Best of DIYs - A Loom + Weaved Trivet

Since we've been so interested in weaving lately, we were reminded of a tutorial Arounna Khounnoraj of bookhou did for us a while back and thought it was worthy to pull it out of the archives for another summer project feature idea.  We also liked how she made her own loom out of stretcher frames and used scrap fabric from her sewing projects.  Check it out below!

DIY With Bookhou: Woven Trivet

I have been collecting the selvage from my sewing projects and thought this was a fun way to use the material to create a nice trivet or little mat. if you don't have selvage scraps you can use and old shirt or pants and cut up strips to use. wool sweaters are really nice after the project you can wash it in hot water and it will felt nicely. this is also a nice project for kids.

What you need:
-four pieces of stretcher frame (I used 10 in.) - hammering into a scrap piece of wood works good too.
-nails and hammer
-scissors (not shown in picture)
-cardboard approx. 1.5 x 5 in. (not shown in picture)
-cut up scrap fabric (I used selvage that I have been collecting)

step 1
before you begin put the four corners together to create the frame and hammer nails about 3/4 in. apart - take the fabric and tie onto the first corner and begin to wrap around the nails on the top and bottom as shown.

step 2
take the cardboard and cut triangular notches with the scissors - take the fabric from the ball and wrap it around the cardboard (this will be your shuttle)

step 3
tie a knot to the first row

step 4
take the cardboard shuttle and begin to weave under and over - continue this way until you reach the other side and tie down the end piece.

step 5
remove the loops from the nails - and because it was under tension the loops will fill in from the expansion.

hope you will give it a try - thanks.

arounna khounnoraj

Jan Halvarson


sally said...

Love the finished product! Any suggestions of where to find fabric that has the same feel as what you used if you haven't been collecting selvedge scraps?

Nina said...

This is so cool! I'd like to try doing it with my 5 year old.

ThisCottageBliss said...

Sally, try this with Unbleached Domestic (a heavy muslin) from a fabric store. I have made some weaving items, so much fun. Thanks so much for the Tutorial!

ThisCottageBliss said...

Oh, and Sally I forgot to add...a material called Ticking is another good fabric to use....very strong and heavy.