How to Build a Lap Weaving Loom


Lap looms are a great introduction to the art of weaving. They come in various shapes including square, rectangular and hexagonal. They are easy to set up and to weave with, great for kids who want to learn a craft and small enough to fit in your lap. Lap looms are not expensive, are readily available and are an easy do-it-yourself project.

Step 1

Sand all the wood until it is smooth. There should be no rough edges that may snag the weaving material.

Step 2

Lay the 16-inch pieces of wood vertically on the work surface, parallel to each other, about 10 inches apart. Lay the 11-inch pieces on top of them, one at the top and one at the bottom.

Step 3

Square up the corners. Clamp them together. You have a frame.

Step 4

Put two wood screws in each corner to hold the frame together. Use the drill to make pilot holes if needed.

Step 5

Remove the clamps, and sand any rough spots. The loom is ready to use. The shortest piece, the wooden slat, is called a "shed." Use it while you are weaving.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use a work surface that will not be harmed by drilling holes.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood:
  • 2 pieces for the top and bottom, 3/4-by-1 1/2-by-11 inches
  • 2 pieces for the sides, 3/4-by-1 1/2-by-16 inches
  • 1 wooden slat for the shed, about 1-by-1-by-10 inches
  • Additional supplies:
  • 8 wood screws, 11/4-inch flathead
  • Tools:
  • 4 C-clamps
  • Sandpaper, medium and light grit
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Drill, optional to drill pilot holes


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About this Author

Susan Brockett worked in the computer industry as a technical writer for nearly 20 years at companies including Motorola and Dell Computer Systems. In addition, her articles have appeared in Society of Technical Communications publications. Brockett has a master's degree in English composition and communications from Kansas State University.

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