We may have caught a little bit of a weaving bug here at My Sunshine Shoppe! So far we have experimented with a few simple weaving techniques, and they are all a whole lot of fun. We really love that it doesn’t take anything to fancy to get started- we had some scraps of cardboard and a few shades of bakers twine and that was all we needed to get started! Today we will show you how to make your own Woven Twine Coaster– but this technique could easily be adapted to make a variety of other fun projects!
This is a great project for kids to get their feet wet in the fascinating world of fiber arts. It is a small handheld project that won’t take too much of a time or money investment- but there will be a big sense of accomplishment when this project is complete! Maybe as an added bonus the kids will be more likely to use a coaster that they made themselves?
Supplies Needed To Make A Woven Twine Coaster:
- Bakers Twine– the variety of colors is up to you- we like how at least 2 or three shades look together- you could definitely do more if wanted.
- Scrap Cardboard (one large piece for loom and one small piece for each shade of twine)
You will want to cut your cardboard “loom” to be slightly wider and much longer than your finished project. Our loom was 5 inches wide and 7 inches long, but our finished project was only 4 inches wide and three inches long. If you would like larger finished coasters, compensate by cutting your loom larger. Make a mark every 1/4 of an inch along the top and bottom of your loom, and cut a half inch notch at each mark.
Take one end of one of your colors of string and wind it around one of the tabs that you cut- in and out of the notches to secure it in place. This color of bakers twine will not show in the coaster but will be the “tassles” on the ends of your coaster. The tension of the twine going through both of these notches should be enough to hold your string in place, but if you have problems with slipping you could tie a knot at the very end before threading your twine through the notches.
Pull your thread across to the bottom of your loom and loop it around a notch there in a similar manner. Continue so that the strings of your loom will run across the front but only loop around the notches in the back, until you have covered the front of your loom.
Choose your color for the first stripe of your coaster and weave it through a notch at the edge of your cardboard loom.Leave a tail of an inch or so before you begin weaving- you will use this length to tie your tassles. You can use long pieces of bakers twine fore the weaving, but you may get a knot in extemely long string. We wound our bakers twine around a piece of cardboard- just keep in mind, you do not want this piece to become too thick to weave through your strings. Alternatively, you could also use a plastic needle for this- though the tail of your string could still become tangled. Take your first color and wrap it under the first thread of your loom and over the next, alternating until you have reached the other side. Once there, begin to weave in reverse. If you ended by going under your last thread, you will now go over it and continue to alternate until you have reached the other side. Do not pull too tight when weaving pack and forth- it will make your coaster roll and curl at the ends. If it helps, keep one thumb on the last string of your loom as you weave away from it to prevent it from pulling too far inwards.
Continue to weave your string back and forth, occasionally pushing your thread up or down as needed so that your weaving does not get too stretched out.
When it is time to switch colors, you have two options. If you don’t mind a bit of a bump in your finished project, you can simply connect your strands by tying a knot and trimming the ends, like below. If you would prefer for your project not to have any extra lumps, you could also leave a long tail of the colors you are starting and ending, and weave over and under them along with the string they are notched in with.
Continue to weave until you are satisfied with the size of your coaster. Slip the ends off the cardboard notches. The threads will be in loops- tie each of these loops into a knot as close to your coaster as possible to keep your weaving in place.
Once you have knotted all of your loops, trim the ends of the tassles to make them even.
We had such a blast making these woven twine coasters! We would love to make a set to give as a gift! If you scaled up the size of the loom, trimmed off the tassels and added a braided loop this would make a wonderful potholder. What about a smaller loom to make cute woven Christmas ornaments? We think that this is just the beginning of lots of cute projects- but we would love to hear what you think! Will you be trying your hand at some simple weaving?