A few months ago, I purchased this beautiful circle loom from The Unusual Pear, but had not gotten around to using it until now. This is my first time weaving on a circular loom and I’m very excited about it. So incase there are others of you out there looking to do the same, I’m going to share how to get started. And for those of you who aren’t in the market for another loom, check out my post on circle weaving using an embroidery hoop!
step 1| I tie my warp thread to the loom with a slip-knot in one of the notches.
step 2| pull the warp thread straight across the loom to the next notch. (I share my favorite warp thread here)
step 4| pull the warp thread straight across the loom again. You will be passing over the middle and bringing your warp thread to the side notch of where you started. As you can see on the back of the loom, the warp threads are just passing behind the notch.
step 5| repeat this pattern of going around the notches until you have reached the last notch. At this point your warp threads are creating a “U” shape in the middle and there is no empty cross notch to pull the warp thread to. It almost seems like you messed up, but don’t worry you haven’t.
step 6| flip your loom over, then bring your warp thread to the middle and pass it in-between, behind, between warp threads again, and back up. Basically you just looped around the middle warp threads once, which helps pull the threads into alignment, but you will notice that some of the threads are making odd gaps still.
step 7| cross the warp thread over the middle again by looping in-between the perpendicular warp threads, again going behind, between again, and back up. If you were to look at the front of the loom you have created a cross or x over the middle of the warp threads and your threads are creating even triangles. I added two colored lines to show the cross over the front in the picture above.
step 8| with the loom’s backside facing you again, take your tapestry needle and begin to pull your warp thread end through the loop you created by crossing over the front. Before pulling the warp tail all the way through circle it back to it’s own loop and tie it in a slip knot. The warp threads are now secure on your loom and you’re ready to weave!!
Rainie from The Unusual Pear has a great circle loom video and instructions of her own here.
I’ll share more on circle weaving as I go. Have you tried circle weaving before? It definitely has a different design structure to think about, which is part of the fun.
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