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Learn to Weave: Tips and Advice from Etsy Experts

Apr 7, 2015

by Valerie Rains

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Whether you’re an experienced crafter looking for a fresh outlet or a novice hoping to find the best avenue to channel your creative urges, there’s no time like the present to pick up a new craft. In the Learn From the Experts series, we poll some of the most skilled and inspiring sellers on Etsy for their top beginner tips. 

Thanks to the seemingly unshakeable staying power of the boho aesthetic and an increasing interest in three-dimensional wall art, handmade and vintage woven wall hangings are bigger than ever. But there’s far more to the weaving story, as any search on Etsy will prove — pulling up rugs, blankets, table linens, and more, in a range of styles, techniques, and traditions with roots that go back thousands of years. DIY options are cropping up more and more, too, both in the form of readymade kits and tutorials for whipping together your own frame loom.

Whether you’re keen to tackle a rag rug, a funky, free-form art piece, or an intricately textured wrap, there’s just one thread common to all weaving: it’s not a pursuit well suited to seekers of instant gratification. “Anyone who is patient can weave,”  says Brooklyn, New York weaver Rachel Gottesman, whose shop Heddle and Needle is filled with decorative wall hangings that epitomize today’s trends. “But remember that you’re creating an image row by row, like an old matrix printer, so it may take some time.” Still, there’s hope for those of us who skew a little more…improvisational. “With the more recent Saori weaving movement — a sort of no-rules, freestyle type of weaving — I think we are seeing a real flourishing of the more creative, fluid, less-rigid type of personality in weaving, showing all of us that there can be great beauty in spontaneity and imperfection,” says Donna Laken of LökenLoomWeaving.

Whatever style appeals to you most, the expert tips we’ve collected below are sure to come in handy.

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Learn to weave with this Etsy-exclusive how-to.

Picking a Project

“Using a frame loom to make a small wall hanging is a great place to start,” Gottesman says. “A frame loom is essentially just a wooden square, so you can make one with an old picture frame and some nails if you’d like, or you can also buy frame loom kits on Etsy.” You can even use cardboard: this Etsy tutorial will walk you through the setup process and the steps for completing a simple rectangular wall hanging.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, plenty of other applications are within your grasp. “Cushion covers, table runners, placemats, and personal accessories such as bags, belts and iPad covers can all be constructed using simple rectangular shapes and are great for beginners looking for practical applications for their woven pieces,” says designer and instructor Andrea Rothwell, who stocks her Melbourne, Australia, shop LoomAndSpindleAU with handmade timber looms and specialty tools designed for her fellow free-form weavers. You can also find loads of project ideas and visual instruction on Pinterest, YouTube, and blogs.

Choosing Your Materials

Buy or make a loom. “When selecting a loom, size is the most important consideration,” Rothwell says. “I always suggest to new customers that they think about what type of projects they want to make and what size they want their finished pieces to be.” And it’s not just about what you’re making, but also where. “A large loom is great if you do most of your crafting at home,” Rothwell says, “whereas a small, travel-sized loom could be handy when you’re on holiday.” On Pinterest, you’ll find ideas for making looms from old picture frames, popsicle sticks, plastic straws, PVC pipe, copper tubing, hula hoops, cardboard, tree branches, and more.

Gather some yarn. “When you’re just starting out, don’t buy fancy yarns, which can get pretty expensive,” Gottesman says. “Basic cotton twine for your warp threads (the threads that are tied vertically on the frame) and acrylic yarn for the weft (which is horizontal) work just fine. Get them in your favorite colors and use your first few projects to decide what kinds of shapes and patterns you enjoy making; once you’ve grown more comfortable with techniques, you can try weaving with more pricey yarns, like tencel or merino wool.” And don’t overlook remnants from past projects that you already have on hand. “I’m a firm a believer that frame loom weaving should be inexpensive and accessible,” Rothwell says. “It can be as simple as warping up a piece of cardboard and using all the odds and ends from your last knitting project.”

