I've been at the Holiday Market at Grove Center in Oak Ridge this weekend. Friday, Saturday and tomorrow, Sunday, 12/2, 3 and 4. So far, I'm having a great show. my best so far. I've seen several friends, met some really great people, and have reunited with my friend Linda for the show. She's been away for about a month.
Yesterday and today, I gave a workshop on how to weave using the potholder loom. In preparation for the workshops, I finally prepared my handouts for weaving with loopers and with yarn. Here they are:
Materials you will need:
A potholder loom
A weaving hook
18 to 36 loopers, depending on the size of your loopers
A Crochet hook is optional
2. The number of loopers you will need to weave a potholder depends on the thickness of the looper. There is more than 1 kind of looper available: nylon, jersey, wool, and cotton. The nylon and jersey loopers are very thin and make a thin potholder. The wool loopers are thicker, but coarse. The cotton loopers are thick and soft. They make a thick potholder and are easier to weave.
3. Choose a pattern or color scheme. Take a look at the loops you have in your supply and determine if you will use them in a particular pattern or simply adopt a random approach to the design of your potholder.
4. Set up the loom for weaving.
a. String the loops in one direction onto your loom. You will need to decide first how many loops to put on your loom. If your loopers are thick, you will have a difficult time finishing the potholder if you fill up all of the pegs. I recommend that you start with 1 loop on every other peg or 9 loops per side.
b. Start by attaching a loop to a peg on one end and stretch a loop all the way across the loom to the peg directly across from the peg you started on.
c. Continue this process until two of the four edges of the loom have loops stretched between them, all the way across.
5. Start weaving.
a. Hold the loom facing you with the loops you just put on it stretched vertically.
b. Start at the upper right corner of the loom, holding the weaving hook at the right, thread it through the loops though to the left side of the loom, as shown in the picture: over 1 loop, under 1 loom, all the way across to the other side.
c. Once you reach the other end with the hook, take one of the loopers and hook onto it with the end of the hook.
d. Then pull the hook back, while pulling the looper with it, through the stretched across loops. Make sure that the end of the loop you’re not pulling gets hooked onto the peg.
e. Once you’ve made it to the other side with the loop, put that end around the peg that is directly across from the peg you put the onther end on. (In the picture, look at the first red loop for an example)
f. Now, thread the hook back through the stretched out loops, but this time go over where you went under before and under where you went over before.pick up a loop, hook it to the end of the hook and pull it through, keeping in mind to hook the other end of the loop to the peg.
g. Again once you’ve made it to the other side with the loop,m stretch the end around the peg. (In the picture, this would have been the top 2 loops going from right to left. The first one was Red and the next one was grey.)
h. Continue doing the same 2 steps until you have filled the loom.
6. Finish the edges.
a. Start in one corner of the loom and use a crochet hook to go through the corner loop and grab the second loop which you will pull through. Pull the third loop through the second loop and the fourth loop through the third loop. Continue this process all the way around the potholder until you reach the final loop. This loop will remain as a loop for hanging your loom loop potholder.
How to Weave with Yarn on a Potholder Loom
Materials you will need:
A potholder loom
1 or more skeins or balls of yarn, depending on the size of the yarn
A weaving hook
A long, large eyed needle
Crochet Hook, Optional
1. To weave with yarn on the potholder loom, you need to first decide how “lacy” or open you want your weave to be. That will help you to know how many threads you will need to use together as you weave. Yarns come in different sizes. Some are very thin, others very thick. The thinner the yarn, the more threads you would need to use to get a square with no holes. To get a woven square with no holes, using regular 4 ply knitting yarn, you need to use 2 threads together. .
2. Once you have your thread ready, holding your loom vertically, tie the 2 ends of your yarn around the peg at the top left corner of your loom. Holding the threads together as one, pull them across to the right side of the loom and wrap them around the peg the is exactly opposite the peg you used at the left. Then, pull your threads back over to the left and wrap them around the outside of the 2nd peg.
3. Continue going left to right, right to left, wrapping the yarns around the outside of each peg until you have all of the pegs wrapped with yarn.
4. Now, using the weaving hook, go over 4 threads and under 4 threads from the left side of the loom to the right.
6. Run your hook back through the threads, this time 4 over and 4 under from the left to the right, hook another loop of the free yarn, and pull it back to the left through the loom.
9. To make a little cell phone or glasses bag, fold your finished square in half. Stitch up the small bottom and up the open side to make a vertical rectangle. Then take the yarn you used to make the square, measure out the length you want the strap to be from one end to the other. Now, triple that measurement to get enough yarn to take into account the twisting you will be doing. Once you’ve measured out the length you want for your strap tripled, measure out 3 more lengths to give you 4 threads the entire length of your strap.
10. Now, either get a friend to hold one end of the strap or tie one end to a door handle. Stretch out the length of the yarn and start twisting the yarn, until it starts to twist up onto itself. (If you got a friend to help, each of you should twist in different directions.
12. With a separate short length of yarn, tie the loose end either close to the ends or further up, if you want to include a piece of fringe at one side of the little bag.
13. Then sew both ends of the strap to the top of the little bag,, and you have made your own very cute little bag.