Building a Wood Loom

Making a Cardboard Tri Loom

These are directions for a 12 inch Tri Loom
You can make one larger or smaller as you desire.
Just make sure the top corners are 90 degrees and the bottom corner is 45 degrees.

1. Use a thick cardboard box.

2. Cut out two or three triangles depending on how thick the card board is.
    I used two layers and my 12 inch loom is half an inch thick.

3. Make sure the two top corners have a 90 degree corner and the bottom point is 45 degrees.

This photo shows the loom slightly over 12" because the corners of the tape stick out.

cut and cover loom

4  Glue the triangles together.
    I coated them both with rubber glue.
    When it was tacky I put the glued sides together

I did not think it was necessary to show the triangles
 being cut out and glued.
In order to get this page posted sooner I started with a loom
 at the marking pin stage.

5. Cover the triangles with tape.
    I layed long strips across the long edges on the outside and the inside cuts. 
    These will help hold the layers together and give a firmer surface to insert pins into.

This is far from an elegant looking loom
but it is quick, easy, cheap, and it works.

 Mark the pin placement

7.  Put a pin into each upper corner and the bottom corner.

corner pin placement

On a wood loom the nails are placed on the face of the loom perpendicular to the loom.
I found when I tried that with a cardboard loom the pins would bend or pull out when
tension was placed on them during weaving.

8.  Use a magic marker to lay out nail holes 1/2 inch apart on the hypotenuse between the two top pins.
     There will be 23 marks between the two top corner pins.
mark pins

9.  Next mark 23 spots between each of the pins on each side.
    They will be about three sixteenths of an inch apart.
Side pin marks
10.  Recount all of your marks to make sure you have 23 between each of the three corner pins.

11. Insert a pin straight into each mark close to one edge of the loom.
     I used large head pins to make it easier to move them.
put in pins

Weave on the side of the loom closest to the pins.

This loom is a little more difficult to weave on then a wood loombecause you are
weaving over a wide loom frame.

It is also a little harder to place the yarn over the pins and pull
it up snug as you weave.


When the weaving is finished pull the pins out to release the weaving.

Replace the pins for the next weaving.

If the pins start getting loose add another layer of tape to renew the pin surface.
Finished Tri
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Copyright Barbara A. Herdman