Then mix things up. It’s smart to stick with basic, thick cotton yarn for the warp threads while you’re learning, as it’s strong and won’t break while weaving, says Julia Astreou, who spins traditional weaving and embroidery techniques from her native Cyprus into fresh creations, incorporating unconventional materials such as cane, copper and plexiglass. The weft is where you can go a little wild. “From organic fibers such as sisal rope and hemp to more unorthodox materials such as foil, cling film and canes, it is quite rewarding to see the different qualities each material brings to the fabric,” Astreou says. Rothwell agrees: “Get creative with materials — go collect some natural flora from the garden and experiment with weaving different plant and animal fibers.”

And test before you invest. “There are a lot of Etsy shops that offer a large variety of yarns; if you are buying large quantities, it is always good to get a sample first, so that you can see and touch the yarns before purchasing them,” says Astreou.

Rookie Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Visualize the end result. “Planning the structure of the piece before you begin is really important,” Rothwell says. “Some things to consider before starting: Is the loom large enough to accommodate the piece I want to make? How will I start and finish the piece? Will there be enough room to tie off the ends? Am I going to work the piece the right way up or upside down? How will I hang the piece or hide the edges? Do I incorporate a plain or decorative header row into the design? By considering these things before I begin, I set up a framework to work with, and I find that I’m more likely to finish a piece when I know the direction I’m headed.”

 

But be willing to play. “Rather than trying to reach highly finished results too early, remember to enjoy experimenting and realize that it is an important part of the creative process,” Astreou says. “If I allow myself enough time for experimentation, I am usually a lot more pleased with the final result.”

Begin with a good foundation. “The most important lesson I learned in starting this craft was to always, no matter what, make sure the tension on your warp threads is even before beginning your weaving,” Laken says. “My college weaving professor stressed this over and over, and after all these years of weaving, that advice has never failed me. If your warp tension is even, you will have a good, solid weaving structure. If it is not even, you’ll spend the whole time weaving just wishing you had fixed your tension beforehand!”

Take your time. “The most common problem in weaving is that people are impatient and absentminded,” Astreou says. “Weaving is a slow process, especially at the beginning, and beginners often make mistakes without realizing it until later on, when some of the fabric has to be undone and rewoven. My advice is to be patient and enjoy the process (even if it is slow),” Astreou says. And be patient with yourself, too. “Don’t expect perfection right away, or even months from now,” Gottesman says. “You’ll go mad if you get too picky. Just enjoy the craft for what it is, which is a celebration of the materials.”

Extra Credit

While many of our experts cited Pinterest DIYs and YouTube tutorials as valuable sources of both inspiration and instruction, they all agreed that nothing compares to learning from experienced weavers. “My local hand-weaver’s guild has been invaluable,” Rothwell says. “I recently participated in a tapestry weaving course that really helped reinforce what I had learned from books, and also gave me insights into traditional tapestry techniques. And their library was insane!” The hands-on help is even more important as you prepare to take your new skills to the next level. “I cannot stress enough how important interaction with experienced weavers is,” Astreou says. “It’s the best way to learn and progress, since weaving is a highly technical practice and often supervision from advanced weavers is required — especially when using big looms with two or four shafts.”

“One discovery I’ve made along the way that has made the creative process easier for me is learning — and reminding myself — that everything can be unwoven,” Laken says. “There is great freedom in knowing that whatever combination of yarns and colors you place into a weaving, you can somewhat easily go back and remove if they don’t seem quite right. Yes, it takes time to undo the work, but unlike many other art mediums (or real life!), your mistakes or poor choices aren’t permanent until the moment you cut the weaving off the loom. Knowing this fact allows me to relax a bit and take some creative chances. The worst that can happen is that I end up right back where I started, with a loom warped and ready to be woven.”

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Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.

131 comments

  • mochabags

    Gulden Kaygisiz from mochabags said 1 year ago

    Amazing tips for beginners! I was not sure how to start weaving and this post helped me a lot. I decided to experiment with yarns I already have and a picture frame while looking for a nice loom. I also love branch weaving idea so it is on my next project folder. Thanks for this post!

  • AliaForestLove

    Alina Maevskaia from FairyOakWoodLand said 1 year ago

    Beautiful collection!

  • dzelme

    Ogu Ragana from OguRagana said 1 year ago

    Ah, my mom does wonderful pieces, and now and then I also feel the urge to try it. Thanks to this article it might happen sooner than later!

