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I am using the variegated thread created in the lesson "Dyeing Variegated Thread", a 24 inch rotary cutting quilting ruler, scissors, tape, a dinner fork, and a beading loom.

The ruler was used to wrap the thread around and then cut to the desired length for use on the loom.

My goal with this small weaving is to create an amulet bag, so although it is not shown here I have folded a piece of appear as a guide for the size of weaving I need to create.

I taped the loom into place onto the table after placing the thread onto one end of the loom. This kept it steady so that I could knot the thread and apply it to the other end of the loom after separating the threads and keeping them straight while setting the loom up for weaving. .

I separated the threads into each groove of the loom on one end and ran the thread taught to the other end. This is easier said than done and took me a bit to get right. But I did get it after a bit of work. This sets up the warp.

 

Two pieces of copy/printer paper were folded and inserted between the threads as shown. Each was woven over one, under the next all the way across, each starting opposite of the other.

I created a 'shuttle' from heavy cardboard and wrapped the thread I wanted to use for the 'weft' around it. This keeps the thread you will eave in and out of the warp together neatly and makes it easier to run back and forth.

Another piece of cardboard was cut approximately 1 inch wide and wider than the width of the weaving to help out in the process as you will see below.

The 1 inch cardboard strip is slipped between the threads and the upper piece of paper so that it goes around the same thread. Keep the paper woven, but push it up toward the top. It will make it easier to do this the next time.

The bottom piece of paper was left in place to help keep the threads straight for the beginning of the weaving process.

Tilt the cardboard up to a 90 degree angle to separate the threads enough to push the loaded shuttle through.

 

Slide the shuttle from one side to the other.
Leave at least 3 inches of thread from where the thread goes into. Push down the thread to the edge of the bottom piece of paper with the upper piece of paper or cardboard.

Continue weaving back and forth. One direction you will be able to use the piece of cardboard and the upper paper to be quicker. The other way you will have to re-insert the cardboard weaving in and out, over and under the threads.

Continue until you weave the desired length. You can use the fork along the way to help separate the threads in the weaving and pull them tighter as desired.

Because of the type of loom this is, I could have made the threads much longer and wrapped them around the ends of the loom and tightened them down before weaving. Then once my weaving came close to the opened area I could release more of the warp on one end and wrapped the weaving around the other, making the weaving longer and longer as I worked.

Once you are finished with the weaving portion cut the weaving off of the loom a few threads at a time. For every two thread tie into a square knot next to the weaving.

Because this weaving will be used for an amulet bag I have folded it here part way to get an idea of how it will appear.

The top flap of the bag has been flipped over and this is similar to how it will appear once the edges are sewn together and made into the shape of the finished amulet bag.