How to Make Lap Loom Patterns


Learning to weave on a lap loom is a quick way to understand the construction of many textiles. A lap loom can be anything from a square piece of cardboard to a commercially available frame loom. The base fibers are vertical and called the warp. The horizontal fibers are called the weft. Fabrics are classified by the density of warp to weft fibers visible on the surface. There are three main weave structures: plain, twill and satin. Other structures are merely variations of these.

Things You'll Need

  • Lap loom
  • Yarn (or other flexible fiber)
  • Wooden chopstick

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