  • suemako

    Sue from SuesAkornShop said 1 year ago

    I would love to learn to do this!

  • bennaandhanna

    benna and hanna from bennaandhanna said 1 year ago

    this is something i want to try. even the branch weaving is amazing. thanks for the tips.

  • monikadudikeni

    Monika Dudikeni from printablo said 1 year ago

    Wow this is amazing skill! :)

  • 645workshop

    Megan from 645workshop said 1 year ago

    gorgeous. Looks so relaxing to do!

  • ThrowItForward

    angie from ThrowItForward said 1 year ago

    Some beautiful work here! What a wonderful creative outlet. I have the patience and desire but sadly not the time. Hopefully one day I will. Thanks for the great article! :)

  • safetyorange4dogs

    Laney from LittleLaneyTails said 1 year ago

    This article brings back memories of my dad making me an inkle loom when I was in high school. Everyone got woven belts that year. Years later I bought a big old loom, took some classes and wove dish towels. I'm remembering how much fun it is to sit and weave. Thank you for another wonderful article! Let's get weaving! ~Elaine

  • atelierfrost

    Cyndle Plaisted Rials from atelierfrost said 1 year ago

    I'm thrilled to see jujujust featured in this list--I frequently drool over those gorgeous colorful wall hangings! I also love the tips for creating looms from household items to start out--weaving is yet another fiber endeavor I've wanted to try, but buying another expensive piece of equipment isn't really an option for me right now. Really cool!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 1 year ago

    This is wonderful! I love weaving and it's something I can do with my daughter. She loves to create with me!

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 1 year ago

    Gorgeous pieces here!

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 1 year ago

    Wonderful post! Weaving is something that I would like to learn!

  • GrayKeyDesigns

    Candy from GrayKeyDesigns said 1 year ago

    I love to see the modern colors make such beautiful works of art!!

  • CraftKnitSew

    Andrea from LoomandSpindleAU said 1 year ago

    Thrilled to have been part of this post. Thanks, Etsy Blog team!

  • melaniefavreau

    Melanie Favreau from melaniefavreau said 1 year ago

    I started weaving in January and I love it! It's fun and relaxing.

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 1 year ago

    Love the weaving!!

  • ebitts1

    Just BE from saffaron said 1 year ago

    This is great. I bought a loom for myself for Xmas. I am having a ball. Not only using yarn.. but also fabrics and trims. Very cool.

  • QueenofCuffs

    mary from QueenofCuffs said 1 year ago

    The weaving of textiles of any sort is such a rewarding and instinctive art . . . to get into a weave rhythm and make it your own. Wonderful !!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 1 year ago

    Great feature- I just love the textures of weaving.

  • olique

    olique from olique said 1 year ago

    What an amazing post!!! Thank you for your great and interesting job! (:

  • nan20091

    Nan Bennett from BestSellerVintage said 1 year ago

    Wow! I would love to learn to make it!

  • MadeByDawn2

    Dawn Niedetzki from Ten22CraftBoutique said 1 year ago

    Beautiful pieces of work shown above! This article is inspiring! I wouldn't mind getting a loom!!!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 1 year ago

    Astonishing!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 1 year ago

    Beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you for sharing!

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 1 year ago

    After I move I want to try my hands at weaving. I shall tuck this information away for future creating. Thank you! Weave on.

  • rainbowtribe

    Nedra Foster from Rainbowtribe said 1 year ago

    Love the blankets

  • lolatrail

    Beth A from lolatrail said 1 year ago

    Love your work and thoughts.

  • boloties
  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 1 year ago

    Great.

  • mytreasury

    Mia Blaz from MiaBlazdesign said 1 year ago

    Wow this is amazing skill!

  • MonsieurCoffee

    TJ Carls from BloomgoDesignStudio said 1 year ago

    What artisanship!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 1 year ago

    Great article!

  • JPerezArt

    Jeannette Perez from JPerezArt said 1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing. This is something I like to try.

  • TandRHandweaving

    Martha from ThistleRoseWeaving said 1 year ago

    Wonderful introduction to the art of hand weaving. Beginning with a small frame loom to get an idea of what weaving can be like can lead you to other methods and different types of looms. Enjoy the discovery!

