After testing out my weaving skills on a simple frame/lap loom made from a picture frame (see it here!), I have taken things to the next level by putting together a larger loom. Initially I looked online for a lap loom kit to purchase, but they were all super expensive! So I went down to the hardware store and for $9.80 I made my own. It may not be the prettiest thing, but it will do the job better than the picture frame.
I bought three pieces of 2×2 cedar (42″ each), 4 large screws and a small bag full of short nails. I cut one piece of wood in half making two 21″ pieces, and trimmed the other two down to 26″ each.
I then assembled the frame with the 21″ pieces across the top and bottom, and the two 26″ pieces to make a rectangle 21″ W x 29″ H (pop quiz, what are the dimensions of a 2×2? They are actually 1.5″ x 1.5″. Confusing but true.)
I then marked along the top and bottom at every cm, totaling 46 nails, and hammered them in.
I then looped my yarn over each nail in a zig-zag type of pattern (rather than the over/under way I did on the picture frame) from top to bottom, knotting the yarn on the first and last nails. This will make the weaving easier to remove from the loom when it’s done. I’m pretty excited to get started on something new on this much bigger loom, and not have the shape go all wonky on me as I get to the top. Woot!
This was ridiculously easy to make and only took about an hour. And at 1/10th the price of fancy online frame looms, it’s a winner!