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CraftSanity on TV: Cardboard Weaving Looms & a Table Loom Introduction

Today I showed Take Five viewers how to do some basic weaving on recycled cardboard. From cereal boxes to packaging from the mail, cardboard is readily available and ripe for free loom-making.

While cardboard looms are great for introducing kids to weaving, this project is for people of all ages. I’ve been weaving for more than a decade and still enjoy working on portable cardboard looms even though I have have a collection of looms ranging from floor to table top models. There’s something really cool about being able to make a coin pouch, bracelet or color sampler on piece of cardboard from the recycle bin.

As a self-employed woman, I’m finding that I’m “shopping” my stash and recycle bin more and more for my projects. I thought cutting the craft budget would really stink, but I’m getting a great deal of satisfaction out of creating with what I have on hand.  Weaving on cardboard looms is one more inexpensive project to try at home.

Then, if you really get into it, there are plenty of exciting table and floor loom possibilities. I especially love the locally made craft equipment and will be sharing the story of Ann & Bruce Niemi, owners of the Kessenich Loom Co. in Allegan, Michigan in my Sunday newspaper column. So check back here for the link to their story on Sunday. And if you’re local, you can go visit them and get your fiber fix at the Michigan Fiber Festival Aug. 15 & 16 at the Allegan County Fairgrounds.

Check out this week’s Take Five craft segment for more info on weaving with cardboard looms and a column preview.

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Comment from Renee
Time: August 7, 2009, 12:23 pm

What a great episode Jennifer! I think I might give this a try. I am, however, confused about the end process. Maybe sometime in the near future you can explain and show it in more detail?

Comment from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Time: August 7, 2009, 1:11 pm

Hi Renee. I’ll post a more detailed tutorial as soon as I wrap up my deadline projects.
Unfortunately this is all I had time for today.
Stay tuned… Jennifer

Comment from Renee
Time: August 8, 2009, 9:59 am

Sounds great! Thanks so much!

Comment from John Bowman
Time: August 4, 2011, 2:14 am

Hello. I am doing a revised edition of my ebook, Montessori at Home!, and I would like to include the photo on this page of the cardboard weaving loom, as well as a link to your video. Please let me know if this is ok & if you have any specifics on how credits should read, etc. Thanks!

John Bowman

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