Lap Weaving Looms for Beginners

Beginner Lap Looms | The Weaving Loom


If you’re interested in weaving on a lap loom, but aren’t interested in making one of your own (instructions here), here are some lap looms that I’d recommend to beginners.

A lot of the looms that I would recommend are handmade and sold by a small business. I feel it is important to support small businesses when possible. Keep in mind that as these are handmade, they maybe sold out at the time that you are browsing this post, so if you find that the loom you really like is sold out then reach out to the seller to see when it will be in stock again.

I have not used any of these looms, as of the writing of this post, but I will explain the benefits to each loom as I see them. Also these are just a few lap looms that are available, there are many more great products out there!  Most of these looms are a solid piece or held together with screws, which means they will not loosen with use.  Also the majority are sold by weavers who understand weaving and what is required from a loom.  Click the links to find size, price, and real picture details.

ONE – Loom by The Unusual Pear on Etsy

As this loom is one solid piece, you wouldn’t have to worry about it coming loose over time, which can be an issue with some lap looms.  The price is affordable and comes with a weaving needle.  Three different sizes are available, with a very portable mini option.

TWO – Loom by Board & Bread

This loom is gorgeous on it’s own!  This is a perfect portable loom. There is only one size option, but you can speak to the seller about a custom. This loom comes with a pick up stick and comb.

THREE – Loom by Meghan Shimek

This loom has so many bells and whistles! It has legs to stand the loom up on a table, or you can collapse them to weave on your lap. It also comes with a rotating heddle! This means that with a twist of the heddle, your warp threads will separate creating a shed for you to easily pass your weft thread through. Then just twist the heddle the other way to easily pass your weft through the opposite warps (Find my post on basic weaving terms here). That greatly speeds up your weaving. You could also choose to not use the heddle and weave on the frame without it.

FOUR – Loom by All Roads Market on Etsy

This loom comes with a shed stick, a shuttle, an instructional booklet, and a tote bag

FIVE – Loom by Maryanne Moodie on Etsy

This loom comes with an instructional booklet, a weaving needle, scissors, a bag, warp thread, and enough yarn to complete a project (along with your choice of color story)

Ok so some of these looms are on the pricier side, and sometimes when you’re starting out new, you’re not sure if you want to dedicate so much money in the beginning. I totally understand, because I felt the same way. As you know, I made myself a frame loom (DIY here). But I do have a second loom, that my parents bought me for Christmas when I had just started weaving. This is a little embarrassing because the loom they bought me was a child’s loom. But I greatly appreciated the thoughtfulness of the gift and gave it a try. And guess what, it actually works really well. I’ve made many weavings on this loom, and it’s very affordable.

Beginner Lap Looms | The Weaving Loom

This is a Melissa & Doug Loom. It comes with “feet”(not pictured) so it can stand upright on a table, and it also can be adjusted so that the lower bar comes up higher, allowing you to weave a smaller piece. I feel like this is a good loom to work on if you want to give weaving a try. Then if you find you like weaving you can make a greater investment in a really nice loom.

And once you pick out the loom you like, make sure to check out my posts on how to set up your loom for weaving, and different weaving techniques to create your pieces.

Happy Weaving!


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  • kacey
    May 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Haha! I bought myself the exact same Melissa & Doug loom just to try out and I’m so happy to hear it worked out just fine for you. This makes me even more excited to get started 🙂

    • Kate
      May 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Kacey, that’s great! It is definitely a loom you can weave on 🙂

  • judy
    August 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks so much for the suggestion of the Melissa & Doug loom! I am determined to figure this all out and progress beyond the level of a little square pot holder from my childhood.

    • Kate
      August 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      That’s great! And I’m positive you’ll be able to weave 😀