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« on: October 18, 2005 02:54:23 PM »

So I am supposed to be studying, but this little thing is sitting on my desk saying that it wants to be played with.

It was in a box by all my old toys. I didn't see any instructions in it. But the box had become a temporary home for a mouse (it was since gone). The mouse seemed to like tearing up the yarn that was in there and storing sunflower seed shells. Don't worry, I soaked it in bleach water to kill all the mouse germs.
Is there anything cool I can do with this? How do I use it?
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2005 03:18:46 PM »

I had that same loom when I was little! You just tie the yarn around one of the bottom posts and weave it back and forth between those posts, the hooks to the left in the picture, and then the posts in the back. Just make sure you alternate which row of hooks you use, because that's how you make it really easy to weave. You just push the pink levers on the side to raise and lower the hooks. As the piece gets longer, you can turn the front knobs to get the woven part out of the way. Have fun with it!

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2005 04:05:17 PM »

*turns front knobs* ooh! It gets longer.
Thanks so much for your help. The little stick things are for holding the yarn right? Would there be any reason there are 3? Perhaps for 3 different colors?
So this just does a basic weave, right? Nothing fancy?
I hope I have time to use it, I really shouldn't be picking up another project at the moment, I have two things I am knitting and my costume is at the top of the list.
Thanks again for you help!
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2005 10:53:14 AM »

Yes, the little stick things (that look like toy ladders to me) are shuttles, and they hold the yarn you pass back & forth (also known as weft yarn).  You can have as many of those as you want--for colors, types of yarn, or whatever you might creatively decide to use.  I once had a similar loom, and they are designed to do a plain weave.  You can create other designs by picking up/selecting warp strands (the yarn strung on the loom) by hand.

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2005 08:43:23 AM »

I have pretty much the same loom AND instructions.  If you PM me I'm happy to photocopy them and mail them to you!

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