Weaving is a relaxing hobby that is suitable for all ages! From a simple in and out weave, to more complicated and intricate techniques, it is a skill that everyone is able to develop over time to create their own amazing works of art.
Here is a simple beginners guide to get you started on your weaving addiction!
Beginner weaving looms are available in my store HERE
Loom: The frame used to create your weaving
Comb: Used for pushing threads down into place
Shuttle: Can be loaded with thread then used to weave
Spacer Bar: used to separate warp for easier threading (optional)
Warp: The lengthwise thread
Weft: The threads of weaving you create
Tabby / Plain weave: a simple under 1, over 1 weave.
Double Weave: Under 2, over 2 weave
Rya Knot: A tassel type knot
Soumak – A type of braid-like weave
How to Warp your Loom:
Using a strong yet thin thread (I like to use 1mm Nylon thread) secure a knot at the bottom left hand side of the loom.
Tightly wind the thread in an up-and-down motion around the notches in the loom.
This thread is now known as the WARP. Keep the warp tight and firm.
Secure the end of the thread on the bottom of the right hand side of the loom. (you may need to miss the top right hand notch - as shown in picture below)
Be sure to leave a slight bit extra on each side.
Weave a piece of thin card (approx. 3cm wide) or similar through the bottom of your weaving. This may look strange at the moment – but will make it easier to remove your weaving later.
Begin by taking a piece of thin yarn (or left over warp thread), and stitch a row of chain stitch to secure the base of your weaving.
Begin your weaving at the bottom of the loom. Start by using 3-4 rows of tabby / plain weave.
This is a simple under 1 over 1 type of weave.
You can then add a row of Rya knots (otherwise known as Tassels)
The more rows of Rya knots you create,
the more volume it will give.
Continue working your way up the weaving with different styles of stitches and different textured threads.
As you get to the end of a row or thread, leave about 10cm of thread and cut off extra,
We will tidy this up at the end.
As you approach the top of the loom – you will need to leave a slight gap for threading the piece of dowel or hanging stick.
*Optional- make last row of weaving chain stitch. This will keep the piece from moving up.
*it is easier to stitch this about half way through your weaving and move it up into place
When all your weaving is complete – turn the loom over so you are looking at the back.
Tidy up all the loose bits of thread by tying off and tucking under the weaving. Trim any loose bits.
Removing Weaving from Loom
Remove the cardboard from the base of your weaving. To remove the weaving from your loom – you first need to untie your securing knots.
Remove the first and last loop of your warp from the base of the loom. Tie your loose threads to them. Continue un-looping along the base of your loom.
**optional – snip each of these loops then tie them so that they are secure against the base of your weaving.
To remove the top loops – gently unhook each of the loops one at a time. As you do – loop it straight onto your hanging stick.
To hang your weaving - you may wish to tie a piece of thread to the stick.
Congratulations! You have now created your very own unique weaving.
+Don’t pull your warp threads too tight. This will distort your final weaving.
+Use the comb to push down the weaving and keep it tightly together.
+Different types of threads will give different textures and finishes to the project.
+Add beads of other embellishments as a feature
+Use a branch or stick from a tree as your hanging stick to make your weaving more unique!
Please note - I choose not to use the spacer bar or the shuttle. I prefer just using the plastic needle.