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Tying Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving Loom

I’ve been experimenting with different ways to hang my weaves, so of course I wanted to share what I’ve learned.  I think my favorite way to start and finish a weave is with the hem stitch, because it really secures your weave on your warp threads.  However, it does take a little more effort and sometimes I just don’t set my weaves up that way.  If you’re weaving on a notched or peg loom, a huge bonus is that you can utilize the warp loops to hang your weave.  But you may run into a problem similar to what is pictured below, where your weft starts floating up your warp threads.  This will especially be an issue if your loops are large.Tying Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving Loom

One way to solve this issue is to knot off your warp loops.  Now, keep in mind your loops will need to be on the fairly large size, but if your loops are small then when you put your hanging rod through the loops you probably won’t have much weft float happening.  Ok, so assuming you have large warp loops below are the steps to tie the loops in knots and secure your weave.  And before we get started, I must say I absolutely recommend using a crochet hook to help you pull the knot through.  I used a size G crochet hook, but if you have smaller, use it, it will make the process easier.

Tying Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving Loomstep 1| take your crochet hook and wrap the loop around the front of the hook and behind the back.  You want the loop to end on the side opposite of the hook.

step 2| pull the loop end up and over the hook.  So now the loop is crossing over itself.

step 3| grab the loop end with the hook (this part takes some finesse, but gets easier with repetition, and if you’re using a smaller hook it will be easier).

step 4| pull the crochet hook down and through the knot, bringing the loop end with it.  As you can see in the last picture, the loop end is pull through and still on the crochet hook.

Tying Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving Loomstep 5| your knot is tied, you can remove the hook

step 6| pull the loop end to tighten the knot.  You’re done with one, now continue until all the loops are tied.

You can see how the knot is securing the weft threads and is bringing structure back into the weave.  Tying Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving LoomAfter all the loops are tied off you can put your hanging rod through the loops to finish your weave. Oh and if you’re interested, I posted on how to make those vertical stripes here.

Have you ever had an issue like this where your weft floats up your warp threads?  I am working on taking pictures and putting together steps for the other ways I have hung my weaves.

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Eileen B.
    December 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you for this post! I am fairly new to wearing and have this exact problem. Will try this with my next weave.

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

      Hi Eileen, Thank you for leaving a comment, I’m so happy that this can help you! Have a great day 😀

  • Reply
    Amanda
    December 3, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    This is such a useful little trick! I have been wondering what the solution would be for the weft floating up. That’s been the main reason I take all the extra time to cut, tie and weave in all the warp threads, then sew on new loops to the dowel. So time consuming! Definitely going to try out this crochet hook trick and hopefully save a bunch of time 🙂

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Hi Amanda, I know sometimes the finishing takes forever! I was trying to tie these off by hand before, which can be almost impossible and then it hit me that the crochet hook could help, lol. I hope it saves you a bunch of time too!

  • Reply
    Cláudia
    December 4, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Hello Kate. I’m from Portugal, and found your blog via Pinterest. I’m a beginner weaving, and wish I had more time to devote to this hobby. I have found generally fantastic and so creative and inspiring work! But I want to leave here my thanks for the sharing of knowledge we found here. The blog is fantastic and teaches a lot. Congratulations and thank you very much.

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 4, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Hi Claudia, Thank you so much for your kind comment. I love weaving so much and am more than happy to share it with others so they can enjoy it too. Hopefully you can find more time to weave 😉 Have a great day!

  • Reply
    Lesley
    January 15, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Thank you so much for this tip.
    As a beginner was struggling to figure what to do, then you posted this.
    Weaving is the best and very calming.😌🙂

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 15, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Hi Lesley! I’m so glad to have helped! And yes I love weaving and how calming it is 🙂

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