Miniature Weaving {Craft Camp}

    Posted by  ·  June 6, 2011

    I am excited to be offering 30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers! Please be sure to pay them a visit!

    Ellen, from The Long Thread, writes…….

    Hi! I’m Ellen Luckett Baker from The Long Thread, where I write about sewing, crafting and DIY inspiration. I’ve also written a new book called 1,2,3 Sew, published by Chronicle Books and available now! Thanks to Cindy for asking me to contribute to Craft Camp again this year.

    Miniature Weaving

    Today I wanted to show you how to shrink a weaving! Using a traditional weaving technique on a miniature scale, you can make tiny little weavings perfect for jewelry projects. This is a great activity for older kids or teenagers with good fine motor skills. An adult will likely need to help with the last few steps. Once you’ve made a few of these, you can try experimenting with different colors and designs.

    Supplies Needed for Weaving

    -chipboard (thin cardboard)
    -scissors
    -ruler
    -embroidery floss in the colors of your choice
    -tape
    -embroidery needle
    -iron
    -small piece of felt for backing
    -glue gun
    -necklace with jump ring

    How to weave

    1. To make your mini-loom, cut the chipboard to 2″ x 1 1/2″.
    2. To hold the warp strings in place as you weave, you will need to make cuts at either long end of the chipboard. Measure and mark
    lines 1/8″ apart and snip about 1/8″ cuts along your marks. Run the embroidery floss through the slits as shown in fig. 2 and secure it in place in the back with a piece of tape.
    3. With the embroidery needle and floss, begin weaving over and under the warp strings.
    4. Continue weaving until you have finished several rows. When you want to change colors, simply tie a knot at a side and these knots can be tucked to the back later.
    5. Once you have filled about 2/3 of the mini-loom, you will be finished. Cut the strings in the center back and carefully remove the weaving from the chipboard. Secure the ends by tying every two strands together (there will be an odd number, so you can finish by tying three strands together).
    6. With a hot iron, press the knots to the under side of the weaving. Cut a small piece of felt just the size of the weaving and attach it with hot glue.
    7. Open the jump ring and insert it through the weaving and felt, then add it to the necklace chain.

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    Comments

    1. Cristina carvalho
      Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
      Adorei seus trabalhos. Beatriz que em português lindo
    2. Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
      To avoid getting infection from wearing earrings, it is best
      too change earrings from time to time. It is thought that ear piercing for this purpose
      is likely the first boddy piercing. it is not necessary to
      buy the jewelry made up of expesive materials like,diamond,
      gold, pearls etc.
    3. Ilona
      Monday, June 24th, 2013
      My 8-yo son is making a bookmark for his grandmother's birthday (tomorrow) as we speak. Thanks for making it visual for him (because he wants to do it himself, of course!).
    4. Ashlee
      Monday, March 25th, 2013
      My 4 year old loves watching mommy sew but even more she wants to do the sewing for mommy. I have been trying to find a sewing project for a 4 year old and have come up with nothing until I stumbled across this! This is perfect!Thank you so much for posting it.
      • Monday, March 25th, 2013
        I have an entire sewing series for beginning sewing projects going on check it out here: http://www.skiptomylou.dev/2013/03/05/sewing-activities-for-kids/
    5. Marcia Clark
      Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
      I love weaving and I am an adult who will try this! I may try weaving in seed or e beads! Thankyou for showing and telling how you made this!
    6. Francie Longstaff
      Friday, March 2nd, 2012
      Love this idea and so will my Grandchildren!!
    7. Thursday, June 9th, 2011
      This is soooo cute! I can't wait to try this with my granddaughters. Thanks a bunch.
    8. Thursday, June 9th, 2011
      Thanks so much for this !! Just blogged it :
      http://bohemia.over-blog.com/article-mini-tissage-pour-enfant-75982241.html

      have a nice day
      hugs from Paris
    9. Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
      Oh we SO have to make these!! I know some aunties who will love getting one of these in the mail....thanks!
    10. Suzanne
      Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
      This is beyond adorable.
    11. Monday, June 6th, 2011
      I am always looking for practical ideas to do with the kids--this one is a keeper!
    12. Julia
      Monday, June 6th, 2011
      Really Cute! Great idea for little hands.
    13. Monday, June 6th, 2011
      I've been meaning to comment for the last few days! Thank you soooo much for writing these great little tutorials for summer kids projects! We love them and the kids are looking forward to trying some! Heck, they look forward to seeing what you will write about each day! These are great for mommy's Camp Cathy!