Make your own hand-weaving loom
Updated: Oct 18, 2020
There are plenty of nice, affordable, beautiful kits for hand-weaving on loos out there, such as this one from Etsy. But there are a few reasons you might be interested in making your own loom. Maybe you just want to get started with a weaving idea you have and don't want to run to a craft store or wait for shipping. Maybe you want to display your weaving on the loom and you want to be able to customize what that loom looks like. Or maybe you have a very specific size and shape in mind for your textile piece.
I'm going to quickly share my process for making a laser-cut loom. I started by making a cardboard prototype and quickly realized that it was tedious to make sure that I was getting the spacing right and the cardboard I was using was a little too flimsy.
I had access to a laser cutter and extra wood for laser cutting available so I decided to try laser cutting my own loom in a few different sizes.
This video shows how I used a few simple tricks in illustrator (the shape-building tool is my favorite!) to quickly build this loom shape. Note: I chose to make a window in my loom, you don't have to do that but I thought that it might make things a little easier if I needed to adjust something on the other side of the piece.
If you don't have access to a laser cutter, you could still print this loom shape out on paper and use it to stencil the shape onto cardboard. But you want to find a sturdy cardboard!
Here are some files you can tinker with:
Printable loom file
Laser cutting loom file
Illustrator file for loom shape
Here's what the final product looked like:
There are so many great resources online for learning different kinds of weaving techniques. You can create many different styles and textures with one type of yarn by using a variety of techniques.