photo above: My 3D Bioplastic loom was designed and built in August 2021.
On this page I show how I hade an 8" x 12" Wooden Loom and also a 5 1/4" x 9 1/2" Hand-held Plastic Loom, and I love em!
First a couple examples of small projects made on the looms I made; you can use the link above to see how I made projects on these looms, enjoy!
First I will show the little wooden loom, and below that I show the 3D printed loom including CAD files.
How to Make a Small Wooden Loom
...or I should say, here is ONE way of hundreds, that one can make a small loom. This loom is 8" x 12" and has 8 or 16 EPI (Ends per Inch.... means there will be 8 warp yarns per inch), depending on how you install the warp yarn. There are so many interesting designs even for simple hand looms. I decided to build a square frame hand-loom which will have pins on the top and bottom of the frame for attaching the warp. I made this loom from Mahogany, but you could use any wood you want.
Making a Small 3D Printed Hand Loom:
Here is my very simple yet study, basic loom. I string up the warp and then use a long needle to weave the weft across the warp strings. I 3D Printed this loom in PLA which is a "plastic" made of corn, sugar cane waste and which can be commercially composted.
You could buy a little loom such as this, or make one out of wood or cardboard. I designed mine on Fusion 360 and 3D printed it. This 3D printed loom was printed in PLA on my Prusa i3 MK3S with 50% infill. There are 5 EPI, or "ends-per-inch" on this loom; which indicates the spacing of the notches, which corroesponds to how many warp strands you will have per inch. The little green bars raise the warp up above the loom-frame which makes it easier to weave the weft through the warp in my opinion.
Here are the CAD files (.stl) if you want to print this loom, you will likely need to scale these in your CAD to achieve outer dimensions of 5.25" x 9.5" on the main frame of the loom: