Yarn Ends Mini Woven Hanging

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  • Children should have adult supervision while using materials that are toxic or objects that are
  • Guide you child’s hands closely as needed while use craft tools and materials
  • Children should use safety scissors

Making this craft inspires children sense of pride by seeing their one of a kind art. This craft also gives your child choices to decide colours and textures.

Thinking: This craft is a fun way for your to play with measurement and patterns colours.

Download the PDF

Required Materials:

  • Download PDF for instructions
  • Yarn left overs or selected colours
  • Scrap cardboard (corrugated)
  • Branch or driftwood
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Directions

Prepare the Loom

  1. Download PDF of instructions
  2. Cut out your loom from a piece of cardboard. Our piece is 14 centimetres by 18 cm (about 5 inches by 7 inches). Use a ruler to find the centre point on the top and bottom edges and mark it with a pencil, then measure out and mark regular intervals out from there. We marked every 1 cm for a total of 11 cm across.
  3. Tip – You can use any size loom and make your marks closer together or farther apart, but the more strings you have the longer it’s going to take to complete.
  4. Use your scissors to cut a small slit in the cardboard at each of your marks.
  5. The yarn you wrap around the loom and weave the rest of your strings on is called the warp. Prepare your warp by taping one end on the backside of the loom and then wrapping the yarn around the cardboard through each of the cut notches. When you get to the end, cut off your yarn and tape that end to the backside as well.

Weaving

  1. The weaving can be done with just your fingers, but using a yarn needle or some kind of large-eye tool can make things much easier (and faster). We used an inexpensive metal bodkin (for threading elastics) and it worked great.
  2. Basic weaving is accomplished with a very simple over/under approach. If you go over the first thread on your loom then you go under the next one, then over the next, then under, etc. When you start or finish a piece of yarn, always leave a tail approx. 5 or 6 cm long. These ends will get secured in the final steps.
  3. When you get to the end of a row, just start the next one up by continuing to alternate over and under – if you finish a row going under, then you start the next one by going over.

Tip – Be careful to not pull too hard on the side end warp threads as it will cause your weaving to pinch in the middle.

  1. ALWAYS be squishing and compressing your threads toward the bottom of the loom. The tighter your rows, the more stable your final piece will be.

Staggering Colours

  1. To create a staircase effect and to stagger colours, don’t go all the way to the end of a row before you turn around. Stop one thread in on your warp and make this your new end point for two rows. Then stop another warp thread sooner and go for two rows, and so on.
  2. Start your second colour where you want it and in the same way you did in the beginning – leave a tail and go over or under the threads below it. Go as far as the last warp thread in that row that has your first colour wrapped around it before turning around to go back. Both your colours should share that thread.
  3. Continue working your way up row by row.

Tip – Some people find it easier in this technique to complete one colour and then go back and add the other, some people like working with both colours at once (two needles). Play with it and see what works for you.

Finishing Touches

  1. When your loom is full, flip it over to the back and carefully cut through the centre of your warp threads.
  2. Flip your loom back to the front and, working in pairs from one end of the loom, tie a double knot in the threads all the way across. Do this for the top and bottom.
  3. You can now take your yarn needle and use it to tuck your tail ends through some of the woven rows on the backside. Trim any excess.
  4. Use the ends of the tied yarn to now tie onto whatever branch or rod you want to use to suspend your hanging from. Get creative by adding an additional piece of yarn or string as a hanger or pom poms.
  5. Hang on the wall and admire

Nurture

  • If you open opportunities for your child measure as you craft
  • Your child will develop an understanding for real life math skills

Explore

  • If you give your child a variety of colour options
  • Your child will develop a unique taste for combining colour

Yarn Ends Mini Woven Hanging

Making this craft inspires children sense of pride by seeing their one of a kind art. This craft also gives your child choices to decide colours and textures.

Thinking: This craft is a fun way for your to play with measurement and patterns colours.

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