Step 1: Make Cardboard Loom
Cut a piece of cardboard 2 inches by 5 inches (5cm by 12cm). Use cardboard that is medium to heavy in
weight—tablet backs work well. Starting about one quarter inch (6mm) from the left edge, make 13 marks
one eighth inch (3mm) apart on one short edge. Repeat on the other short end.
Snip the cardboard about one eighth inch (3mm) in at each mark.
Step 2: Warp Loom with String
First, lengthwise threads are put on a loom. These threads are known as the warp, and the process of
putting the them on the loom is called warping the loom.
We will warp the cardboard loom with string. Tape the string end to the back of the cardboard. Starting
from the left, wrap the string around the cardboard 13 times being sure to catch it in each notch at the top
and bottom, in turn left to right. After going through the last notch, tape the string on the back of the
cardboard and cut from ball of string.
- Step 3: Weave Bookmark
Next, you will weave the yarn, also known as the weft,
into the string to form the bookmark fabric.
Thread the yarn needle with a length of yarn no longer than your arm. Starting at one end of the cardboard,
weave the yarn into the string by going under then over the strings all across the cardboard. Pull
the yarn through the string leaving a 3 to 4 inch (7-10cm) tail. Use the comb
(or fork) to push the yarn down to the
bottom of the string evenly.
Now go back the other direction, but weave over then under the strings. Pull the yarn completely
through, but not too tight. Push the yarn down on top of the last row with the comb. Continue weaving back
and forth, alternating the rows between under then over and over then under, for the
entire length of the cardboard. Try to make your edges, also known as selvedges, straight and even.
You will need several lengths of yarn to complete the bookmark. Leave a 3 to 4 inch (7-10cm) tail at the
beginning and end of each piece of yarn. When you start a new length of yarn, start it two or three warp threads back
from where the last yarn length ended—so that they overlap a bit.
Leave all the loose ends on the back side of the bookmark—under
the fabric being woven and next the cardboard. The loose ends look messy now, but later we will
- Step 4: Finish Bookmark
Cut the threads on the back of loom in the middle. Pull the threads from the notches 2 or 3 at a time
and tie a knot as close to the yarn as possible. Do this for all the threads at each end of the bookmark.
If needed, trim the strings to make an even fringe at each end.
To hide a loose yarn end, thread it through the yarn needle and weave it into the bookmark a few times—
try to make it invisible. Snip the loose end as close as possible to the fabric. Repeat the process
for each loose end.