Tell us what you are weaving (or have woven) on cardboard...

Hello to all of you cardboard loom weavers.  Please write to the forum and let us know what you have been creating using cardboard for a loom.

I recently retired from teaching middle school art and one of my most popular units was weaving.  My students loved the little 2x4 inch amulets (pockets that hang from the neck and hold a good luck charm.) I recently taught a Fun with FIbers class incorporating weaving on cardboard to K-7th graders at a Spring Break arts camp in our new home of Savannah, GA. These were woven using a cotton warp and wool dyed with Koolaid for a weft.

You can see more photos on my Flickr site.   www.flickr.com/photos/suzyhok1/sets/72157616688819546/

Comments

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 20:18

I have had the kids in my summer programme do little bags.  HOWEVER, this year we simply wound yarn around the carboards and made yarn octopusses, dolls etc.  My little "classroom aide" (she's 13) figured out how to make a puppet out of the yarn dolls and entertained the younger kids with making up puppet-shows.

I keep a stack of them in my classroom and, when the kids finish their multi-harness pieces, we turn them loose on the cardboard looms and they have a ball with them!

Nancy C

Posted on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 02:08

 What fun!  Can you post some photos of them?  I'd love to see what they look like!

I was thinking that the little 2x4 card board loom pouches could make great finger puppet head and body and then arms, legs, hair, embellishments could be added.  I love the cardboard looms because it gives people a way to weave who may not be able to afford a floor loom or even a rigid heddle loom.  It certainly gets kids (and adults, too) excited about weaving! 

Posted on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 17:28

 Hi,

I weave on cardboard for a few reasons, namely for ease of transport and a good way to use up thrums and other yarns scraps

in my stash.  I also like doing it 3 D on a cardboard box.  It is a great approach to introduce weaving to kids, however, it is also 

a cheap and easy way to weave if space is at a premium.  I also like the small size.

I still have unfinished projects on cardboard, so no pictures to show.  I will work on this.

 

 

Posted on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 01:05

What a great idea - weaving 3D!   Do you cut notches in the cardboard box to hold the warp evenly spaced?  

I'm anxious to see photos, so please finish soon!

Suzy

Posted on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 03:12

I'm not sure if this counts as cardboard weaving, but I have just cut up a batch of cardboard playing cards to do some card-weaving on a backstrap. As the planned project only uses two of the 4 holes normally used in card-weaving, it may just be a form of rigid heddle weaving using cards instead. I'lll be posting this on the backstrap weaving forums, with pictures, as I get going. This is a wonderfully portable way of weaving belts, straps, little MP3 player bags , cell-phone cases etc, and way back in the Dark Ages, when I first learned to weave, I was remakably prolific using this technique.

I've used playing cards purely because I don't care what the cards look like, but if you have some pretty cardboard and a guillotine, you can make your own - I suggest using a guillotine because cutting 25 or 50 cards with scissors can get mighty boring, no matter how motivated you are!  :-)

Posted on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 15:33

 Suzy,

Yes I do cut notches in the cardboard box (about 1/4 of an inch) for the warp threads.

As soon as I finish I'll take pictures.  However, I am jinxed when comes time to post pictures on sites other than Flickr!

I am also still confused with the group/forum set up here.  

fleurdefibre (Mireille)

Posted on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 00:56

I love the colors in the beautiful little bag on your project page.  Did you weave it on a cardboard loom?  I don't know what a pin loom is. 

I've woven many tiny bags on cardboard using a warping technique that has no selvedges -- you weave around and around the piece of cardboard.  The warping is designed so that when finished the weaving is slipped off the loom like a sock from a foot or a finger from a glove.

Once we get back to Savannah in Sept I'll scan the directions I created for my students and mount them on the forum page.
 

Posted on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 05:12

hi Suzyhok and thank you! The little bags are woven out of my own handspun sari silk, its much finer and softer than the commercial stuff, and I can control the runs of colour too. The loom was one of those MDF room signs you can buy in cheap craft shops, for painting or whatever, and I put pins down each short end, to make a tiny tapestry loom. It works just as well with a cardboard loom, and they do look pretty. I found an organza gift bag the right size to line it, so I really did nothing very difficult with them, but the end result is very pleasing.

