Mini Weaving

It seems lately everyone is into weaving. This past summer I was shopping with my daughter in law at Joann’s and this mini loom caught my eye.  I actually thought it might be something to do with the grandsons.


The last time I wove anything was on one of those metal looms using loops to make pot holders.  Yeah, I’m showing my age.

I forgot about the loom when I got home then when I was gathering all my scraps for the 4th Quarter challenge I found it under a pile. Ok, let’s see how this works and what all the hoopla is about.  Looks easy enough.

I have a tubful of yarn so that’s where I started. I thought an autumn theme would be nice. The black acrylic/wool combo also has a little silver bling, the pink ball is mohair and the multi colored yarn is thick and thin with a little blue and white thin threads.  I also added some polyester and silk scraps and hand dyed boucle.  The ball of yarn under the string is the alpaca I used to make my Ginkgo leaves a while back.  Not pictured is hand dyed green pencil roving.


They don’t sell the warp so I decided to just use string. Besides I didn’t want to invest in anything if it was something that I wasn’t going to do a lot of.

I didn’t like using the shuttle, so I just used my fingers.  Here it is on the loom:

20161113_144410Here’s a closeup:


The instructions were not helpful so I ended up finding a video online.  I used the alpaca as fringe. I wasn’t following a particular pattern just kind of winging it.

Of course, I had to hide the ends which was a lot more fiddly than I like.  But I like the overall look.  I decided to make it a wall hanging and cut a piece of bamboo to tie it to.  You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s hanging on a light gold wall.  Sorry about the shadow .

20161113_151758It took me a lot longer than anticipated.  But I’m happy with the results.  I may try another to felt.  But I don’t see myself investing any larger looms.  I admire those of you who have the patience to dress a loom and weave away.


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23 Responses to Mini Weaving

  1. Hi, Elizabeth , yes to dress the loom is most work of all. I recognized some wool of yours, I have the same 😉 For playing with it and having quick result, wich children like, it is a nice piece .
    Lovely warm colors and I like the way of hanging.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Viltmaaraan! I guess autumn had an influence. But it is clearly turning to winter here this weekend. I like playing with colors and textures.

  2. Lyn says:

    The colours are lovely Marilyn, the weaving is very neat and I like the hanging device. Although using the string wasn’t intended to be part of the design, it very much is – the white streaks make the colours show to their best.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Lyn! I agree the white does add a nice touch. I was very pleased with the end result. But working with string especially having to tie it off at the top was a bit challenging since it kept unraveling.

  3. If I needed another project (which I don’t) I would like to try this.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks for stopping by Judy good to “see” you here. I’m sure you don’t need any more projects. I don’t think any of us do. 🙂 But sometimes it’s nice to change it up.

  4. It turned out really well. I am with you weaving is not for me. I wish it was because you can do some great things on a loom. I just find every part of it tedious.

  5. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Ann! I was grateful it was a mini loom. 🙂

  6. Marilyn, I think you show great promise in weaving! What you made–even though very small–is quite wonderful in the pattern, colors and clean lines. ( Maybe that’s where I should have started!) Dressing a large floor loom is tedious and frustrating, but the weaving is a delight. You get out of it what you put into it. Something Confucius said?

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Cathy! But I’m not sure there is bigger loom is in my future. I did enjoy putting together the colors and textures and of course being able to use some stuff in my scrap box. I did find the process a bit tedious. I guess I don’t have a lot of patience. :-). But I did get a nice wall hanging so perhaps Confucius is right.

  7. Leonor says:

    You’re right, Marilyn, so many people are into weaving lately! I see a lot of nice works by fellow fibre enthusiasts, and love it when I see some other materials added to the weave, like ribbons or art yarns. Yours looks really nice!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Leonor! You’re right there are so many options with the weaving and people are making wonderful patterns and textures using a lot of different materials.

  8. koffipot says:

    Very nice weaving Marilyn.

  9. Yeah, dressing a loom is tedious but weaving is quicker when you have shafts and pedals. I admire the effort that goes into using those small format looms. Great result!

  10. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks! I’m sure it takes practice and coordination on the bigger ones.

  11. ruthlane says:

    Nicely done Marilyn. That’s about all the weaving I would care to do either. I have enough paths to follow without adding weaving to the mix.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Ruth! You certainly do. I don’t know how you manage it all. There are so many things I want to learn there never seems to be enough time to do it all.

  12. Teri Berry says:

    Traditional weaving techniques have yet to grab my attention, if I do any it will be with handfuls of roving woven together before being felted but your piece will be a great inspiration for your grandsons and a great way to use up those scraps of yarn we all have from the ends of projects!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Teri! I love the idea of using up those scraps and the yarn I have laying around. I wouldn’t have tackled anything larger, but was curious to try. Next time it will definitely be a felting project. 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Have a look at pencil roving waste at WoW, Teri, like pencil thin strands of wool tops which don’t fall apart!

  13. zedster66 says:

    That turned out really nicely, Marilyn 🙂 Did you add the bottom tassels before you started weaving?

  14. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Zed! Yes, the tassels were the first to go on.

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