  • woodcreeklooms

    WoodCreekLooms from WoodCreekLooms said 1 year ago

    Great article about the beautiful craft of weaving! :)

  • aSmaOriGinal

    Asma from AsmaOriginal said 1 year ago

    Love them all!

  • natafish67

    RoyalCrownHandmade from RoyalCrownHandmade said 1 year ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • Shvagir

    Marina Sh. from RiotOfColors said 1 year ago

    Wow, awesome! Love it!

  • AllUsedUp

    Cindy Carrillo from SimpleChaosLab said 1 year ago

    Beautiful and inspiring! Glad to see such a wonderful craft is still popular and coming back strong! Back in the late 60's people were just starting to take this art seriously. These shops are opening the art to more people!

  • admspeicher
  • gibbvogel

    Carolyn Vogel from WoolenBlooms said 1 year ago

    Added weaving to my list of projects to try! I love that the styles span retro to neon to ethnic!

  • daisyspell

    erica mallory from summerspellvtg said 1 year ago

    I love the visual impact of woven wall hangings -- so great! Thanks for the tips!

  • nipnoos

    Ally Cel from NipnoosSoaps said 1 year ago

    Wow, this looks like a lot of fun.; I never thought that it's that easy to create intricate patterns. Definitely will try

  • rellyh

    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 1 year ago

    WOW! I like all the colorful wall hanging decors you're shown in this article. Thanks for lesson Weave 101.

  • MyChouchou

    MyChouchou from MyChouChou said 1 year ago

    beautiful art pieces! both my finnish mom and grandmother used to weave all the time - rugs, wall hangings, rocking chair "covers", etc. i need to pick it up! thanks so much for sharing : )

  • jbecker5

    RedPoppySoapCo from RedPoppySoapCo said 1 year ago

    Beautiful article! Love the art pieces :-)

  • lindaharlow1

    Linda Harlow said 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for all the info, but most of all for your encouragement. Because of joint disease, I can no longer weave the baskets that I used to...no strength in my hands! Textiles and fibers of any kind are soooo wonderful though, and not limiting...as you've shown! Looking so forward...thanks again

  • tendergloom

    savannah may from tendergloom said 1 year ago

    lovely. i want to learn how to weave!

  • RachelRaygun

    Rachel Gottesman from HeddleAndNeedle said 1 year ago

    Thanks so much for interviewing me! The other weavers on Etsy are incredibly talented and give great tips. Enjoy your weaving projects, everyone!

  • dot1234

    dot1234 from DonebyDot said 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the information,,,,very enlightening, might have to look into a loom and such.....thank you....

  • Milohilo

    Paola Valera from MiloNecklaces said 1 year ago

    This is amazing!! Hope I'll be able to learn someday :D

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 1 year ago

    Wow these are all so beautiful , I really love the lush furry ones by jujujust

  • ankaplan

    Alyssa Kaplan from LunaAzelea said 1 year ago

    Love all the colors. Inspiration!

  • lyannebeaman

    Lyanne Beaman from LilyGraceKnits said 1 year ago

    I love to knit but often have bits of yarn left over and I think this would be the perfect project for all my scraps. Can't wait to get started.

  • deegeemariegifts

    Dee from DeegeeMarieGifts said 1 year ago

    What gorgeous examples you've chosen to go with this interesting post. Limitless possibilities!

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 1 year ago

    Very inspiring article! Thank you! Can't wait to try it!

  • work2gather

    Deborah Martin from work2gather said 1 year ago

    I think this is one of the best blogs I have seen so far... love the photos and how they demonstrate the process. I may actually print all 15 pages to share with someone...

  • NeutralNinja

    Erin Livermore from OffworldBaubles said 1 year ago

    Just what I've been looking for: a new skill!

  • pippyandponies2

    Ann from MyLovelyBetty said 1 year ago

    I love to weave. I finger weave and have been doing so since I was a small child. It is so much fun and I am always improving my technique. Practice makes perfect.

  • SundayOwl

    Lisa from SundayOwl said 1 year ago

    Love these. I have always wanted to learn to weave. Thank you for sharing.

