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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)
-embroidery floss in the colors of your choice
-small piece of felt for backing
-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.