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Weaving is one of the oldest methods of fabric production in the world.

The threads are interlaced at right angles to form fabric or cloth. The vertical threads, held in place by the loom, are referred to as the warp; the horizontal threads, the ones being woven, are called the weft, or filling.

Cardboard and comb loom - Pete Birkinshaw, Flickr


A frame loom is the simplest of all the looms used when weaving. It is, in essence, a square or rectangular frame around which you wind the warp vertically, before tying off and beginning your weave.

Loom and Spindle are an Australian shop that designs, makes, and sells a range of timber weaving looms and tools for free-form weaving.

Its looms are light, portable, and easy to assemble. Perfect for beginners who are only just starting to learn.

Below is the miniature weaving loom, measuring 24cm x 24cm in total, with a warping area of 13cm x 16.5cm.

Miniature frame loom


There are four pieces to this loom: two flat sided pieces for the side arms, and two horizontal warping pieces with "teeth" to wind the thread around.



Lay out the pieces on a flat surface. The notches on either end of the warping bars should be facing down, while the ones on the side arms should be facing up.

The warping bars also have a shallow saw cut running along one edge. This cut should be facing outwards.



Lock the warping bars into place. It will be tight in order for the loom to hold its shape during weaving, so apply firm pressure until the joins are pushed all the way through.



After that, your loom is ready for weaving.

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