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How to Weave Without Special Equipment



You can create woven pieces without purchasing a loom or other special equipment. Use this tutorial to weave with an old wood picture frame and nails.

This tutorial comes to us from Jenya of MyEvaForeva, who had no special knowledge of weaving before trying this out! 

Weaving 1


  • An old wood picture frame
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Strong thread
  • Yarn
  • Scissors


Weaving 2

Hammer nails through the top and bottom of the frame about leaving about ¼ to ½ inch spaces between them. Please don’t judge my sewing by my nail hammering!

Weaving 3

Using any type of strong thread or yarn secure one end over the first nail. Then just weave through each one making a zig-zag like in the photo. Secure the end over the last nail.

Weave 4

Pick a yarn (or whatever you’d like to use) and …start weaving. I just used my fingers to weave (guide) my yarn though the threads but it would be SO much easier if I’d have a special tool for that but for the purpose of this tutorial for a first time weaving experiment just put your fingers to work.

Weave 5

When I ran out of yarn I made knots so it doesn’t unweave.

Weave 6

This is your finished product. Pretty!

Weave 7

I carefully took two loops of the nails at a time and made knots so they would hold. Now it's up to you what to do with this. You can make a pillow or a scarf. 

Weave 8

Weave 9

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Reviews More Reviews

Aug 19, 2010

Excellent photos with the step by steps!


Feb 26, 2010

I have made this loom and it works great1 However, I used macrame yarn and would like to use that woven side as the front of a bag and material for the back. How do I sew the two sides together? There are a the exposed strings of yarn.


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Feb 20, 2010

I was wondering how I could weave a belt with the perfect colors, I think this just might work. Thank you for the inspiration. YIsakson


Feb 19, 2010

I wasn't sure exactly what it was you were tying off. Were you tying the two loops left to right to each other, or just tying the top and bottom loops into knots? I really want to thank you for your lesson though. It was great! ReasonsTreasures


Feb 18, 2010

i love this its great i always wanted to learn how to weave this makes it simple


Feb 15, 2010

Jenya - This is very clever, and ingenious. It is something that I think all of us who have wanted to weave but haven't because of the price of looms will want to do. I know I will be trying this soon. gb


Feb 14, 2010

To DEE777, When you finish the piece,tie off the warp at the ends with each other and cut off or weave with a needle back into the fabric. Fortunately, you don't have to tie the sides of the weft or woof (your yarn filler). Will that help?I'm used to larger looms that you have to roll the warp on at each end, but I' ve worked on some smaller projects too. A weaver wo a loom


Feb 14, 2010

Awesome Tutorial! Thank you soooooo Much!


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