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Cardboard Loomed Cushion Tutorial

Cardboard Loomed Cushion Tutorial

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Published by SisterDiane
Use simple materials to weave a pretty home accent.
Use simple materials to weave a pretty home accent.

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Published by: SisterDiane on Feb 24, 2012
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Weaving Un-Loomed: Cardboard Loomed Cushion
Page 1© 2009 Diane Gilleland. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
Cardboard Loomed Cushion
Here, we’ll create some real woven fabric -but instead of a loom, we’ll use a piece of humble cardboard. This is a great projectfor those odd single skeins of yarn in yourstash. (And by the way, you can usethese woven squares for so many othercraft projects!)
Skill Level: Bit of a Challenge
• Piece of sturdy
cardboard, about
10” x 10” (25cm x
25cm)• Ruler and pencil• Scissors• Two 145-yard
(132 m) skeins of 
yarn: one solid,
one variegated
(The fiber content
is up to you.)• 8” (20 cm) straight
upholstery needle
(optional, see
box on next page)www.createforless.com
• Fork• Tapestry needle (large
eye, blunt point)• 1/2 yard (.46 meters)
canvas fabric• Sewing machine and
coordinating thread• 10” x 10” (25cm x
25cm) pillow form (or
simply make your own
from muslin)• One large and
wonderful button
 Two Things You Need to Know...
Weaving Un-Loomed: Cardboard Loomed Cushion
Page 2© 2009 Diane Gilleland. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
In this project, we’ll use two weaving terms:
. Here’s what they mean:
All the obvious Star Trek jokes aside, “warp” is a weaving termthat means:
the vertical threads that give a piece of weaving its underlying structure
. If you string a traditional loom, thosestrings are called warps.You’ll often find that warps are made of simpler materials, likethin yarn, thread, or twine. This simplicity makes sense, becausethe warps’ main mission is to provide structure for the wefts -which we’ll talk about next.
This is another weaving term, meaning:
the horizonal threads that pass under and over and under and over to formthe actual weave.
Depending on your project, the weft might be one super-long,continuous strand that weaves its way back and forth, or it mightbe a bunch of short strands.Weft is warp’s more flamboyant cousin. Weft can be made of bulky or novely yarns, or fabric strips, or pipecleaners, or a
multitude of other things.
Copyright and Usage
This digital tutorial is intended for you to enjoy on your screen, or print out for your personal use.The specific design herein is copyrighted, so please don’t reproduce it for commercial use. Thetechnique itself, however, is yours to use in creating your own original designs.I’ve put a great deal of time into making this tutorial as useful and inspiring as possible. I’d begrateful if you’d respect these e
orts by keeping your copy for your own enjoyment, andencouraging your friends to purchase their own copies.You can find lots of free tutorials for crafts of all kinds on my blog,www.craftypod.com.
Weaving Un-Loomed: Cardboard Loomed Cushion
Page 3© 2009 Diane Gilleland. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
Make a cardboard loom1.
Begin with a very rigidpiece of corrugatedcardboard or foamboard. Inthe center, draw a square thesame size you’d like yourwoven squares to be.Make sure there’s amplespace above and below thissquare, as shown here.
Measure and mark
Draw a line about 1/2” (1.3 cm) away from the top andbottom edges of the cardboard. Then, mark 1/4” (.64 cm)intervals along both ends. These marks should fill an area aswide as your square.For the record, my squares here are 6 1/4” x 6 1/4”(15.8cm x 15.8cm). You can make yours any size you like.
For this project, you might want to get a Long Straight Tapestry needle. They’reavailable in 8”, 10” and 12” lengths. (See how they compare to a regular needle, above?)These long needles are absolutely dandy for cardboard-loom projects of all kinds. But if you don’t want to use one, you can always use a regular tapestry needle.

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