Inkle Loom Guitar Strap DIY




When most people think of weaving they think that it is a skill that is just far to complicated for them to achieve. An inkle loom is one of the most simplistic forms of weaving, the longest part is in the set up of the strands. It is east to find a pattern for an inkle loom on the internet and if you know someone that is even mildly handy with a bit of wood and some dowels you can have one knocked up in a very short amount of time.

I have had something happening on the inkle loom since the day my Dad made it for me. Its fair to say that my pile of straps is growing. I still have not used one in a proper project yet but I do believe the inkle loom bands would make excellent bag straps.

Inkle loom weaves are incredibly strong, my husbands threatens to use them as a tow rope on the 4WD, but they are far too pretty for that. So my project for my Dad was to DIY a guitar strap on the inkle loom. He picked the colours and I just had to do the rest. The hardest thing was trying to find the correct hard wear for the DIY Guitar Strap. I ended up recycling the hard wear from a belt and sewed some leather to the ends to complete the project. It's not proper professional job but I just can't seem to find the ends for the guitar straps anywhere on the internet at a reasonable price. I can buy full guitar straps for less than I can buy just the hard wear alone.

I had been posting my pictures on instagram as I was working but people seeing the strap in real life say how much better the colours look and how surprised they are with the strength and the softness of the finished DIY guitar strap. I guess that the pitfalls of using instagram as a medium.

I have been experimenting with what cottons and wools to use on the inkle loom and I am finding such great results from nearly every medium I am using. I like the think wool ones but I also like the crochet cotton weaves. I guess it doesn't matter what cottons you use on your inkle loom as long as you are happy. My favorite medium to use at the moment has to be the veregated wool as it looks like you ave weaves a far more intricate pattern than you have.

Lastly I have just received all the hard wear to fix my "proper" four shaft weaving loom. More to come on that in the very near future.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.

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