CraftSanity On TV: Making Weaving Looms Out of Old Books

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29 Responses

  1. Kathy Elsie says:

    Jennifer, thank you for bringing so many affordable and easy crafts to the masses. Whether you create the idea or not, you find a way to show us! You rock!

  2. EL says:

    I can’t understand why you destroy books to make craft projects — or for any reason. This is not recycling. There must be plenty of pieces of wood, styrofoam, cardboard lying around to use as looms. Pass along the books to someone else who might want to read what’s inside them. Destroying finished objects is not the way to go.

  3. jennifer says:

    Hi EL. Thanks for your comment. The books I used in this tutorial were
    removed from the collection at my local library and destined for the recycle bin, so I feel okay about repurposing them.

    I have made many looms out of scrap wood and agree that found pieces make great looms. In fact, my line of CraftSanity looms are cut from wood boards passed over by furniture makers. Since my looms require small pieces of wood, we’re able to cut around undesirable flaws and make beautiful looms. I just want you to know that I’m doing my part to be resourceful and kind to the environment.

    Plus, I’d rather see someone weaving on a book instead of burning one. This situation could be much worse. : )

  4. jennifer says:

    Thanks, Kathy, for you’re affirming remarks. However, in this instance, I have to pass the kudos on to Margaret who rocked this weaving project and was kind enough to track me down at a recent fiber festival here in West Michigan to loan me both her book loom and lovely shawl. I’m a lucky lady to get to spend time chatting with such creative people.

    Kathy, thanks for reading, commenting and giving me a reason to keep at it.

  5. Kathy Elsie says:

    Jennifer: it doesn’t matter who had the idea, but that you are able to inspire others to be creative too. You find easy ways to get craft materials (recycling) and show how to make equipment, ie: the book loom! You postively rock!

  6. Katherine says:

    Is there such a loom, that you can make say a scarf on, or a long piece of work, instead of squares? Just wondering? Thanks

  7. jennifer says:

    Hi Katherine. Yes, it would be possible to make a loom to weave a larger piece on. I won’t have time to map that one out for a while, but you find some instructions for making these kind of looms here:

    I hope this helps. Be sure to let me know if you end up making a bigger loom. I’d love to see it! When I get time to make my scarf loom, I’ll be sure to post it.

  8. Marion Marzolf says:

    Great idea, Margaret. I’ve got a bunch of little squares waiting for a home.
    Maybe your book or board loom ideas will lead new folks into
    trying a traditional floor loom, where the whole process of
    weaving coordinates arms,legs, and feet and goes much
    faster… and you can still weave segments, but of course not with finished edges. sigh! there is always a catch….marion

  9. Alana says:

    I love books, but I don’t agree with the people saying that you shouldn’t turn books into other things. If you have a travel book that is older than about 5 years old, it is useless. There are plenty of dated books that are not worth reading anymore. And a book is better than a chunk of wood because with that many nails in a row, wood has a tendency to split. A book wouldn’t. I think it’s brilliant.

  10. Carolyn says:

    I have some of the old “potholder” looms that usually are used with cotton loops. Can I use them for this kind of weaving too?

  11. Lisa says:

    I’m so excited about this book loom! Jennifer, are you going to post instructions to weave the various types of squares Ms. Jager’s shawl seems to be constructed of? Plain weave I can figure out on my own, or even twill. But that tick-tack-toe looking square? How did she do that?

  12. Jenny says:

    What a fun project! I am curious to know why the nails are grouped in threes instead of evenly spaced.

  13. jennifer says:

    The loom is modeled after the old “Weave-It” looms that use a continuous weave structure that calls for this seemingly odd nail spacing. You can read details of the weaving process at this link:

  14. I’m making this today. I love it!

  15. alexandria says:

    Thanks so much for this! I’ve been wanting a weave-it loom forever & never seem to find them in the garage sales. I never thought of making one this way! Even I could construct this! I cant wait to get started :o)

  16. Debbie J says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been wanting to learn to weave, and this looks like the perfect way to learn! Now all I have to do is go and get my supplies for the loom.

  17. Karen says:

    Neat! Thank you!

  18. P.J. Herdman says:

    I tried the eloomanation websight and as of August 24, 2011 it is now closed. Is there anywhere else to get information on how to weave using the bookloom? I am also looking for different patterns than plain weave. Thank you, pj

  19. Mo says:

    Me encantó, gracias por la información desde sus inicios (en tapas de libros)

  20. pam says:

    Great idea. The graph template does not have any size on it. Would you please tell me the dimensions of the loom, and the size of the graph squares? When I download the pdf I only get a small section, and have to reduce it drastically to get it all. I don’t know how far apart the pins are, or the total size.

    Thank you, pam

  21. Carol says:

    I could not find the patterns to use the “Making loom out of book and nails” project video I watched, can you send me that site?
    Thank You

  22. Istannor says:

    I think this is the best idea since sliced bread!
    I have wanted to try pin loom weaving, but I would rather experiment with workable but low/no cost equipment.
    Outdated textbooks are excellent material for this project. I took the covers off one and sandwiched a magazine between them – this gave me the hard cover without making the pin loom too heavy. I’m sitting here looking at it right now, about to do the hammering. I’ll prick holes in a file folder cover with an awl to make the template that will be taped onto the book cover.

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    You help me so much! excelent page! :)

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  1. August 27, 2010

    […] Jennifer of CraftSanity shows us how to make a loom out of an old book. To find out more about the inspiration for this project, see a beautiful example of a shawl made from squares woven on a book loom, and get the tutorial for making a loom of your own, see Jennifer’s blog post. […]

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