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Weaving Ideas, Warm and Woolly

Martha Stewart Living, February 2006

The secret to all these crafts, including an array of tweedy, solid-colored, and checked designs, is a handheld loom.

Here, you'll find appealing projects that show off the looms' handiwork. Aside from a loom, the only materials needed are a weaving needle and yarn (or thread) in different colors and weights, an item for embellishing if you'd like), and basic sewing skills and tools to link one square to another or to attach squares to doll up an item. Weave pieces following the manufacturer's instructions and using that old over-and-under method. In a matter of minutes -- about twenty -- you'll have a small swatch, and soon another and another. Stitch the pieces together to create a cozy blanket, a warm winter scarf, or a fragrant sachet. There are numerous possibilities -- and they all begin in the palm of your hand.

Pattern Plan
Sweet Sachets
Patchwork Pillow
Purse Pouch
Tissue Box and Facecloth
Baby Booties & Play Block

Comments (6)

  • 17 Mar, 2014

    I bought the Martha Stewart loom kit and I am disappointed with it. It works ok but the pieces of the loom do not fit together very well and the pegs do not stay in the holes that well. I can use it but I have used cheaper ones that are better.

  • 19 Aug, 2008

    sorry, meant to say they are 'cute' not 'cut'.

  • 19 Aug, 2008

    These are cut, but it would be nice to see Martha show crafts that use some of the larger looms. I have a 6-8 harness floor loom, and a 2 harness table loom for weaving. I spin my own yarns for knittings and weavings. I also enjoy using looms similar to this (peg looms), but I prefer them much larger, to make shawls and the like.

  • 16 Jan, 2008

    Try eloomnation.com . They have the old patterns and you can download them for free. The new looms com in a size range from2x2 to 6x6 also rectangles. The old ones in 2x2, 4x4 only. They work best with 4 ply worsted size yarns. I've used mine since I was about 8, now I'm a Grandma.

  • 6 Jan, 2008

    Try ebay. There usually are some there. These have been around for a long time and have been making a comeback as they are easy to tote around. The Weave-It looms are nice and sturdy. ~~JoAnn

  • 1 Dec, 2007

    Where do you purchase a 4 inch weaving loom?