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Weaving With Little Handmade Looms
Weaving Your Own Mini Looms & Weave 25 Exquisite Projects
BY Harumi Kageyama

Search Press
1 March 2019/ ISBN 9781782216902
How-To Books / Papercraft

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


When I was a child I made a loom out of an old picture frame, and wove an Alice band on it. This innovative book shows how you can weave all kinds of small items on looms made from boxes, cardboard tubes, wooden boards, twigs or just card.

Anybody who regularly reads my reviews will know I am always looking for new ways of recycling things, and here is a good one. Weave outside using yarn and twigs, cut out card circles, roll up card or hammer nails into wooden boxes or (like me) old frames. With a table fork for a beater, crochet hook and tapestry needle, hammer and nails you will probably be able to make any of the looms, all of which are so simple to make that instructions are kept to a minimum. There are plenty of clear photographic steps to stringing the looms, weaving and finishing off, and of course projects. Cover buttons, weave mats, create jewelry, wall hangings, napkin rings, wallets, bunting and more (no Alice bands). My favorites have to be the tote bag and matching clutch purse, showing that you can do a lot with a little. The threads used include all kinds of yarns but also ribbons, strips of suede and even chenilles (pipe cleaners). The projects have clear diagrams and instructions; if you are new to this sort of thing I advise starting with the simpler looms and items first. Recycling has never been so much fun!

If you cannot find a good range of yarns locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019