If you’re feeling tempted to try out the ancient craft of weaving, it’s worth your time looking at the sort of projects you can weave on a loom at home. This can focus your ambitions and provide the inspiration you’re looking for to use on your first project.
One of the most impressive projects you can weave with a home-friendly loom is a blanket. A woven blanket is more even, of a finer quality and likely to be stronger than a knitted or crocheted blanket, but this is a substantial project, and possibly too ambitious for a beginner.
If you’re looking for inspiration and motivation, it’s a great idea to look at woven blankets and make plans for the future, but it’s not the best place for you to start.
Coasters and Place Settings
A more realistic start for a first time weaver is a set of coasters or even a placemat. Projects this small don’t even need a purpose bought loom! All you need is a frame to hold the warp yarn taught, and you could make this yourself out of scrap wood (or an old picture frame) and nails or tacks. It’s a great way to test out weaving and see if it’s the craft for you!
A slightly more ambitious project, to experiment with when you’ve got more specialised equipment, is to weave your own pillow covers. This allows you to add a personal touch to your furnishing, or create unique gifts for friends, tailored to their living room!
If you want to try weaving, MakeBox is a great place to start: our boxes come with everything you need for your first project, and clear, comprehensive instructions to guide you through.