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Re: How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom

Great photographs of a good beginner's project but c'mon--it isn't that much harder to do it the right way. Real weavers secure their loose ends as they go along. There are two different methods depending on whether you are beginning or ending a new color or continuing with a previous color. The only threads you should have to sew back in at the end of the project are the beginning and end of the warp. (Knots and glue are no-nos. They actually weaken the weaving.)

Since tapestry weaving (which is what this is) is almost always weft-faced (meaning you don't see the warp after you're done) Knit-Cro-Sheen, Speed-Cro-Sheen or similar very strong, tightly spun threads are a much better choice for warps than the too-soft knitting worsted or sport weights.

Also, if you pack the weft threads down as you should there is no need to cut the warp ends and try to knot them together. Knotting like this is difficult, time-consuming and counter productive. Just pack that weft down until it is impossible to do it any more and when you take your project off the loom, the weft will just sproing back up into place, with your warp threads doing neat little U-turns around the top and bottom edges.