Trying Something New

box loom

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I feel like I have been away from the blog — and from crafting, which is why I’ve been away from the blog — much too much lately. It’s a little bit burnout, a little bit physical injury (my right arm/wrist have been giving me lots of trouble lately), a lot that I had a lot of extra work over the last month or so that’s kept me from crafting. All of which has left me with not much to write about.

But yesterday I really wanted to start something new, so I did.

box loom
Making a loom out of a diaper box.

This is a loom made out of a diaper box. I found this idea at Making Boys Men as a weaving tool to use with kids, but it works for grownups, too. I happen to have a lot of diaper boxes lying around, and it took no time at all to set up. I just measured out slits an inch apart on both of the short sides of the box and cut them with my X-ACTO (being the sharpest thing in my office). I looped cotton yarn through the slits (loop on one side and tie on the other, so there’s a strand of yarn for every two slits.

Then I grabbed some wee odd balls out of my yarn stash and started weaving. Obviously I was not paying much attention because my tension is all wonky, but this is a practice run. I’m excited to see how it turns out and what I can make (and how much yarn I can use up!) with this bad boy.

What are you working on? Tried anything new lately? I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. Heh, I have a couple of strips woven on a similar loom made from foam core board that have the same tension issues! I think every new weaver does that. They still work as place mats anyway. 😉 It’s easier to keep the edges straight on my frame loom, though.

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