How to Use a Loom in Minecraft
by tornadrecompadre on Sun Dec 20 2020.
How to Use a Loom in Minecraft
The loom is one of the best secret tools to customize decorations in Minecraft. There are so many variations of colors and patterns the options are practically endless! Let’s talk about how to make the loom, banners, patterns and some really awesome designs!
Crafting the Loom
The loom is found on some villages already constructed, but the crafting recipe is very easy. The recipe is simply 2 planks of wood and 2 string.
Crafting a Banner
A banner is made with 6 wool and 1 stick. The color of the wool will dictate the color of the banner. All of the wool needs to be the same color.
The Loom Interface
The loom interface contains 3 parts: Banner, Dye, and Pattern. For most banner designs the Pattern slot is not required. To dye a banner with a pattern place a banner in the top left slot and a dye of any color other than the base banner color and select which pattern you want from the options that become available on the right.
There are 34 loom patterns that you can apply with the loom. In Java Edition, there are an extra 6 special patterns through the Banner Pattern items that you find or craft. In vanilla survival, you can layer these patterns on top of one another up to 6 patterns on the base banner. There are ways to have more with the /give command which is possible with cheats enabled.
How To Craft Banner Patterns
There are 4 craftable banner patterns in Minecraft:
The Flower Charge patter is made by putting 1 paper and 1 daisy in the crafting table.
How to Craft Flower Charge Pattern
The Creeper Charge pattern is made by putting 1 paper and 1 creeper mob head in the crafting table.
How to Craft Creeper Charge
The Skull Charge pattern is made by putting 1 paper and 1 with skeleton skull in the crafting table.
How to Craft Skull Charge Pattern
The Thing pattern is made by putting 1 paper and 1 Enchanted Golden Apple in the crafting table.
How to Craft Thing Pattern
The Globe pattern cannot be crafted. The only way to obtain it in Java Edition is to trade with a Master level (fully upgraded) Cartographer Villager.
To get the Snout Pattern, you must find one in a Bastion in the Nether.
In Bedrock Edition, the patterns are a little different. The Field Masoned banner pattern is crafted with 1 paper and 1 brick block. The Bordure indented banner pattern is crafted with 1 paper and 1 vines.
Uses for Banners
Banners have tons of uses in decorating different builds. They can be used to make high backed chairs, pillows for sofas, drapes on windows and -of course- as banners! There are ways to spell the entire alphabet with banners and make really cool designs like this phoenix banner.
Banners can also be stacked on top of each other. If you place a banner on a wall, and place another banner 1 block higher, the top banner will lay over and cover the top half of the bottom banner. This can be used to great effect to make tall banners with even more creative patterns.
Banner patterns can also be used side by side to create a larger image across banners horizontally, like this pyramid idea
Banners can also be placed on a shield! The image on the banner will be tranferred onto the shield peramanently. Then you can bring your epic designs into battle with you!
With all of the different patterns and colors, there are ideas that the world hasn’t seen yet. Get creative and go make some beautiful banners!