I have just discovered the scrap-booking section at my local Spotlight store (cheap chain craft shop) and there are lots of carboard and MDF shapes there ideal for use as a loom. Since I define a loom as anything that will hold a warp, its a case of anything goes! I have some board that I can warp up exactly as you have described, and last week cleaned out one of my local craft shops of all his offcuts from picture-framing. Cardboard matt makes a nice strong flat loom! and its even better when its free, lol!

I haven't had a chance to warp up the cards yet, real life keeps intruding, but I will post the results of the experiment once I get a chance to do it.

Posted on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 01:17

Last winter, I started weaving a tapestry bag on a cardboard box - it was in Handwoven.  I'm about half way done - I keeping coming across it in my studio and think that I should really finish it but just never get around to it!

Posted on Sun, 08/02/2009 - 07:50

Two years ago the Spinning Guild decided to do a woven bag theme for our Christmas Party by gathering all the hand spun yarns we made ourselves, select the size cardboard loom we wanted to make and have the bags made by the 2nd weekend of December when our Christmas Party took place and there was a nice little turnout.  I still have the cardboard loom someplace.  I made two so far.

the Purple one on my ID photo is a picture of my bag.  I haven't figured out how to download any of my projects in Weavolution.  I have no problems with Ravelry.  Oh Well!

Cookie

Posted on Sun, 08/16/2009 - 20:32

I finally finished weaving my tapestry bag/basket.  I was working on it while selling my weaving at the Saturday morning fisherman's wharf market.  (as there aren't any farms up here, we don't have a farmers market), so I was able to get in a couple of solid hours weaving on it.

Here are a couple of pictures:

Tapestry bag

 

tapestry bag

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 20:18

I have had the kids in my summer programme do little bags.  HOWEVER, this year we simply wound yarn around the carboards and made yarn octopusses, dolls etc.  My little "classroom aide" (she's 13) figured out how to make a puppet out of the yarn dolls and entertained the younger kids with making up puppet-shows.

I keep a stack of them in my classroom and, when the kids finish their multi-harness pieces, we turn them loose on the cardboard looms and they have a ball with them!

Nancy C

Posted on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 02:08

 What fun!  Can you post some photos of them?  I'd love to see what they look like!

I was thinking that the little 2x4 card board loom pouches could make great finger puppet head and body and then arms, legs, hair, embellishments could be added.  I love the cardboard looms because it gives people a way to weave who may not be able to afford a floor loom or even a rigid heddle loom.  It certainly gets kids (and adults, too) excited about weaving! 

Posted on Tue, 07/07/2009 - 17:28

 Hi,

I weave on cardboard for a few reasons, namely for ease of transport and a good way to use up thrums and other yarns scraps

in my stash.  I also like doing it 3 D on a cardboard box.  It is a great approach to introduce weaving to kids, however, it is also 

a cheap and easy way to weave if space is at a premium.  I also like the small size.

I still have unfinished projects on cardboard, so no pictures to show.  I will work on this.

 

 

Posted on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 01:05

What a great idea - weaving 3D!   Do you cut notches in the cardboard box to hold the warp evenly spaced?  

I'm anxious to see photos, so please finish soon!

Suzy

Posted on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 03:12

I'm not sure if this counts as cardboard weaving, but I have just cut up a batch of cardboard playing cards to do some card-weaving on a backstrap. As the planned project only uses two of the 4 holes normally used in card-weaving, it may just be a form of rigid heddle weaving using cards instead. I'lll be posting this on the backstrap weaving forums, with pictures, as I get going. This is a wonderfully portable way of weaving belts, straps, little MP3 player bags , cell-phone cases etc, and way back in the Dark Ages, when I first learned to weave, I was remakably prolific using this technique.

I've used playing cards purely because I don't care what the cards look like, but if you have some pretty cardboard and a guillotine, you can make your own - I suggest using a guillotine because cutting 25 or 50 cards with scissors can get mighty boring, no matter how motivated you are!  :-)

Posted on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 15:33

 Suzy,

Yes I do cut notches in the cardboard box (about 1/4 of an inch) for the warp threads.