  • RialityStudios

    Ria Bridges from BlackberryCandle said 1 year ago

    Weaving is a skill I've wanted to gain for a long time. I've got a few projects in mind, too, and the only thing stopping me from going for them is my lack of a loom. Maybe today I'll make a simple cardboard loom and give it a try, see what happens. Can't hurt!

  • MontclairMade

    Claire from MontclairMade said 1 year ago

    My high school art teacher sparked my love for weaving and I went to college for weaving and textile design. I'm very good at doing repetitive things, it's my meditation. I haven't woven since school, it's an investment in time and money, but this article is inspiring! I love Jujujust's shop!

  • psoglavka

    PSOGLAVKA KLARA from PSOGLAVKA said 1 year ago

    Beautiful work..=)

  • muchandquick

    Kalisa L. from MuchandQuick said 1 year ago

    I love the idea of using a branch as a frame. These are quite beautiful, too bad that my cats would think I'd made them new toys!

  • wigginssandy

    Sandy Wiggins from SandyWigginsImages said 1 year ago

    Wonderful feature! Love the wall hangings. And the blankets. And the shawl. :)

  • PinkPianos

    Hilary Hahn from PinkPianos said 1 year ago

    I love to weave and I find it so relaxing. I have a great lap loom similar to the one in the picture. You all have inspired me to do some creative weaving this summer!

  • bagira103

    Elena Stryzhak from ElenaStr said 1 year ago

    wow ! great art work

  • LittleWeeShop

    Jennifer from LittleWeeShop said 1 year ago

    Love all the different methods!

  • ASHYL

    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 1 year ago

    Great! Thank you for sharing!

  • ekohaus

    Dovile S from FeltWoolSlippers said 1 year ago

    great work! from my experience, it is not so hard to weave. I do remember that I was learning how to weave at school. It was 25 years ago :)))

  • byarroz

    Vania O. from ARROZshop said 1 year ago

    Beautiful! <3 Congratulations to all the weavers <3

  • GiuliaBe

    Giulia from unpeusauvage said 1 year ago

    I started weaving last june and it's been great. At the beginning I was a little bit scared to do things in the wrong way, since I learnt by myself, but now I really enjoy to realx, take my time, mix colors and just put together row after row.

  • studioLISE

    studioLISE from studioLISE said 1 year ago

    My mom used to weave all the time back in Sweden. She also used plants to dye her wool yarns. The colors were fantastic and beautiful. Thanks for sharing : )

  • exclusive72

    Valentina . from Exclusive72 said 1 year ago

    Wonderful post!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 1 year ago

    Awesome Post!!! Loved to weave as a child and teen !! Thinking this I will definitely do again!

  • whitstep

    Stephanie White from STEOHANE said 1 year ago

    Love this! Thanks for all the tips!

  • Turns2art

    Craig Neukirch from Turns2art said 1 year ago

    I am stunned at the variety of finished product types and type of weaving materials that you use. Amazing and gorgeous.

  • stonenina

    The Leather Laboratory from TheLeatherLaboratory said 1 year ago

    Great creative article! super inspiring, thank you. x

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 1 year ago

    SO many amazing creations! What a cool thing to be able to do. Learning to weave just got added to my bucket list! ♥︎♥︎

  • DianasDecor

    Diana Tinelli from DianasDecor said 1 year ago

    I used to make these!!! So much fun and so many different ways to be creative.

  • sales712

    Gabriela Cárdenas from SHEPHERDECUADOR said 1 year ago

    This is so lovely!!! I wish I could learn how to do it.. soon! maybe soon I'll give it a try!

  • dcandrews

    dcandrews from dcandrews said 1 year ago

    This has always been fascinating to me. I hope to try it some day. Thanks for sharing.

  • smilingrabbit

    Jessica from CreativeDollCrafts said 1 year ago

    Looks like so much fun!!!

  • AlinaJelvezFineArt

    Alina Jelvez from AlinaJelvezFineArt said 1 year ago

    Beautiful pieces of art!

  • SNGG

    sheila goodfriend from SNGShoppe said 1 year ago

    What a beautiful presentation and beautiful art! I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about weaving and I am inspired!

