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Rainbow Loom Tutorials

 Warp Styles

There are two different warping methods for your rainbow looms

Option 1: warping for single use - Warp on the front side only, leaving the finished weaving attached to the loom - no need to cut and tie those warp threads, you can use the beautiful timber loom to frame your weaving. 

Option 2: warping for re-use - Warp the loom front and back and when you're finished the weaving, you can cut the warps from the back of the loom and tie them together so you can keep using your Rainbow Looms over and over again!

 

Warping for single use

Cut your length of warp thread. Start off with roughly 1 meter of thread, we can always add more thread when we run out.

Thread the warp end through the eye of the metal needle and leave a 10cm tail.

Step 1: Bring your thread up through the first hole on the bottom left of the loom, over into the corresponding hole on the right side and pull the slack though.

Step 2: Bring your needle up through the hole above and over into the corresponding hole on the other side.

Step 3: Tie the end of the warp thread onto itself at the back with a square knot

Keep a firm tension with your warp thread and repeat Step 3 until you run out of thread.

Step 4:When you run out of thread, bring the end to the back of the loom and flip the loom to the back side. Cut another length of warp thread, take the twist out and tie the new thread onto the end thread with a square or granny knot. Thread the needle through the new warp length and repeat step 3 and 4 until you reach the end of the loom and have no holes left to warp.

Step 5: Flip the loom over. Use your needle to thread the end of the warp through the thread above it. Secure the end with a double half hitch knot.

 

Using embroidery for a clean finish (optional)

Cut a length of thread to embroider the warp holes with; you can use the same thread as your warp or the same colour yarns you’re going to weave with. Thread the warp or yarn through the eye of the metal needle.

Step 1:Stitch the needle through the second left warp hole (from the back, out to the front) – pull the slack through and leave a 5cm tail out the back

Step 2:Stitch into the hole below (from front to back) pulling all the slack through

Step 3:Stitch (from back to front) the hole above and back in to the hole below (front to back)

Repeat these steps until you finish on the other side. Use this embroidery technique for both edges of the rainbow.

 

You’re ready to weave your rainbow!

 

Warping for re-use

Preparing

Cut your length of warp thread. Start off with roughly 2 meters of thread, we can always add more thread when we run out.

Take some of the twist out of the thread by pinching one end between your thumb and forefinger and sliding the thread through pinched fingers in your other hand. Repeat 3-4 times.

Thread the warp end through the eye of the metal needle and leave a 10cm tail.

Step 1:Bring your thread up through the first hole on the bottom left of the loom, over into the corresponding hole on the right side and pull the slack though, leaving a 5cm tail

Step 2:Bring your needle up through the second hole on the bottom left and over into the corresponding hole on the right side.

It should look like straight warps on the front side and angled warps on the back side.

Step 3:Don’t knot the thread to secure it, instead, wrap it around the loom 3-4 times and secure with one over hand knot (which will be easy to loosen)

Keep a firm tension with your warp thread and repeat Steps 1-2 until you run out of thread.

Before you add your new piece of warp thread, check your tension by pressing the loom flat on a table and pulling up each of the threads from where you began, along to where you are finishing – don’t let the slack go before pulling the next thread up. This slides all the loose tension to the end of your working thread and firms the tension through the warps.

Step 4:When you run out of thread, bring the end to the back of the loom and flip the loom to the back side. Cut another length of warp thread, take the twist out and tie the new thread onto the end thread with a square or granny knot. Thread the needle through the new warp length and repeat step 1-2 until you reach the end of the loomand have no holes left to warp.

Step 5: Don’t knot the thread to secure it, instead, wrap it around the loom 3-4 times and secure with one over hand knot (which will be easy to loosen)

 

You’re ready to secure your warps!

 

Securing your warps/weaving with double half hitch knots

You can use this method with either your warp thread or the same yarn you are weaving your rainbow with (if using roving for weaving your rainbow, use your warp thread)

Starting at the bottom left of the loom on the inside arch, work your way all the way along to the end. Then using the same technique, start at the bottom right of the outside arch, work your way all the way along to the end.

 

Weaving Your Rainbow

If you purchased the kit with that comes with the merino roving, you'll need to split the roving down the middle, lengthways to use it for both weavings on each loom.