Beginner Weaving Lessons

Beginner’s Guide to Weaving

Beginner's Guide to Weaving | The Weaving LoomI’ve received a lot of questions from people who want to get into weaving, but aren’t fully sure where to start.  So today I’m putting together a round-up guide for beginners.


Let’s start from the beginning! Here are some key weaving terms that will help you better understand weaving.

Lap Looms

Of course you’ll need a loom to start weaving, so if you don’t have one already these posts are for you.

My easy DIY to make a frame into a loom

Check out this video on how to make a frame into a loom!

My suggested Lap Looms for beginners

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 Serene Fiber Arts and yarn shop Hedgehog Fibres

My newest favorite Colorful Twisted Wool Roving and if you’re more into neutrals, there is this twisted wool roving too

Don’t forget what you can hang your weaves from

Warping a loom (starting)

Now you’re really getting somewhere.  I have a few posts on how to warp different looms, let your adventure begin!

How to warp a lap loom

And a more detailed how to warp a frame loom

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.

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.

A pre-finish to taking your weave off the loom (the hem stitch)

How to finish your weave (cutting off the loom)

Another way to finish off a weave (cutting off the loom)

How to hang your weave with warp loops

How to hang your weave with large warp loops

Alright I think that covers most things, it’s definitely enough to 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.

Happy Weaving!



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    October 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for the work you put into this blog. I started weaving a month ago and it has been so, so helpful. Your own weaving works are beautiful and inspiring! Thank you again for such a fantastic, friendly and helpful resource.

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      October 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad it’s been helpful to you 🙂

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    Jennie landsgaard
    October 20, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you Kate for all the posts!!! I love reading, watching and learning all about weaving!!!
    Thank you thank you!!

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      October 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Jeannie!
      I’m so happy you’re enjoying the blog 🙂

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    November 2, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Estupenda guía, la seguiré con cuidado. Estoy empezando con esta técnica.

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    Shirah Miriam Aumann
    December 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    A student of mine in tapestry techniques has purchased a frame loom for her mother for Christmas. She has asked me to help her find weaving instruction in Spanish as her mom only reads Spanish. Can you help me? I wish your valuable teachings could somehow benefit her mom… Mimi

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      December 4, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Oh, good question. I don’t know of any, but I’m sure they are out there. If you can’t find anything in Spanish, I know that you can Google Translate websites and I’m pretty sure there are readers that translate my site into their native language.

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