  • paulaura5

    Laura Mitchell from GreatRunCabin said 1 year ago

    I just bought a loom from a man who is on Etsy also I met at the Atlanta quilt show...can't wait to get started...I loved the article...thank you...

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 1 year ago

    Adding weaving to my list of art medium to try.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 1 year ago

    Awesome! Love this...Especially love the combination of different types of yarn....Creates a nice texture....

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 1 year ago

    Thanks for the information. I have been weaving paper with my son. It is so much fun.

  • yogyogi

    Yogi S. from CustomWebsiteStudio said 1 year ago

    super stuff, they are the real artists.

  • FrederickAvenue

    Beth from FrederickAvenue said 1 year ago

    From one handweaver to another, I am completely impressed by your imagination, quality, and presentation! I can only dream of the heights you will reach. Such a wonderful article. Congratulations!

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 1 year ago

    I started weaving with cardboard looms as a child and that was probably what first got me interested in handmade, craft items. This wonderful article has inspired me to revisit the 16" loom that I have had sitting in a box for years. I love the beautiful wall hangings, so full of texture and interest.

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr said 1 year ago

    What a great project, can't wait to try it!

  • FeltHappiness

    Juliane Gorman from FeltHappiness said 1 year ago

    Weaving's singing of color brought me to study textiles; however, the lack of my patience proved a difficult time. All that time dressing the loom ...to find out that a pattern didn't work. There was no 'erasing' with weaving. It was linear. Am glad that feltmaking eventually found me. But, sometimes, wonder what it would be like if I had studied weaving after computers became part of the instruction??

  • SarahOfSweden

    Sarah Flood from SarahOfSweden said 1 year ago

    Gorgeous items! Thank you for sharing!

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 1 year ago

    Love this so much! Thanks for sharing :)

  • MsBittyKnacks

    Maria from MsBittyKnacks said 1 year ago

    This article came at a perfect time, I've been researching weaving and am making my first loom this weekend. Can't wait to get working on this beautiful art!

  • frillsnfancy2

    Cheryl and Jennifer from FrillsNFancybyCnJ said 1 year ago

    Beautiful! Inspired to give it a try. Thank you for sharing!

  • Malaspiga

    carlotta tilli from SummerInItaly said 1 year ago

    contemporary and crafts in the same way :) I love :)

  • smalldoodles

    Emily from beetleinkco said 1 year ago

    I am SO doing this!!!

  • orientaltribe11

    Lertpan Pathamavuthikan from orientaltribe11 said 1 year ago

    very beautiful I love it .

  • mylittledecor

    mylittledecor from mylittledecor said 1 year ago

    Superbe article !

  • priyaamrit

    The White Fire from TheWhiteFire said 1 year ago

    Some great ideas :)

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    TreasuredMemoryLane from TreasuredMemoryLane said 1 year ago

    Its a beautiful art! Thank you for sharing.

  • weavinghands

    Julia Astreou-Christoforou from JuliaAstreou said 1 year ago

    I am so glad that I participated in this article with tips and advice for weaving! Thank you Valerie! Etsy is really about sharing and supporting each other!

  • aviantijewelry

    Avianti Jewelry from AviantiJewelry said 1 year ago

    Those are beautiful! I would love to make my own blanket or rug! This is brilliant!

  • AllUsedUp

    Cindy Carrillo from SimpleChaosLab said 1 year ago

    Having been away from weaving for over 30 years I was nervous about starting up again- I purchased the little loom from Loom and SpindleAU. It is well made, smooth so it does not snag the yarn and light weight. Easy to use while waiting is doctors offices, in the car, at lunch. I love it. It is about 10" square and fits in my carry all. Thanks for this post, it brought me back to a craft I loved.

  • LauraJanesAdvice

    Laura Jane from LauraJanesReiki said 1 year ago

    If I were only this talented...Great Job!

  • kittyoliveira

    Kitty Olive from KittyOliveBags said 1 year ago

    Very inspiring and so beautiful. Many thanks for your generosity in sharing

  • superveshmashina

    Monika from MozakNaPasiCeramics said 1 year ago

    Lovely work! I'm forwarding this article to my beginner weaving friend!

