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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

In this badge bit, you will make a small weaving loom.

Here's some information on building looms: https://permies.com/t/50910/permaculture-fiber-arts-tools/fiber-arts/loom

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- build a loom capable of weaving a warp-faced fabric at least 2" wide

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):  
-  your materials used to make the loom
-  the process of making the loom
-  the finished loom making cloth

Examples of backstrap weaving and loom set up:





Making and using a tablet loom:



Example of tablet weaving and set up:







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I did this a while back: https://permies.com/t/50910/permaculture-fiber-arts-tools/fiber-arts/loom#523826

It's a tablet or 'card' loom.  I made mine out of playing cards.


On the left are examples of commercial weaving cards or tablets.  And you can see the deck of cards I'm using for this project.


measuring it square.


first card cut and holes punched.


loom complete


loom in action.


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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Not submitted for points, but an example of an even simpler loom I made

Get some straight sticks (old broom handles, wooden spoon handles, whatever - just ask before cutting them up)
Cut them to length.



add yarn



weave a bit


all done


The cloth I made becomes the backstrap for the loom - the sticks and that strap go together.  But you can make lots of different style cloths including the belt this BB is for.

And here's the tutorial I used: https://backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/backstrap-basics-an-article-from-weavezine-by-laverne-waddington/
 
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Here is my submission for the Make a Small Loom BB - Textile Aspect - straw.

I learned quite a lot about what works and what does not while I was modifying the loom dowels, measuring and warping the loom, and most specifically to use nylon (or a slick material) for the string heddles.  I used mason line for the heddles because the cotton thread would catch on the warp and not change the shed at all!

To get certified for this BB, I have posted:
- a picture of materials - dowels
- Using a chisel to notch the ends of the dowels
- a picture of putting the warp on the loom - making the loom work
- a picture of the nylon string heddles finished and weaving started
- a picture of the finished loom making cloth
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Several sizes and shapes of dowels and boards.
Several sizes and shapes of dowels and boards.
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Using a chisel to notch the ends of the Loom Bar dowels
Using a chisel to notch the ends of the Loom Bar dowels
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Putting the warp on the loom and securing it to the loom bars
Putting the warp on the loom and securing it to the loom bars
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The nylon string heddles finished and weaving started
The nylon string heddles finished and weaving started
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The assembled (finished) loom making cloth - about 3.5"
The assembled (finished) loom making cloth - about 3.5"
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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We've been learning a lot about vikings and tablet weaving, so my son picked out colors and a pattern, and we made tablets from thin wood we had left over from another project.

I measured off the wood to make 9 tablets


  • https://permies.com/t/68930/a/129318/thumb-20201229_170857.jpg caption="measured in 1/2 inch from each edge to find the right places to drill" width=500


  • My kids helped drill a few holes :D


    one side attached to my belt
    other side attached to the shelf


    my son stepped in to weave a few rows
    image is stuck sideways, but here's the belt on my son!


    All in all, I learned a LOT. Both my kids enjoyed learning about weaving. My husband has decided it's magic. And he looked at me really funny when I said "warp threads"--I think he was imagining threads traveling at warp speed :D. My beginning weaving was rather atrocious, but evened out toward the end.  A great project! I didn't have a shuttle, so I just stuck the ball of yarn through the warp "shed" and smacked it down with the edge of my hand to tighten the weaving.

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    I had a lot of fun doing this. I made a tablet loom and did a test weave. I made the loom out of lego creator cards the kids had, a hole punch and scissors. Here are my pics.
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    Cards
    Cards
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    Punching cards
    Punching cards
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    Rounding off cards
    Rounding off cards
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    Loom in use
    Loom in use
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    Finished piece
    Finished piece
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    I made a tablet loom because I wanted to make a thin strap for another project.

    These were very sturdy cards from when the kids were little. A little thicker than usual playing cards. Also, I think, a little slipperier.


    This image shows the stack of finished cards and my small project set up as a test.


    I tried twice to make a tiny shuttle out of wood I had handy, but it was too dry and the first 3 tries split. Then I remembered a neighbor had given me a net needle and it was a great tool for a small project like this one.


    Here you can see I'm almost done weaving. I'm using antique silk thread which was both extremely slippery to use and so shiny that it was hard to see what I was doing under artificial light. The white loops were to weave in the end of the weft thread, although after weaving it in side to side, I used a needle back and forth in the long direction to make it more secure.  Between the slippery cards and the slippery silk, the elastic bands in the picture were used to put around the cards whenever I had to take a break. I also have issues with the whole right/left - forward/back thing, so I used the two playing cards to keep track of whether I should be going towards me (the number "2") or  away (the Jack for "back").
    The broken dog leash made a great tie and hook to fasten the far end onto a table leg. The near end I tied to me.
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    Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

     
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    I don't know if this counts, but I made a super simple loom out of sturdy cardboard and so far it's doing pretty good. I'm not finished with my piece (I'm making a small bag), but I'm pretty happy with the results so far.
    I will update this once I get the bag finished and see how well the cardboard fairs on a second project.
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    Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
    Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete, and congratulate you on your first air badge! Great job making a loom out of what you had around!

     
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    Ari Stephenson wrote:I don't know if this counts, but I made a super simple loom out of sturdy cardboard and so far it's doing pretty good. I'm not finished with my piece (I'm making a small bag), but I'm pretty happy with the results so far.
    I will update this once I get the bag finished and see how well the cardboard fairs on a second project.



    That looks good to me, but I can't see the button where I approve the BB.  Is it possible to edit your post and click "submit for BB certification" instead of reply?
     
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    r ranson wrote:

    Ari Stephenson wrote:I don't know if this counts, but I made a super simple loom out of sturdy cardboard and so far it's doing pretty good. I'm not finished with my piece (I'm making a small bag), but I'm pretty happy with the results so far.
    I will update this once I get the bag finished and see how well the cardboard fairs on a second project.



    That looks good to me, but I can't see the button where I approve the BB.  Is it possible to edit your post and click "submit for BB certification" instead of reply?



    I found out special certifier button to convert it to a BB post, and certified it! It's good to know to look for the "submit for BB certification" in the future, though!
     
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    😮 Oh my goodness! I really appreciate this! I didn't think it would qualify as a BB, especially since I didn't write up a description of how I did what, yet, and my project isn't finished.
    I'm speechless (almost). ☺️
    I know this may seem like a little thing to some people, but to me, it makes me feel like my hard work is starting to pay off and be recognized.

    I really do appreciate that, a lot!!!
     
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    Ari Stephenson wrote:I know this may seem like a little thing to some people, but to me, it makes me feel like my hard work is starting to pay off and be recognized.

    PEP is all about "small stuff that builds to big stuff". This BB was for building the loom. There will be other BB's about learning to use natural fibers, because they're required, making some of those fibers yourself, and the list goes on. You made a loom, and the picture shows it works! Bravo - and carry on! We'd still like to see the finished product.
     
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    I prepared some tablet cards from chocolate cardboards to make a small tablet weaving setup. I used this setup to set up my warp-weighted loom for weaving. The initial tablet weaving was quite messy as it is some of the older handspun I have from back before I was very good (or had access to nice wool--just took what folks gave me in big feed sacks, haha). A good use for the scrap!

    All the yarn in the image is my handspun--I've gotten quite a bit better over the last seven years!
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    Preparing the tablet weaving loom
    Preparing the tablet weaving loom
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    Using the tablet weaving to prepare material for an upright loom
    Using the tablet weaving to prepare material for an upright loom
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    Paul Fookes approved this submission.
    Note: Well done beautiful fibre.  I certify this BB complete

     
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