Circular Weaving Just Some Thoughts

A Look at Circular Weaving

Circle Weaves by The Weaving LoomSome of you may have noticed, but I’ve really grown fond of circular weaving. I still also love to weave in a regular straight warped loom way also, but circular weaving provides new challenges and new ways to use weaving techniques.

Take the twill weave for example. When woven on a straight warped loom, it makes a nice diagonal texture, but when woven on a circular loom it creates a spiral.

Circle Weaves by The Weaving LoomEven just weaving the plain weave has it’s challenges because, as you know, the warp threads are really tight in the center of the circle and spread out towards the edges. This really changes how your woven “stitches” look.

Circle Weaves by The Weaving LoomIt took me a while, but as you can see I was able to get loops and shag to work on a circular loom too. The process was a bit complicated and I might share them in a pattern in the future, but I’m really happy with how they look.

When you get stuck in your work, the best solution is to try something new. You could pick up a totally different art medium, or even approach your weaving differently. Circular weaving is a really great different approach to weaving for me. It’s different enough that I have to think outside my normal weaving, but at the same time I can try out weaving techniques and learn more about the craft overall.

Circle Weaves by The Weaving LoomIf you’re interested in trying circular weaving, check out my posts on how to get started and circular techniques here. Oh and my post on how to warp an embroidery hoop is included in that post grouping, so there is no need to purchase another loom if you’d rather not.

Circle Weaves by The Weaving LoomI also have placed a lot of these weaves in my Etsy shop, so check them out!

What do you think of circular weaving? Have you tried it yet or is it something you would like to try?

Happy Weaving!


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  • Jessica
    August 26, 2016 at 11:53 am

    These are beautiful and make me so happy! Between you and Midgins Etsy shop I am really wanting to try my hand at some weaving. I already have a giant wishlist of pretty yarn and fabric so I guess I finally found a use for them 🙂

    • Kate
      August 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad to be able to inspire you to weave! Hopefully you can give it a try soon, I’m sure you’ll love it! Keep me posted 🙂

  • blanche
    September 24, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Hello, thanks for all the tips and tricks. do you have a lesson on how to make the round pom pom looking centre (tassles). yours is peach purple pink yellow and white.


  • bre
    December 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Hi, im a high school art student in sculpture class. Im incorporating weaving into my theme and I’m fascinated by the fringy- pom pom weavings (the hot pink, white and brass yarn) do you have a lesson on how to weave the yarn onto the circular loom? Thanks!

    • Kate
      December 15, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Hi, it is a shag weave that is made with a bunch of rya knots. I was thinking of putting together a pattern for this, but I don’t have any tutorial at the moment.