Examples of a dressed loom, an in-progress weaving project, and a completed weaving project.
Step 1: Fold one piece of paper in half lengthwise. Unfold.
Step 2: On one end of your loom base, draw ½-inch lines, evenly spaced, with your pencil.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the opposite end of your loom base. As you do this, make sure the markings line up with the ½-inch lines on the other end.
Step 4: Cut each ½-inch line on both ends. These incisions will be where you loop the yarn.
Step 5: With the remaining cardboard, cut out four 1-inch long loom strips that are the same width as the loom base.
Step 6: Glue two of the cardboard strips together to create a stack.
Step 7: Do the same for the other two strips so you have two stacks.
Step 8: Glue the stacks to the loom base above the ½-inch incisions. These stacks will lift your yarn off the base, creating space so that you can change colors and make a design.
Step 9: Once you are done with your loom base, tape one end of the yarn to the back of the loom base (or the side without the cardboard stacks) and guide it through the first incision on top left corner. This will be Side 1 of the loom base.
Step 10: Guide the yarn straight across to the opposite side of the loom base, or Side 2, and thread the yarn through the first incision and then the second incision. Make sure the yarn is taut so that it can support your weaving project’s shape.
Step 11: Guiding the yarn back to Side 1, thread the yarn through the second and third incisions. Continue the process until the yarn is threaded through each incision and runs vertically on the loom.
Step 12: Cut the end of the yarn, and tape it to the back of the loom base. This yarn, vertically positioned on the loom, is called the warp thread.