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Video! How to Warp a Lap LoomFor anyone who bought a loom and it came with no instructions, or maybe you need more help to warp your lap loom, this is the post for you. I actually get a lot of questions on warping lap looms so I decided to make two videos that cover two ways of warping a lap loom.

Warping a Frame Loom

If you’re looking to make your own loom, then I highly recommend starting with a frame loom. It’s an easy way to give weaving a try, and you can always purchase a loom later if you end up loving weaving (but seriously, how could you not love it?). I created a tutorial on how to set up a frame loom here. It shows how to add washi tape to your loom in order to help stabilize your warp threads. I use a canvas stretcher frame, but you can also use a picture frame! Watch this video to see how to warp up a picture frame after you remove the backing and glass:


I think it’s also worth noting that this technique can be used to warp up anything with two parallel sides. I used this technique for my stick weaving.

Warping a Notched Loom, A Peg Loom, or a Tab Loom

Yes they all sound and look so different, but did you know they warp up in the same way? These are the typical styles of lap looms that you can purchase and I’ll show you how to warp them up. Watch this video to learn more:

If you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start, then check out my weaving for beginner’s roundup.

What kind of loom do you weave on? Are you like me and have a bunch of looms? I swear they multiply when I’m not looking, just like my yarn (haha!). If you have a lap loom that is warped differently then these two ways, I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Weaving!



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  • Janet
    August 22, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Hi Kate- Thanks SO much for your tutorials and videos. I am just starting and am confused with warping a notched loom. I just bought on sale a M&D loom for my beginning project. BUT… I see your tabbed loom has two strings per notch and EACH notch has a warp thread around it. When I warp up and down once only every other
    notch has a warp string around it and there are just single strings up and down across the loom- where as in your picture there are double in each space.. The only way I can figure to do this is when at the end double back and warp again thereby having a wrapped string around each notch and two stings in each notch. Is that correct? I refer to pic here Each tab has a string around it and each space has two strings in it…. Thank you so much for your help- Janet

    • Kate
      August 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Janet, here’s what I do:
      1) tie my warp thread in the bottom left corner (bottom tab #1)
      2) bring the warp thread up and around the same top tab (top tab #1), bringing the warp thread around the left side of that tab, over and down on the right side
      3) bring the warp thread straight down so I’m pulling next to the bottom tab #1 on the right side of it
      4) bring the warp thread around the left side of the bottom tab #2 and then pull it back up the right side of that tab
      5) pull the warp thread up to the left side of top tab #2, bring it around the tab and down the right side
      Keep continuing like that. I hope that made it more clear 🙂