As soon as I finish I'll take pictures.  However, I am jinxed when comes time to post pictures on sites other than Flickr!

I am also still confused with the group/forum set up here.  

fleurdefibre (Mireille)

Posted on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 00:56

I love the colors in the beautiful little bag on your project page.  Did you weave it on a cardboard loom?  I don't know what a pin loom is. 

I've woven many tiny bags on cardboard using a warping technique that has no selvedges -- you weave around and around the piece of cardboard.  The warping is designed so that when finished the weaving is slipped off the loom like a sock from a foot or a finger from a glove.

Once we get back to Savannah in Sept I'll scan the directions I created for my students and mount them on the forum page.
 

Posted on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 05:12

hi Suzyhok and thank you! The little bags are woven out of my own handspun sari silk, its much finer and softer than the commercial stuff, and I can control the runs of colour too. The loom was one of those MDF room signs you can buy in cheap craft shops, for painting or whatever, and I put pins down each short end, to make a tiny tapestry loom. It works just as well with a cardboard loom, and they do look pretty. I found an organza gift bag the right size to line it, so I really did nothing very difficult with them, but the end result is very pleasing.

I have just discovered the scrap-booking section at my local Spotlight store (cheap chain craft shop) and there are lots of carboard and MDF shapes there ideal for use as a loom. Since I define a loom as anything that will hold a warp, its a case of anything goes! I have some board that I can warp up exactly as you have described, and last week cleaned out one of my local craft shops of all his offcuts from picture-framing. Cardboard matt makes a nice strong flat loom! and its even better when its free, lol!

I haven't had a chance to warp up the cards yet, real life keeps intruding, but I will post the results of the experiment once I get a chance to do it.

Posted on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 01:17

Last winter, I started weaving a tapestry bag on a cardboard box - it was in Handwoven.  I'm about half way done - I keeping coming across it in my studio and think that I should really finish it but just never get around to it!

Posted on Sun, 08/02/2009 - 07:50

Two years ago the Spinning Guild decided to do a woven bag theme for our Christmas Party by gathering all the hand spun yarns we made ourselves, select the size cardboard loom we wanted to make and have the bags made by the 2nd weekend of December when our Christmas Party took place and there was a nice little turnout.  I still have the cardboard loom someplace.  I made two so far.

the Purple one on my ID photo is a picture of my bag.  I haven't figured out how to download any of my projects in Weavolution.  I have no problems with Ravelry.  Oh Well!

Cookie

Posted on Sun, 08/16/2009 - 20:32

I finally finished weaving my tapestry bag/basket.  I was working on it while selling my weaving at the Saturday morning fisherman's wharf market.  (as there aren't any farms up here, we don't have a farmers market), so I was able to get in a couple of solid hours weaving on it.

Here are a couple of pictures:

Tapestry bag

 

tapestry bag

Posted on Sun, 11/07/2010 - 20:23

It is lovely to see all the projects this group is making on cardboard looms! It is so economical and satisfying. I am never so happy as when I am using recycled materials.

A couple of years ago I wondered if it is possible to weave a jacket all in one piece with no seams. I started looking into it and tried all sorts of little projects to find out things about weaving in the round. Have a look at my blog where I am documenting the process. I should be warping the jacket in the next couple of weeks when I get the last bit of preparation done.

Blog address: http://www.ruthsjacketproject.blogspot.com/

Here are a couple of the projects I've made in the process. I've described them a bit on the blog.

teddy bear jacket and handbag

 

 

Posted on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 20:57

I haven't read the article you found the instructions in but I came across someone else who made one from the instructions and posted the photos on flickr. Here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/slowlysheturned/sets/72157601173586339/with/2209570548/

Yours looks almost like a basket. I like the way it seems quite sturdy. I haven't tried tapestry weaving on cardboard yet, only doing even weave so far.

 

 

 

 

Posted on Mon, 11/22/2010 - 22:10

I love the colors and the tapestry effect.  What did you use for your cardboard loom - a box?

Posted on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 17:03

I copied the pattern of pins on a "Weavette" loom to make a large scale weaving with chunky yarn with pins on cardboard. Have a look at my latest project for more details. This technique has lots of possibilities!

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