Did you enjoy the interview by Sarah last week? Well, I hope that it gave some of you the motivation to start weaving! In that regard, today’s post is about making a loom from an old canvas! I wanted to post earlier than today, but I am travelling to France to see my brand new niece! She is adorable, well worth a trip to France. As a consequence, the place I am writing this post from is a little bit of a walk in the past as I am in the café (“café Central” or “chez l’George” for the locals), where I used to study for my high school degree about 16 years ago (really? 16 years? Yep, I am that old).
Anyways, back to present times. I didn’t really have a loom when I first started weaving, so I looked online for DIYs showing me how to make my own. I found plenty of DIY posts on the topic, but some require a lot of skills, quite a few tools and raw materials. I was then looking for a cost and tool effective solution, possibly upcycled.
My first loom was made with an old wooden frame and nails. It worked wonders but I knew I could improve it. The frame was probably not wide enough, and after a couple of uses, it cracked. I saved it from totally breaking with an aesthetic, but short-term solution: washi tape. Then I found that nails were a bit too narrow making the loom wrap was bit too tight for my tastes. So today I present you with an alternative: canvas (wider wood frame) and glazing brads (just like nails, but wider!). Now you are probably thinking: what are these glazing brads thingy? Well, I didn’t know either; just found them in my neighbourhood hardware store. But hey! I looked it up on the wild wild web. Grazing brads are used to hold a glass window onto a wood frame, but I found that they actually provide a sturdier and wider alternative to nails to make the loom notches. As you can probably see on the pictures, my canvas (20 cm x 20 cm) are second hand, and I bought a couple of them for 1.50 £ at my nearest charity shop. The total cost for 2 looms: 3.80 £, cannot get better than that.
So let’s start!
Step 1: I removed the inside part of the canvas with a box cutter. Careful with your fingers!
Step 2: I marked where I would put the glazing brads on both sides of the canvas, about 8 mm from the inside border of the loom, and spaced by 8 mm (retrospectively, I wish I had done 1 cm- 1.2 cm, so feel free).
Step 3: Well, that’s the time where you take you hammer, put the glazing brads in place, and release all that frustration if you have any! I dag the brads about half their height. That’s where I mention how bad I am at using a hammer, and you probably saw it: None of my brads are straight in… Do you know anyone that would give me a course? In any case, the loom is operational and I am pretty happy with it.
Step 4: Admire your work and start wrapping your loom!
If you haven’t tried to weave before, I put together a tutorial for my classes (pdf here). It is in English, and I will translate it into French eventually, promise.
I hope this DIY was helpful. As usual, leave comments, remarks, and questions if you have any on the DIY or the weaving tutorial.
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Happy Wednesday everyone, and see you soon for the weaving marathon end, with some giveaways!