Introduction to Weaving : How to Set a Weaving Loom & Start Weaving

I know many of you would love to have a go and try weaving, so i have decided to put together a little step by step Introduction. You will learn how to set the weaving frame -or- tapestry frame and how to start weaving those beautiful yarns to create your own tapestry. There are many frames out there and ways to warp them ( warp is the yarn that goes parallel and allows for the second yarn to be woven through). You can use ones with a groove like the one below, with fixed nails or with a thick frame to allow wrapping on both sides. Read the steps just below the images. Enjoy!

How to start weaving, Beginners weaving tutorial

  • First you need to take your wrap yarn (this one has to be a high twist yarn so its nice and sturdy) and make a double knot on the bottom left of the frame
  • You will pull the yarn very very tight every time you go through the groove to make sure it doesn't move. You will wrap up then down until you reach the end
  • You will secure the end by tying couple times around the frame then make a double knot. Your frame is ready
  • Before starting to weave you need a braid that keeps your weaving from moving, this is called soumak. You start by making a knot on the first yarn, you hold the second and pass it over and under, continue in the same way until the end.How to start weaving, Beginners weaving tutorial
  • When you reach the end you will turn back by doing the reverse, hold the next yarn to your left go over then under, you will see a braid starting to take shape. When you are finished you will leave the weaving yarn on the inside
  • Now you are ready to weave! You cut enough yarn to weave the number of rows needed, you can calculate that by measuring the width of the frame and adding a little more for every line
  • You will pass the yarn on the inside of the first wrap then over the second, then under the third and over the continue like this until the end of the line. When you reach the end you will pass under the 'filled' gaps and over the 'empty' ones, as shown in the picture top right
  • You will continue with as many rows as you like then switch to a different yarn when you reach the end of a line. Experiment with colours and texture, your weaving should be straight on the edges so remember not to pull too tightly and push your rows of yarn down to pack them well together (you can use a comb or a fork!)

Want to learn in person how to Weave, check out the Weaving Workshop dates and information here

If you wish to have a try at Embroidery you can get my free Embroidery Heart Patch design with Instructions Here. You also get a link to my Beginners Stitch Videos to get you started!

Let me know what you would like to learn in the comments below, you can Subscribe at my YouTube Channel and try some of my other DIY Projects.


1 comment

  • Hello -
    I’m interested in a beginner book with patterns. I would like to start small and don’t know what I need. Any suggestions?
    Sincerely -
    Yana 😎

    Yana Cortez

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