How to Weave a Miniature Rug

Learn how to weave a miniature circular rug using a paper bowl.

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How to Weave a Miniature Rug
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Place a piece of tape on the bottom of your paper bowl and label it with your name and class code.

Place a piece of tape on the bottom of your paper bowl and label it with your name and class code.

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Push your warp string UP through Hole 1 and tape it to the botto, of your bowl.

Push your warp string UP through Hole 1 and tape it to the botto, of your bowl.

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Find Hole 2 and push the other end of your warp string UP through it.

Find Hole 2 and push the other end of your warp string UP through it.

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Push your warp string DOWN through Hole 3.

Push your warp string DOWN through Hole 3.

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Pull the string tight so that it looks like a line connecting the dots.

Pull the string tight so that it looks like a line connecting the dots.

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Find Hole 4 and push the string UP through it.

Find Hole 4 and push the string UP through it.

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Push the string down through Hole 5.

Push the string down through Hole 5.

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Pull it tight.

Pull it tight.

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Go UP through hole 6 and DOWN through hole 7. Pull tight.

Go UP through hole 6 and DOWN through hole 7. Pull tight.

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Go UP through hole 8 and DOWN through hole 9. Pull tight.

Go UP through hole 8 and DOWN through hole 9. Pull tight.

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Go UP through hole 12 and DOWN through hole 13. Pull tight.

Go UP through hole 12 and DOWN through hole 13. Pull tight.

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Go UP through hole 14 and DOWN through hole 15. Pull tight.

Go UP through hole 14 and DOWN through hole 15. Pull tight.

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Go UP through hole 16 and DOWN through hole 17. Pull tight.

Go UP through hole 16 and DOWN through hole 17. Pull tight.

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The bottom of your bowl should look like this.

The bottom of your bowl should look like this.

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The top of your bowl should look like this.

The top of your bowl should look like this.

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Tie the end of your warp string in a knot in the middle of all the other strings and tuck it into the bottom of the bowl.

Tie the end of your warp string in a knot in the middle of all the other strings and tuck it into the bottom of the bowl.

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Choose your first piece of yarn and tie it in a knot around one leg of your warp string.

Choose your first piece of yarn and tie it in a knot around one leg of your warp string.

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Slide it down to the center of the bowl.

Slide it down to the center of the bowl.

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Tape the other end of your yarn to a Popsicle stick or weaving needle.

Tape the other end of your yarn to a Popsicle stick or weaving needle.

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Use the Popsicle stick to help you weave OVER and UNDER the warp strings.

Use the Popsicle stick to help you weave OVER and UNDER the warp strings.

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Pull the string tight as you go along. At first, it won't really look like much.

Pull the string tight as you go along. At first, it won't really look like much.

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To find where you were working last, gently pull straight up on your yarn and you can see the last time you went UNDER the warp string.

To find where you were working last, gently pull straight up on your yarn and you can see the last time you went UNDER the warp string.

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Continue weaving in the same direction.

Continue weaving in the same direction.

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Pull tightly on your yarn once in awhile and you should see a spiral starting to form.

Pull tightly on your yarn once in awhile and you should see a spiral starting to form.

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Keep going!

Keep going!

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Push the strings in nice and tight to hide the warp strings.

Push the strings in nice and tight to hide the warp strings.

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When your yarn gets as short as reaching the edge of the bowl, it's time to start a new string. You can get the same color or a new one to create a pattern.

When your yarn gets as short as reaching the edge of the bowl, it's time to start a new string. You can get the same color or a new one to create a pattern.

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Remove the old yarn from the Popsicle stick. Save your tape!

Remove the old yarn from the Popsicle stick. Save your tape!

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Tie the new yarn to the old yarn with a double knot. Start by making an X.

Tie the new yarn to the old yarn with a double knot. Start by making an X.

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Wrap one color over the other to make a twist.

Wrap one color over the other to make a twist.

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Make a second X.

Make a second X.

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Cross one color over the other to make a twist.

Cross one color over the other to make a twist.

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Pull tightly to make a double knot!

Pull tightly to make a double knot!

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Tape the other end of your yarn to the Popsicle stick.

Tape the other end of your yarn to the Popsicle stick.

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Co it use weaving with the now long piece of yarn.

Co it use weaving with the now long piece of yarn.

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As you weave, the spot where your knot is might have tails sticking up out of the bowl. You want to hide those, so push them down into the bowl.

As you weave, the spot where your knot is might have tails sticking up out of the bowl. You want to hide those, so push them down into the bowl.

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The knot tails should look like this.

The knot tails should look like this.

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Continue weaving with your new color.

Continue weaving with your new color.

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You can even try weaving without a Popsicle stick or weaving needle if you want.

You can even try weaving without a Popsicle stick or weaving needle if you want.

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Continue tying double knots when it's time to add more yarn.

Continue tying double knots when it's time to add more yarn.

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Keep pulling the yarn tight so you can't see the warp strings.

Keep pulling the yarn tight so you can't see the warp strings.

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When you are happy with the size of your rug weave until the end of your yarn. Try to make your weaving bigger than this one!

When you are happy with the size of your rug weave until the end of your yarn. Try to make your weaving bigger than this one!

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Flip the bowl over and cut the string where it is connecting the dots.

Flip the bowl over and cut the string where it is connecting the dots.

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Flip the bowl back over. You should now have two loose warp strings.

Flip the bowl back over. You should now have two loose warp strings.

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Double knot the warp strings together close to the weaving.  It's very important to double knot so that the weaving doesn't fall apart!

Double knot the warp strings together close to the weaving. It's very important to double knot so that the weaving doesn't fall apart!

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Continue cutting and knotting until all strings are off except the one going through Hole 1.

Continue cutting and knotting until all strings are off except the one going through Hole 1.

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Cut the string a little above the number.

Cut the string a little above the number.

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Double knot this string with one of its next-door neighbors.

Double knot this string with one of its next-door neighbors.

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It's time for a haircut! Trim all of the knot tails (they should all be on the bottom of your rug).

It's time for a haircut! Trim all of the knot tails (they should all be on the bottom of your rug).

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You can even trim the warp string knot tails if you would like.

You can even trim the warp string knot tails if you would like.

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Don't cut too close to your knot or you might cut the knot off!

Don't cut too close to your knot or you might cut the knot off!

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Your weaving is finished!

Your weaving is finished!

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Here are some examples of different color patterns and sizes. What will you do with your miniature rug?

Here are some examples of different color patterns and sizes. What will you do with your miniature rug?

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Don't forget to remove your name tag and leftover warp string. Tape your name tag to the bottom of your rug.

Don't forget to remove your name tag and leftover warp string. Tape your name tag to the bottom of your rug.

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