If you've been spending any time on instagram or facebook in the home decor scene, you'll have noticed that beautiful woven wall hangings have become quite the coveted thing. I've been dying to try one for a while, so this year over the summer break I gave one a whirl. I enjoyed it so much and found it surprisingly easy - so much that I decided to share the love and release a downloadable pdf on how to make your own DIY Woven Wall Hanging. Check it out here! http://www.cleverpoppy.nz/products/diy-woven-wall-hanging-downloadable-pdf-tutorial
As part of this process, I made my own DIY Loom. You can buy them quite easily at craft stores (e.g. Spotlight), but I wanted to keep costs down and make my own. So this blog is all about how to make one like I did, as well as some other inspiring ideas for DIY Looms if you want to try something a bit different.
I simply bought an A4 size photo frame and removed all the glass and boards. Then I used a hand drill to add 15 screws along the bottom and 15 along the top. I've found this frame works well because it's super easy to create, it makes a nice size wall hanging, you can access the back the whole time, and the screws are quite strong so can keep up with a bit of tension.
Another great option which is crazily simple is a wooden board with small nails hammered along the top and bottom. The example below is by Selena from Pretty C reative Style, who has been giving weaving a go at home. This is a great option if you don't have a hand drill to add screws, but potentially the nails won't be quite as sturdy as screws in the long run. A great beginners option! And how gorgeous is Selena's style?! Check out her incredible instagram feed here: https://www.instagram.com/prettycreativestyle/
Lots of people whip up a loom with cardboard they have around home. The image below is from a tutorial by A Beautiful Mess (which is by the way one of my all time fave blogs, you must check it out: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/08/weaving-class-create-a-large-statement-piece.html).
Simply use cardboard as the frame to wrap your warp around. You can make small nicks in the cardboard to hold the threads in place. Try to find a piece of cardboard that is as sturdy and flat as possible, so that it's less likely to bend. This is a great option if you want to use what's at home and keep costs down, plus have flexibility in terms of size each time, but not a long term solution.
That should give you some helpful ideas on how to make a loom without shelling out on anything fancy from a store. Although that is always an option if you get addicted to weaving like I am now!
If you have any questions or want to hear more feel free to get in touch with me - firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear how you go!