Looms to Laser

10-45 min

Novice

Ages 5-18

What Will You Learn?

In this project, you will digitally design pixel art and transform your pattern into a custom loom. You will then learn and excel in the art and techniques of weaving by using your custom loom to reconstruct your unique digital design to a patterned fabric!

About Inventor City

Become artists and engineers by experimenting with your digital creativity and bringing your online designs to life with activities from inventor city. Projects include designing and building your own loom, sunglasses, 3D structures, and more!

Each Inventor City activity offers campers the experience to express and grow their digital and hands-on imagination, problem-solving skills, and technical understanding. All activities embrace the relationship between online and hands-on technologies by starting out digitally and later being assembled physically. Activities begin online, where campers showcase and practice their computer and artistic skills by designing their project through pixel art. Their custom designs are then integrated into the physical project, which they can print at home and/or order a laser cut version. Following the step by step instructions, campers then assemble their project and see their digital designs come alive! From putting their projects together, campers learn how to fabricate using different materials, experiment with various joinery methods, and gain confidence about their developing skills. Being part of the conceptual design to production process, campers take ownership of their work, thus boosting their self-esteem and their understanding of the thinking and development process.

Want to Practice with a Loom?

Follow these instructions to weaving using cardboard and yarn from Make: Magazine’s How-To: Beginner Weaving Tutorial. 

Design Your Custom Loom

Draw any image you like and transform it into a stencil to be woven by you!

Step 1

Complete the online activity: https://inventor.city/activity/loom and enter your camp’s coupon code when you’ve finished. 

Step 2

Once you’ve received your laser cut loom, it’s time to start weaving!

Weaving

Click for a larger view.
Click for a larger view.

What's Next?

You’re a weaving expert! You can now use your laser cut heddle to design more fun patterns and weave personalized fabric. Want more? Check out inventor.city to unleash your creativity and make your digital designs come to life.

Looms to Lasers

Looms to Laser

10-45 min

Novice

Ages 5-18

What Will You Learn?

In this project, you will digitally design pixel art and transform your pattern into a custom loom. You will then learn and excel in the art and techniques of weaving by using your custom loom to reconstruct your unique digital design to a patterned fabric!

About Inventor City

Become artists and engineers by experimenting with your digital creativity and bringing your online designs to life with activities from inventor city. Projects include designing and building your own loom, sunglasses, 3D structures, and more!

Each Inventor City activity offers campers the experience to express and grow their digital and hands-on imagination, problem-solving skills, and technical understanding. All activities embrace the relationship between online and hands-on technologies by starting out digitally and later being assembled physically. Activities begin online, where campers showcase and practice their computer and artistic skills by designing their project through pixel art. Their custom designs are then integrated into the physical project, which they can print at home and/or order a laser cut version. Following the step by step instructions, campers then assemble their project and see their digital designs come alive! From putting their projects together, campers learn how to fabricate using different materials, experiment with various joinery methods, and gain confidence about their developing skills. Being part of the conceptual design to production process, campers take ownership of their work, thus boosting their self-esteem and their understanding of the thinking and development process.

Want to Practice with a Loom?

Follow these instructions to weaving using cardboard and yarn from Make: Magazine’s How-To: Beginner Weaving Tutorial. 

Design Your Custom Loom

Draw any image you like and transform it into a stencil to be woven by you!

Step 1

Complete the online activity: https://inventor.city/activity/loom and enter your camp’s coupon code when you’ve finished. 

Step 2

Once you’ve received your laser cut loom, it’s time to start weaving!

Weaving

Click for a larger view.
Click for a larger view.

What's Next?

You’re a weaving expert! You can now use your laser cut heddle to design more fun patterns and weave personalized fabric. Want more? Check out inventor.city to unleash your creativity and make your digital designs come to life.

Please Note

Your safety is your own responsibility, including proper use of equipment and safety gear, and determining whether you have adequate skill and experience. Power tools, electricity, and other resources used for these projects are dangerous, unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety gear and adult supervision. Some illustrative photos do not depict safety precautions or equipment, in order to show the project steps more clearly. Use of the instructions and suggestions found in Maker Camp is at your own risk. Maker Media, Inc., disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury, or expense.