Twig Loom

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by Eileen Farley, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Twig Loom

We love projects we can do with our kids that use a combination of things from outside and inside. Next time you're at the park or just hanging out in the backyard, help your kids find a twig. Then let them pick some yarns from your stash (either their favorite colors or ones that coordinate with their bedroom or playroom décor). Then start weaving! You do one color, they do the next ... keep going until you're finished making this wall art! "Y knot" try it on your next nature walk!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner (8 + up)
  • Time:3 hours + drying time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Pick Your Yarns: Choose a yarn to be your warp yarn (in our project, this is the Dark Purple yarn at the top). Once you have done that, the remaining yarns will be your weaving yarns.
  • 2
    Working With the Warp Yarn: Cut about 25 pieces of your warp yarn that are a yard each. (Depending on the size of your twig, you may need a little more or a little less.) Tie one end in a knot to the end of the branch. Place a small amount of glue on the knot. When the glue has dried, trim the yarn above the knot. Bring the yarn piece down and tie a knot to the other branch, leaving the remaining hanging. Moving down the branch, repeat this step, spacing the knots about 1/2 inch apart.
  • 3
    Making the Fringe: Cut 30 inch pieces of each of the remaining yarns (these are your weaving yarns). Fold one of the pieces in half and put the folded end under and over the bottom branch between two of the hanging warp yarns and pull the ends through the loop. Repeat this step, alternating your weaving yarns as you go and until those half inch spaces from the warp yarn are filled in.
  • 4
    Odds and Ends: Don't forget to place some of the warp and weave yarns on the tail of the Y using this same technique. Tip: Use the duct tape to keep the twig in place on your work surface.
  • 5
    Now Weave: Cut a three yard piece of one of your weaving yarn colors. Use the cellophane (sticky) tape to adhere one end of this piece to the end of the wood dowel. Working on the side of the twig that has the knots showing, weave the yarn over and under the warp yarns. Leave about 3 inches of yarn as you start (this will be sewn in when you are done weaving.) When you have finished weaving that one color, cut the yarn (leave the 3 inch section attached). Repeat this step with your other weaving yarn colors until the middle of the Y is filled in. When all your weaving is done, sew the 3 inch ends into the back of the weaving and trim the ends. Lay the project on a flat surface and trim the hanging yarn on a diagonal.
  • 6
    Share: We'd love to see how your twig loom comes out! #ACMooreInspired

Project Details

  • Level:beginner (8 + up)
  • Time:3 hours + drying time

Project Supplies

  • •Y-Shaped Twig or Stick, Assorted Yarns (we used 6 different kinds), Nicole™ Crafts 1/8 inch x 12 inch Wood Dowel
  • •Elmer's Washable White School Glue 7.625 oz., Wide-Eye Needle, Scissors, Cellophane (or Sticky) Tape, Ruler, Duct Tape (optional)