DIY Weaving Loom from Picture Frame

My recent obsession with weaving has taken me to the far ends of the internet.

Every gem of information I find leads me to another question and helps me understand what I've learned earlier on. I love learning something new!

I mentioned in my last post that when the weaving fever first hit me I grabbed whatever I had lying around and went to work. If you have every wanted to start weaving without investing any money in the hobby, here's a quick tutorial for a simple loom!


  • Wooden picture frame - (optional) with particle board back
  • Nails or pins
  • Yarn or twine
  • Thin stick or ruler

I happened to have an empty, glassless frame waiting for an unknown project. It had a thin sheet of particle board stapled onto the back of it, but if you don't have this or want to take this step simply take the glass and back out of any wooden frame.

Because the edges of particle board act similar to a cork board I was able to use sewing pins and stick them evenly out of both sides of my 'loom'. If you are only using a wooden picture frame you can also nail small nails out of the top and bottom.

When your 'pegs' (pins or nails) are in place grab some string, and make a small knot on the first pin to hold it in place. Then run it back and forth from peg to peg until each peg has an end wrapped around it. Knot the end of the string to hold it in place.

In weaving there are ways of cheating. They make it much easier to run the string back and forth so that the process is faster. One of these ways is by sliding a straight piece of wood (a ruler will work!) through every other string, at least one direction. 

Now your loom is all set! Grab an assortment of string/yarn/rope/twine and start weaving back and forth. There are so many weaving stitches - I still need to learn a lot of them!