etc. Nowadays, it’s become a frilly combination of traditional and modern crafts.
Well, if you already own a weaving loom, welcome to the crafty world. Or if you wish to have one soon, I’ll answer the curious question of yours, “what can you make with a weaving loom?” and also will share some great ideas as well.
Basically, the chances are abundant to create weaving crafts – you can get any color you like to make anything. Each weaving project can be a new one. In order to that, I’m going to share my favorite weaving crafts that you can create.
Let’s get it going.
Types of Weaving
Before you know what you can do with a weaving loom, you must know some of the most common weave types as fabrics are constructed this way. A weaving happens in several patterns of threads and yarns, and the pattern varies one from another. With a different weave, you can invent a new design and look.
Here are a few types:
The most common and basic type of weaving is plain weave. You can create flat, strong, durable, tight, firm fabrics with the simplest interlacing pattern design of this weave. In this weave, the patterns happen in the interlacing of two threads (yarns) – warp and weft. Every warp thread runs over and under every weft thread, and it goes continuously to create a rigid pattern overall. The advantage is the outcome of the fabric, which is of durable, and good qualities; for example, muslin, organdy, crepe, taffeta, etc.
Note that, both weft and warp yarn should be of the same size while running over each other. And the colors? It’s your call – how you wish to paint.
The second most common weaving that tops the list is basket weave, aka checkerboard pattern – a subsector of the plain weave. It doesn’t stand quite strongly as the plain weave, and doesn’t work in the same way either. More than two weft or warp fibers should follow over-over or under-under instead of following the same path as plain weave. When both yarns measure equal size, the basket weave is complete. Not to forget, it’s challenging to sew.
However, canvas, monk’s cloth, duck cloth, and others are quite impressive examples of this weaving method.
The twill weave shines in diagonal lines, unlike the plain weaves or basket weaves’s straight designs. It acts in a 2:1 ratio, where you’ve to put one weft thread, and two warp threads. In this twill weave, one warp yarn goes over and under more than two weft yarns continuously, or vice versa. The final result comes in a soft, sturdy fabric crafted in diagonal shapes from right to left or left to right.
Interestingly, the fabrics made of till weave are heavier, wrinkle-resistant, and heavy compared to plain weave’s ones. Fabrics such as, wools, bed covers, velvet, table linens, flannel, denim, drill, gabardine etc. are crafted.
What Can You Make With A Weaving Loom?
Looms come in different types and shapes, depends on what you’re planning to weave, like hand looms, back strap looms, rigid heddle looms, frame looms, grounds looms, shuttle looms, etc. You can simply master them by learning their techniques.
Well, whether you’re a professional weaver or new to it, let’s check out some weaving ideas you can make with a loom.
Undoubtedly, the very first weaving project should be a wall hanging – a must-have. It’s apparently a pompous object to showcase your working skills and a nice decorating thing to place in your home.
The wall hanging is easy to make using a tabby pattern, known as a plain weaving pattern. Focus on your choices, the color for yarn – it all depends on you to make a great piece with any type of skill level. This will take quite a time but a sure fun indeed for a beginner to step into weaving life.
The coasters are basically a small mat or tray used in the table to protect the underneath of glass or bottle. They’re pretty easy to make with plain weaves. You can make a perfect gift as well. These become quite strong to loosen up.
You might dream all night long, but yes, it’s possible to make such nice pieces of jewelry via weaving. Try to start your woven jewelry projects as a small one, like a small weave. Otherwise, the bigger the project, the more time it will eat up. These projects are ideal for beginners to grow in the weaving sector.
However, you can surely weave more jewelry as the day passes, and someone will surely look at the necklace, and think, “Damn, I got to wear this one.”
Now, who doesn’t love a stylish bag to carry, and that too made by yourself? This weaving project can be your next project. All you got to do is get the design in your head, and start weaving as you prefer. Make your weaving on the loom, stitch the sides properly to create a bag. Lastly, attach a nice strap to be able to carry it. Cool, right?
Mini Woven Pouches
You won’t have to carry a purse always, or you don’t want to. Meanwhile, a pouch could be handy, and a solid weaving project.
Plus, thinking of a bag to hold your pencils, pen, cell phone, keys, or even a small flower to keep, the mini pouches are a good call. Well, the smaller your project is, the faster you can finish and enjoy a cool output.
It might shock you, but the woven pillow may need a bigger loom to be completed. Even though, you can have your small or big-sized pillow anytime. The woven pillow is a pleasant home décor to watch and relax on it.
Woven Earrings and Keychain
If you’re confident in weaving to the letter, it’s time you should go for something more creative, such as earrings, keychains, bracelets, etc. They’re all like a dream come true as soon as you start weaving. Even, you can think of setting up a jewelry business.
It’s time to call it a day. I’ve just laid out a few ideas to boost your creativity in weaving. I believe now you know what you can make with a weaving loom, but don’t forget – it all comes down to your choices, for instance, colors, sizes, shapes, and most importantly, the loom.
Once you’ve got the hang of weaving, the road of weaving never ends. You can create any woven projects seamlessly.