Learn to make your very own cardboard loom, and use it to make a DIY Woven Tassel Keychain!
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Step By Step
- Darn Good Yarn Darn Good Twist Sport Weight Silk
- Tapestry Needle, Size 16
- Keychain Hook with 1" Bar
Step 2: Make A Simple Cardboard Loom
Cut a sturdy piece of cardboard into a rectangle measuring 3”x 5”. Cut 8 notches along the top and bottom approximately ⅛” apart. Top and bottom notches should align, use a ruler to make straight notches that line up.
Step 3: Warp The Loom + Prepare Needles
Tie a knot at the end of the yarn. Slip the yarn into the first slit of the loom (bottom left corner). Pull yarn up to the top of the loom, slip yarn into top left slit and around the back of the first notch, then bring the yarn down the front of the loom to the next bottom notch and repeat, ending at the bottom right corner. The warp strands go around the notches and stay on the front of the loom (they don’t go down the back of the loom). Tie a knot at the end of the yarn and trim
Prepare the Needle: Measure 8 feet of yarn. Thread the needle and double the yarn so that the needle is in the middle of the length of yarn.
Step 4 - Begin To Weave
Start at the top right corner of your loom. Tie the ends of the yarn around the first warp strand on the right leaving a 3” tail (you will sew over this tail to hide it when you attach the weaving to the keychain hook). Weave the needle under and over until you reach the last warp strand on the left. Then switch directions and repeat. Continue until you have woven about 2” and have about 6” of yarn left.
Step 5: Prepare Tassels
Cut 16 equal lengths of yarn. You can do this easily by wrapping the yarn around the loom lengthwise 16 times. Cut the yarn along one end of the loom.
Step 6: Make RYA Knots
Place two strands of yarn over two warp strands. Wrap each end under the warp strands towards the middle. So the left side strand goes over and under the left warp strand and up the middle and the right side goes over the right warp strand, under it and up through the middle. Gently pull the yarn ends up and tighten the loop that forms. Repeat across the warp strands. Weave 2 rows of plain weave stitches under the tassels. Then repeat a second row of tassels. Weave 2 and a half more rows of plain weave, ending in the middle of the warp strands so that the yarn ends up in the back of the weaving.
Step 7: Remove Weaving
Lift tassels up so they are out of the way. Cut first two warp strands on left side and tie in a double knot repeat with remaining strands. Slip loops off top of the loom, taking care to leave the loops in tact.
Step 8: Attach Hook
Thread about 18 inches of yarn onto needle. Whip stitch the warp loops onto the keychain. Sew over the tail from the start of the weaving: Place the tail ends along the top of the weaving and below the key chain bar. Stitch over the tail pieces to cover, protect and conceal the tail ends.