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Topic: Is it possible to weave your own ribbons?  (Read 1142 times)
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abbie17
« on: November 20, 2010 07:04:41 PM »

Hi! I'm really interested in making my own ribbons. I was wondering if it's at all possible to do this at home? Is it done on a loom, and if so, how, and what kind of loom?

I tried doing some google searches but only got instructions for how to weave placemats from store-bought ribbons and that sort of thing. I'm looking to actually make the ribbons themselves. I did find some places that sell huge metal ribbon-making machines like you might find in a factory, but I guess I'm looking for something more . . . low-tech.

So . . . is this possible?

Thanks!
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francorios
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010 08:39:43 PM »

Yes, you can look up tape weaving and band weaving.

Tablet or card weaving can make ribbons.

You can also take a look at my loom made from a clipboard.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=335814.0

Have a good day!
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Ohnomysweet
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011 11:09:34 AM »

Very possible!

All you need to do is make a thin, long warp and then have at it! I would use something with the smallest rpi as possible so that it's not chunky (very few ribbons are chunky) and then if you're really going for that "ribbon" feel use as close to a silk as you can get. Bamboo is very silky and is a dream to weave with.
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textilejnkie
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011 01:55:55 PM »

take a look at inkle weaving.  you can do all kinds of patterns.
If you want a shiny "satin" ribbon you will need to have more shafts because that is a twill. To reduce loom costs look into back strap weaving for that.


I've seen lovely inkle or tablet (card) woven bands made out of silk embroidery thread OR pearl cotton embroidery floss.
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