Wednesday

Fisher-Price Loom Set Up Instructions/Tutorial


When I was eight or nine years old I received a Fisher Price Loom as a gift. I spent many hours that winter weaving purses, bags, and placemats with it. It must have been packed away when I was in middle school, and I forgot all about it until 20 years later. I called my mom one day and said, "I wish I had kept that loom, it was such a cool toy and I think our daughter would love it." I was sure I had taken it to the Goodwill when I was preparing to move to Colorado.


About I week later, I received a box from my parents. The loom! They found it in a box in the attic, and all of the pieces were there. A few of my readers have written to ask how to set up this loom, so I thought I would share a little photo tutorial with you. If you have this loom, you should have:

1. Six nuts 

2. The heddle

3. Two levers

4. Two cross bars with letters, one without letters

5. Two side panels

Okay, here we go!
First, look at the inside of the side panels and locate the L and R for left and right sides. There are corresponding letters, and L and R on the heddle so you know which way the heddle goes.

The heddle goes between the panels into the circular opening.

Locate the levers, they are also conveniently labeled L and R. 

Put the end of the heddle through the circular opening in the panel and snap the lever onto the end of the heddle. This is the trickiest part of set up- it is a snug fit and requires careful pressure because you don't want to snap the plastic parts.

Repeat this for the other side, the lever secures the heddle and is used to move it up and down.

Find the cross bar without the letters and secure it between the side panels below and behind the heddle. It goes into the opening that is square.

Use one nut on each side to tighten the cross bar.

 Find the cross bar that has the teeth on the bottom and ends on the letter V. 

This bar needs to go between the panels at the front of the looom. Secure with a nut at each end.

The last cross bar has teeth on the top and ends with the letter U. When securing the top cross bar, be sure the heddle is properly placed between the panels. The levers should raise the heddle up and down as shown in the photos below.

Secure the top cross bar with a nut at each end.

You are all done- your loom is set up!

This is what it should look like when the lever and heddle are in the down position.

This is what it should look like when the lever and heddle are in the up position.

Begin weaving by securing your warp at the front of the loom. To warp, simply wrap the warp around a "lettered tooth" at each pass.

When you get to the top of the loom, you will approach the matching letter at the top cross bar, and alternate as you warp up and down between the top and slot of the heddle. It sounds confusing, but once you do it you will see how simple and intuitive this step is. You can make the warp as wide or narrow as you wish.

It is my experience that the shuttle and the comb are the easiest parts to lose from this loom. These are the ones that come with the loom:

If you lose your shuttle, you can simply use another one, like this one from Schacht.

Once you warp the loom and get your shuttles ready, you can start weaving!

Lift and lower the lever between each pass of the shuttle.

You will fall into a rhythm within a few passes.

Fun, isn't it? I think they should re-issue the Fisher Price Loom. I am so glad I didn't give it away after all!

Happy Weaving!


14 comments:

  1. How fun! We made makeshift looms for beading out of wood and leather and spent HOURS weaving as kids. Thanks for sharing! <3

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    1. That sounds fun, Emily!I haven't tried weaving with beads yet, I would love to learn, though!

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  2. Thank you so much for going to the trouble of making this great 'user manual' for the F-P Loom! I have the one my mother gave my baby sister (11 years my junior) and then I picked up another for a couple of bucks at a Goodwill store. Weaving [i]is[/i] fun, but I'm trying to avoid getting a larger (grown-up?) loom.

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    1. Hi Jessica, That is great! I am glad my post will be helpful to you! Happy Weaving!

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  3. I am going to keep my eyes open for one of these! Isobel (7.5) and Penelope (just 4) caught the weaving bug at this summer's Fiber Revival in Newburyport MA. Of course, they were using some beautiful adult looms, which, as a non-weaver, I'm not quite ready to invest in :)

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    1. I hear they can be found at Thrift Shops and Yard Sales... so you just never know! It is, in my opinion, the best children's loom out there!! So glad to hear your girls have been bit by the "weaving bug" -how sweet!

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  4. Hi,
    I just found your post on with this great user guide. I was going to put mine together, but realized I don't have the two levers for the rigid heddle to raise and lower.:( do you know if it will work without them or a place I can get them from?

    Thanks you,

    Alaa

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    1. Hm. Good question! You need a way to raise and lower the heddle, but I think you could probably arrange it with a clamp and a flat slat of wood instead of the handle. Try a few different options and see what works best for you!

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  5. I had one of these when I was younger and have been tearing my parents' house apart trying to find with no luck, do you know of any place that may still hae one of these? I've checked ebay & amazon and have found similar wood options but this was a childhood toy would love to share with my daughter, any help would be appreciated!
    Crista

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    1. Hi Crista,
      I do see these looms crop up from time to time on ebay, I hope you can find one soon! This is my original one that I had from when I was around 8, my mom found it in the attic :)

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  6. My parents found mine and brought it to my 4yr old son. He loves it and has finished a piece and I am stuck at how to remove the section he has done so that he can make another. The hope was to seam to sections together for a scarf. Do you have instructions for removing a piece?

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    1. That is so neat! I am sure he is loving this little loom! I think you just slip the loops off of the teeth at the top and bottom of the loom to remove it!

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  7. thank you so much for all the lovely pictures to go with the instructions. Would you be able to include some instructions on how to finish a completed project for any newbies to weaving such as myself.

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    1. Hi Jessica! Thanks for writing, the loom is in storage right now so I can't do a tutorial on finishing instructions. When you are doing weaving, the easiest way to finish on this loom is to slip the warp yarn loops off of the alphabet pegs and then cut and tie the warp yarn into a style of knot that you like. I hope that helps!

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