Make Your Own Weaving Sticks | Diane Ziomek | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What You'll Need

    • 3. Measuring and Drilling

    • 4. Measuring and Cutting the String

    • 5. Sanding and Finishing

    • 6. Wrapping It Up

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About This Class

Thank you for joining me! In this class, I will teach you how to make your own weaving sticks from simple and inexpensive materials. These sticks are my best-seller in my Etsy Shop, but why wait for them to be shipped when you can make your own in an hour or two.

I have made myself sets in different sizes, but in this class I will be using 3/8" craft sticks, which are available at most craft stores or the craft section in your local Dollar Store.

For those who have taken my first class, Learn to Spin Your Own Yarn, this is a great way to show off your yarn.


To see a visual demonstration of how to use the weaving sticks, here is the free enrollment link.

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Diane Ziomek

Writer/Fiber Artist NotJustAlpaca on Etsy


Diane Ziomek is an Indie Author and Fiber Artist. Her love of crafts began at an early age when her grandmother taught her how to knit, crochet and sew. Through the years she did a variety of crafts, but always went back to crochet. When her children were young she operated a mail-order fabric business and provided custom quilting services.

After a major life change in 2005, she pursued her dream of becoming a writer. She began writing online, and in 2012 she self-published the first of several works of nonfiction and fiction, which can be found on Amazon, Kobo and Lulu.

Her writing abilities, craft skills and drive for a better life have been combined to design patterns, write books and share her love of fiber arts with others as a teacher on Skillshare. In addition to be... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name is Diane Joe MK, and I'm writer and fiber artist, and I also have a net see shop, which is called not just Alpaca. In this class, we're going to learn how to make weaving sticks which arm a bestseller on etc. And they're simply made from basic craft out and you can make your own. And there's also instructions to but you can download, which will teach you how to use the leaving sticks once you have made them. I look forward to seeing your projects and I'll see you in lesson one. Thanks. 2. What You'll Need: Hi. Welcome to class on making your own leaving sticks, the's air, the supplies you're going to need. We're going to start with the drill. You can use either a Cordless or an electric drill with a 5 64th Drillbit, a Pandora pencil for marking a ruler or a steel tape measure. If you prefer a two hole pencil sharpener, the craft dowels a C clown. Some cotton string are crochet. Cotton is what this is actually for making the loops, sandpaper and a couple pieces of scrap public. Now, if you'll join me in the next class, I'll show you how to mark and drill the holes. See you then. 3. Measuring and Drilling: Hi. Welcome back in this lesson. You're going to learn how to mark the sticks and drill holes. And then what we're also going to do is cut the thanks of string to put through the holes. So what I do is referring to take out. We're just going to use six sticks if I could get a package open with a set of six thes thesis size of the stick is 3/8 of an inch, and they generally come in packs of 10. You can make your stick smaller if you like. I used some actor. My best seller or Nancy is the quarter inch leaving sticks. Okay, so what we're going to do? Yes, we're going to mark one inch and I know I'm Canadian and I should be doing centimeters. But inches is so much easier for me. We're going to mark one inch from the end of the stick, and we're going to do this on every every stick. Take a quick minute, just use your pencil, or if you want to use your pan, that's fine, too. But I prefer to use pencil. Okay, sticks are marked, and, uh, if you like, you could use your C clamp to secure your stick to the table. But as I don't have a flat table, it's not going to work well for me. So we're going to do now is we're going to draw the whole very carefully. I'm going to make a mess on my floor. That's all right. So try and keep your drill a straight as possible so your whole goes through straight. There you have it. One done. We'll do the rest Real quick. Thier holes don't go through straight completely. It's That's quite alright, what you might want to do on the backside, where your drill but comes out. It's just lightly phrase it was. Graze it with your spinning bitch. But this is a step that only season drill use or should be doing because it can get dangerous. It's probably wiser to use the sandpaper on the backside of a whole as opposed to drill, but like I do, two more. That's all there is to it. Now. What we're going to do next is measure our length of string for each stick, and we're gonna go about eight inches. If you bear with me. I forgot my scissors so we're just gonna come, Lacks the strength, but eight inches and in the rest we can just measure for 4. Measuring and Cutting the String: welcome back in this lesson. We're going to learn how to cover. We're going to cut the string from. I had planned on doing eight inch length, but I realized 10 inches is better. But you can stick with the eight inch if you like, so we'll do a 10 inch instead of measuring each one. We could just run along there, just measured against the previous one. We need to cut six of these. They don't have to all be exactly the same length. But reasonably close is better. We'll continue to cut. These were at four. My battery is running low on my phones. Have to do this real quick. Five 10 6 They're your strings cut. The next lesson we're going to learn. We're going to sound the sticks and we're going to put the strings through and taper the ends. See, then 5. Sanding and Finishing: welcome back in this lesson, going to sand the sticks and had the strings. So what you want to do is just make sure that you get the rough edges off of the drill had gone straight. That'll forbid Here strings from for your yarn catching on it. I'm not going to san everyone individually because it just takes time. And you see here how there's, uh an impression. Imperfection on the on, the on the double. That's all right. Just sound over it just to keep it just to make it even make sure there's no refuges. And if you're so uncomfortable with it, you can always use it for something else and still one of the other six. Okay, so that was fairly level fairly early, Smooth. Now, even with the hedges, even with the imperfection here now, the next thing we're going to do this, we're going to take one piece of string and you're going to put it through the hole. Might take a little bit of coaxing to get it through. It's not always the easiest thing to good to cooperate. Well, here we go. Almost three. Okay, now what? You want to do that you're going to, you're going to one even Lothian's of it like so And then you're just gonna make one simple not at the end, just blue, Peter and finger and pull it through lips just putting off my camera over and tighten it, and that's all there is to it. Next, what you will do is you take the sharpener and you could just slightly taper the end of this one. Use the big use the big, big hole, just like so, then for your other end that your urine is going to be going over you. You don't want a sharp point, but you also don't want it flat either, as you consume having a little bit of difficulty. So it is catching on this and just a bit. There's your taper. That's all you should need. Now. What we're going to do is going to San. The end of this is just to smooth out any badges and you will repeat the process with the other five sticks. And with that will we will have the finished finish stepped with in the next in the wrapping it up session. See them 6. Wrapping It Up: Welcome back now. Here are the Here is the set of six leaving six. All complete. And I'm sure some of you have been wondering You've probably seen the writing on this ruler . This is a ruler I've had for ages. So what's a man with 12 inches? A liar? I just thought it was kind of funny. Now, if you will, would like to post your projects. That would be great. And there is a download available for the instructions on how to use the weaving sticks themselves. So thank you for joining me. And I look forward to seeing your projects.