Card Board Loom Weaving

January 27, 2017 , In: Fiber, Tutorials

Weaving is one of the oldest art forms known. Myself, I love tapestry weaving and Navajo-style loom weaving using my own dyed and spun fibers. I first tried my hand at this way back in the 70’s first using a picture frame as a loom then building a traditional Navajo loom to weave a small wall hanging. Two things I discovered with that loom-it’s very hard to weave in the traditional kneeling position for long periods of time and not speak while weaving. I just talk to much and silence wasn’t working for me. I’ve been doing some small tapestry weaving lately and want to share with you an easy project that doesn’t require anything but a piece of sturdy cardboard, warp thread, weft yarn a tapestry needle and a fork.

Decide on the shape of your project and cut the cardboard to that shape. Next cut the top and bottom of the cardboard at 1/4″ increments and 3/8″ deep. The warp thread should be cotton or linen, something that’s not stretchy. 

Tie a knot in the warp thread, leaving a 6″ tail. Begin wrapping the warp thread on your loom keeping the tension taught and even and going around each cardboard tab. Tie a knot in the warp when you get to the other end. The weft is the decorative part of the weaving and can be anything from handspun to fabric strips. 

Weave until your piece is full, packing as tightly as you can with the fork. Tuck the ends into the body of the work as you go or do it at the end.

Take the woven fabric off the loom. All the warp threads will be hidden in the weft-no ends to weave in except those little stragglers left from new threads or tail ends of the old threads.

The next few steps may be familiar to you if you’ve ever done any wet felting. Soak the piece in hot water and dishwashing liquid until the water cools then rinse in a cool bath of  1/4c white vinegar. Vinegar will set the colors and remove excess soap residue. Roll the woven piece in a towel to squeeze out the water. The last part of this process is called “fulling”. It’s the term used for felting in a limited degree on woven or knitted cloth. I roll the piece in a bamboo mat for a few minutes. This helps to create a firmer, more stable fabric. 

Then I dry the piece on a towel, patting it into shape. Or I pin it to rubberized material (I think its a shelf lining product) and use my solar powered dryer to dry the piece thoroughly.

Now is the time to weave in all those little ends if you haven’t already. Hmm, I like it a lot!!!

I’ve punched holes in my leather set at 1/4″ apart and I’m using .5mm C-Lon to sew the pieces together. I’ve also lined the pouch section with a cotton print.


Here’s my finished project-the perfect tool bag for my small tapestry weaving tools. The finished dimensions with the flap folded are 7″ x 8″. BTW, the exquisite raven bead was created by my fellow AE  member, Caroline Dewison. So, I hope you are inspired to try your hand at this simple weaving technique. Have fun and thanks for stopping by!



Cooky Schock

Cooky Schock has been a maker her whole life-teddy bears, quilts, clothing, weaving, knitting and gourds...For the last 18 years she has been immersed in beads and metal both creating with, selling and teaching. And she has finally found her passion-Teaching! Recently she rediscovered macrame, something she did in the 70’s this time updated and small-micro macramé! She lives in San Diego with her husband and two pups. They are all getting ready to take their show on the road (literally) in a new RV, living life wherever the road takes them.
  1. Reply

    Very cool! I want to try it myself.

    • Reply

      Thanks Karen. This could be a good way to use some of your beautiful thread stash!

  2. Reply

    That’s so awesome, I’d love to try it!! And your piece is so beautiful, love your colors!

    Laura xo

    • Terri Del Signore
    • January 27, 2017

    That’s fantastic!! Thank you for sharing Cooky! You have inspired me to try this!

  3. Reply

    Thanks for a fantastic tutorial… it’s definitely going on my list of things to try!

    • Reply

      Caroline, this is also a great project to do with children!

    • Deborah Kelly
    • January 27, 2017

    Fantastic project! Looks great, as well as useful…thanks for sharing!

  4. Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I have been wanting to do a small pin weaving but NOW I am definitely going to use this cardboard technique. Your woven piece is gorgeous and the way you used it to create a pouch/bag is perfect!

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