I recently wrote a weaving tutorial for La Petit Epicerie using their great craft supplies. Please see below how to!
What you will need:
Wooden box frame, various shades and thicknesses of wool, doweling, string, scissors, a hand saw, weaving comb (optional), tape measure, pencil and a wool needle.
First you will need to make your loom. Using the tape measure mark where your notches for your loom will be. Leaving 1cm in-between each one. Take the saw and carefully saw on each measurement about 5 mm down. Be careful not to snap the wood when doing this.
Using the string, tie a knot at the end of the string and slot it in-between the first notch. Making sure its tight start to warp up your loom. To do this you will need to feed the string up and down looping around the notches on either end. Make sure your tension is tight as this will be the base of your weave.
Cut a piece of wool about an arms length, tie a single knot on your first warp thread. On the second thread, wrap the wool over the top and twist under the warp thread. See close up in pic. Do this knot twice on each warp thread until you reach the end.
To create tassels for your weave, cut your wool to roughly 20cm long. You will need to cut quite a few of these. Taking 3-6 strands of wool (depending not the thickness of your wool) lay the strands over the top of two warp threads. Twist the threads under the warp and pull down. Carry along the length of the loom.
To start weaving, take the wool and thread your embroidery needle. To weave you will need to take the wool up and over all the way along the warp threads. Make sure you weave the opposite on the way back, see picture for close up.
Once you are happy with your weave its now time to take off the loom. To do this you will need to cut the top warp threads but leaving the bottom warp threads (under the tassels) as they are. This will just lift off the loom. Tie the top warp threads and tie around a piece of doweling all ready to hang.