Paper weaving is a simple technique that can create a magnificent result. Our introduction to paper weaving provides a step-by-step guide and defines some important weaving terms.
- Paper cutter or craft knife and self-healing cutting mat
- Glue or tape
A few weaving terms to become familiar with:
Loom: The frame used for weaving the piece.
Warp: The pieces that run from top to bottom (up and down).
Weft: The pieces than run across the warp (side to side…think weft and right…smile)
Web: The single or whole piece created by weaving.
Step by Step
- Select two different but compatible papers. Both should be either 8 1/2” x 11” or 12” x 12” while you are learning the technique.
- The first sheet of paper will act as the loom as well as the warp. On the back of the paper, measure and mark 1” from the top and both sides. Do not cut beyond these marks or your loom will fall apart. The warp pieces can be cut straight or curved with them being all the same width or different widths.
- Cut the weft strips from the second sheet of paper (straight or curved). To make it easier, you can draw and number the curved pieces before cutting them.
- Begin weaving the first row by placing one strip of weft paper over one warps and under the next warp and repeat to the end of the row. The second row starts with placing a weft strip under one warp and over the next warp and repeat to the end of the row. Keep the weft strips pushed toward the top of the weaving.
- Alternate row one and row two until the web is complete. Secure weave ends with a touch of glue. Now you are ready to use your woven paper as an element of scrapbooking, card making, paper art, collage and other fun creations.