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Weaving

Weaving is a method of fabric production in which two sets of yarn or threads are interlaced together to form the cloth.

Threads that are going up and down are called the warp threads.

The threads that go side to side and are interlocking are called the weft.

The warp threads are usually woven on a loom which is some type of divice that hold them in place

while the weft threads are winding between them.

The way the warp and weft threads interlace are called the weave.

There are three types of basic weaves: plain weave, satin weave, and twill weave.

The warp threads are seperated causing an opening to run the threads thru called a shed.

The weft strings are placed on a shuttle that goes through the shed.

People have been weaving since ancient days. And people still weave today.

 

  

 

 

  

You can make other things like baskets and jewelry by weaving.

 

 

 

 

Kumihimo Friendship Bracelet

How to weave a bracelet like the Japanese

Kumihimo is a form of braid-making.

Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands.

Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads".

   

You will need a piece of cardbard (like a ceral box), a pair of scissors, something round

like a glass to trace, a pencil and some yarn or thread.

Trace the glass on a piece of cardboard and cut out the circle.

Divide your circle into 8 sections.

Cut a small notch at the end of each line that makes your sections.

Poke a hole in the center.

    

This is your loom.

Cut 7 strings of yarn about 12  to 14 inches long. Tie all together at one end.

 

Poke the knot through the hole in the center so it is on the bottom of you loom.

On the top of your loom place each string in their own slot leaving one slot open.

From the top empty slot, count down to the third string.

Pull the third string from it's slot and place it now in the top slot.

It doesn't matter which side you count down to the third string as long as

you stay on the same side when you count down to the next third string.

Now you need to rotate or turn your loom so that the empty slot is moved to the top spot on the loom.

To weave your bracelet keep moving the third string to the top slot and

then rotating the empty slot to the top of the loom.

Remember count down three strings, move the string to the top empty slot

and rotate the loom to have a new empty slot. REPEAT

Once your cord is long enough to go around your wrist take it off the loom.

Tie all strings into a knot to keep it from unraveling.

 

To make a simple catch, make another knot and trim off the loose ends.

The first knot that you started with will slip through the gap and you can wear your bracelet.

 

 

 

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