If you are interested in making pom pom blankets, you must know how to make a pom pom blanket loom board first. The knowledge is essential because the process of making a pom-pom blanket rests heavily on the loom board.
There are two ways of making loom boards. One is with nails, and one is without nails. Of course, you can also opt to buy in the United Kingdom store.
However, you get to save money by making one. Making one also makes you more invested in the activity, which makes it all the more fun.
Read further to find out how to make a loom board!
Steps On How To Make A Pom Pom Blanket Loom Board
Below are three steps on how to make a loom board. We will discuss the one that has nails first. Then, we will discuss the one without nails; and use dowels instead.
Step #1. Prepare the materials
First, you need to prepare your materials. It would help if you had batons, nails, a hammer, and angle joints or brackets in making a loom board.
We will use two batons measuring 21 ½ inches for the top and bottom parts of the loom board for your reference. Then, we will use two batons measuring 31 inches for the sides of the loom board.
You are free to use a longer or shorter baton! The length is just an example as the baton’s sizes determine the number of nails that one needs to use.
You would need 14 pieces of nails for the top and bottom parts for this loom board size. As for the sides, you would need 21 nails. All nails should be ½ inch nails for consistency.
Naturally, you would also need a hammer. It’s so that you can secure your nails. Be sure to set the nails up at the same height.
The last material you need is the angle joint or bracket. You need four of these for the four corners of the loom board.
Step #2. Join the batons together
After preparing your materials, you should join the batons together. The joint is essential to the board will be stable before you hammer your nails.
What you need to do is place the batons together. Then, at its conjunction, set up the angle joints. You can set it up inside the frame or outside.
Install the angle joints properly so they won’t twist out of shape.
If you are curious, angle brackets are L-shaped latches that fuse two parts. In this case, you are merging batons for the loom board at a 90-degree angle.
They come in metal, wood, or plastic forms. For loom boards, UK experts recommend that you use metal brackets. The use of metal brackets is to be sure that the loom board is well-supported.
Step #3. Hammer your nails
After joining the batons, you would need to hammer your nails. However, you need to find your batons’ centre points first for all four of the batons.
After that, you make a crossover point from the two conjoined batons’ centre point. From the crossover point, measure 1 ½ in along the frame to hammer your nails in.
Mark every 1 ½ of the whole frame from the crossover point to identify where you have to have to hammer your nails in. Then, you can secure your nails!
As mentioned earlier, the nails should be secured and placed evenly. The correct placement is to ensure the evenness of your end product.
Can you make loom boards without nails?
The short answer is yes. There are loom boards that have pegs instead of nails. These decrease the risk of getting scratches due to nails.
It would help if you had circular wooden dowels for peg loom boards, a wood drill bit, a drill, and a square wood dowel.
- Step #1. First, you have to cut the circular dowels to the same length. Sand the ends of the dowels and drill a 2mm hole into each stick.
- Step #2. Then, prepare your square dowel and mark for holes. We recommend marking them 3cm apart. You can line them in different lengths; be consistent in your markings.
- Step #3. After this, you can use a 6mm drill bit to drill holes about 1cm into the square dowel. Then, stick the circular dowels into the holes.
It will be a tight fit, but that’s what we’re precisely going for anyway! It should be a solid fit for it to be stable. After filling all holes with pegs, you’re all done and ready to weave.
What are the standard sizes for loom boards?
There are different sizes for pom-pom blanket loom boards. You can get one mentioned earlier or something smaller or larger to accommodate your needs.
However, the first distinction you have to know is that 1.5” spaced nails/dowels create numerous small pom poms. On the other hand, 2” spaced nails/dowels make larger but fewer pom poms.
After all this, you now know how to make a pom pom blanket loom board. Not just one type, but two! Now that you can make your loom boards by yourself, you can proceed to make pom-pom blankets.