If you are new to weaving and need help getting started, then you’re in the right place!
Hi, I’m Kate. I’m the person behind this blog. Back when I started trying to weave, there weren’t many resources available. I put a lot of time into researching old books and experimenting and wanted to share what I had learned. Weaving is such a fun and meaningful art form that I wanted it to be available to others to enjoy too. I started The Weaving Loom as a way to share weaving techniques that I have learned through my experiences.
This blog post is a round-up of a lot of the topics I’ve covered over the years. Especially the topics that are important to beginner’s.
Let’s start from the beginning!
- A Loom is the structure that you use to give your weave support and tension as you work. There are a few different types of looms and my blog focuses on how to use a lap loom.
- The warp thread is the thread that is strung over the loom vertically, and holds the tension while you weave. This is the backbone of your weave.
- The weft thread is the thread that you weave between, around, and all over the warp threads. It creates your patterns and design in the weave.
These are the most important terms for understanding weaving, but I have pictures and a few more weaving terms here.
Of course you’ll need a loom to start weaving. If you already have a lap loom, then great! Any of my tutorials can work on any lap loom. If you’re having trouble understanding how to do something on your specific loom then feel free to reach out to me and I’ll help the best I can (Kate@theweavingloom.com). If you don’t yet have a loom, then no problem. I have two ways to make your own loom:
- Make a frame into a loom – doing this gave me a huge 23” x 30” loom!
- Make a loom out of cardboard – really easy and can be made from cardboard you already have around the house.
- I also have some great frame looms for beginner’s in my shop
When starting out it is hard to know what tools you do and don’t need, and trust me you don’t need much. I’ve written on some of the basic weaving tools and some alternatives that might be in your home right now. I’m also including some of the yarn supplies I love.
- What is a Tapestry Beater and how does it work?
- The Tapestry Needle
- The Benefits of a Shed Stick
- My favorite warp thread
- My favorite hand-spun/hand-dyed yarn shop Amanda J French and yarn shop Hedgehog Fibres
Warping a loom (starting)
Now you’re really getting somewhere. I have a few posts on how to warp different looms. There are many different looking lap looms, but in my experience they warp up in one of two ways:
This is the fun part of weaving! All the beauty and creativity go here, this is where you make your magic. I have posted on a bunch on weaving techniques and have already made a round-up of just the techniques here.
I also have a free beginner’s pattern that I send out when you sign up for my weekly newsletter and I made a Weave Along of fun lacy patterns, that you can follow along here.
And I hope you won’t need this, but incase you do, here’s my Top 7 Weaving Issues & Fixes
Finishing your weave (taking off the loom)
Now that you created something beautiful and unique to you, it’s time to take it off the loom so you can share it with the world. I have posted a lot of different ways to finish your weaves, whether you’re cutting your weave off the loom or using your warp loops to hang.
- How to Finish a Weave
- The Perfect Way to Tuck End Threads
- 6 Ways to Hang a Weave
- Don’t forget what you can hang your weaves from
Whoa, that’s a lot of info! Hopefully you’ve made it to the bottom of this post. This will definitely get you started on your weaving journey!! So now I would love to hear your story, how did you first discover the art of weaving? Have you woven before or is this your first time starting? I love to hear how others have found this art form that I love.
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