  • vivasproject

    Ziva Javersek from VivasProject said 1 year ago

    Oh my, that's amazing!! I am in love :*

  • Rainiebambi

    Rainie Williams from TheUnusualPear said 1 year ago

    I sell really affordable and easy to use weaving frame looms if anyone is interested :) my business name is The Unusual Pear - my Instagram is @theunusualpear if you'd like to check it out too!

  • teestrend

    teestrend from Trend2Tees said 1 year ago

    Great Job!

  • fireflyhomedecor1

    Firefly Home Decor from Fireflyhomedecor said 1 year ago

    Gorgeous..!!!! :)

  • Nakkashe

    Nakkashe from Nakkashe said 1 year ago

    My mom is an expert maker of Turkish Kilim rugs with traditional wooden looms and natural dyed wool yarns ... Well, she is almost 70 now and does not weave anymore.

  • annyschoo

    anny schoo from linenclothingbyanny said 1 year ago

    love it!

  • hinpun2

    Julia Ong from SunshineFashion said 1 year ago

    Awesome Work ;)

  • renabenefield

    rena benefield from renabenefield said 1 year ago

    I have never done this before I hope to find out soon thanks

  • ceceponce

    Cece Ponce said 1 year ago

    Hermoso!

  • giahandmade

    Georgia Bazakou from Giahandmade said 1 year ago

    Αγαπώ την δουλειά σας, θα ήθελα να μάθω πως γίνεται ένα κολιέ με τον αργαλειό. Συγχαρητήρια!!!!

  • awers
  • isishealingcentre

    Anna Birtchnell said 1 year ago

    Can anyone direct me to a tutorial on how to get the weave off the loom and all finished ready to hang on a rod? Thanks

  • pampawl1

    Pam Pawl from PamPawlTextiles said 1 year ago

    I have been a professional weaver for over 30 years and am thrilled that weaving is becoming a popular craft again. Simple frame and rigid heddle looms can make wonderful wall hangings, pillow tops, scarves etc using yarns and materials that are easily available. Going on to a floor loom with 4 harnesses is a little more technically challenging but allows the weaver to create more patterned and finer weight cloth. I would suggest taking a weaving workshop or class with an experienced weaver to learn the ins and outs of yarn selection, set up, tensioning, drafting patterns etc.It will save you lots of time and frustration in the long run.

  • artsfromtheforest

    Charlie Weber from artsfromtheforest said 1 year ago

    Very good. Always wanted a loom but got sidetracked with creating Pine Needle baskets for the past 21 years and at 85 I think I will give up the loom idea. Still making baskets.

  • sandrakoehler2

    Sandra Koehler said 326 days ago

    Is.ways like the idea of the weeven. I have even one floor one for a long time. Work on it but circumstances didn't follow the like and now after so many years I'm trying to go back to the weven but forgot some of assembling everything, most important how to work the strings on the pedals. The books don't show that part very much and are a little confuse but I'm still trying and here in San bernardino California I can't find any one that can help. I like all the tips given here even if they only apply to table ones. Thanks

  • bethgatti

    Beth Gatti from bethgatti said 237 days ago

    I started weaving this past Winter and I am hooked! I have created several pieces that I love and many more that I don't. I love how I can (un)weave and start again. I have used several things that are not necessarily typical weaving material. Leather, twigs, raffia and strips of cloth. Thank you so much for all the inspiration!!!

  • TwinAntiques

    Debbie Krusen from TwinAntiques said 233 days ago

    So inspired to start weaving soon! I have often thought of doing it, but couldn't envision a huge loom in my home. It is appealing to do small, creative pieces!

  • infinitlit

    Farideh Nouri from FlairPaintings said 184 days ago

    I really loved it!!!

  • girlygeek0101

    GirlyGeek from EufloriaDesigns said 180 days ago

    I love weaving so very much and started when I was very young! I also love teaching young people, ages 6 and up as this is truly a lost art. www.Etsy.shop/EufloriaDesigns.com

  • tinybluemarble

    Christy from tinybluemarble said 152 days ago

    Great inspiring post. I couldn't agree more with the tip to seek out local expert weavers. Online tutorials are nice, but I always learn so much from another person!

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