Weaving Instructions

 

Supplies-

■ Loom - Looms come in all shapes and sizes. There are large standing looms used for big projects like rug making, table looms and flat looms or lap looms like the ones we are using in this class. 

 

■ Warp Thread, string or yarn- This is the thread that is first wrapped on your loom and what the yarn will be woven through. What is important here is that you choose the proper weight and texture. The warping needs to be fairly strong and not slippery. It also needs to wrap easily around the loop. Cotton or lightweight wool are good choices.

 

■ Tapestry Needle - You will find needles made from wood and metal. My preference is metal. Another way to weave is by wrapping yarn around a shuttle and moving it through the warp thread. 

 

■ Yarn - We will start standard knitting yarn made from cotton and wool. This is what is typically used for projects that are meant to lie flat like a rug or table runner. For a decorative item like a wall tapestry, there is no limit to the materials that can be woven through the warp thread.  

 

■ Comb - In order to keep patterns woven tightly together you will need to beat or push them down every so often as you go. A comb is a very useful tool especially if you are working with a lightweight yarn but you can also use your fingers to get the job done.

 

■ Scissors - You will need to keep a sharp pair on hand.

 

■ Rod - A dowel, branch or any straight object can be wrapped at the top of the weaving to create a wall hanging.

 

Part 1 - Supplies and Warping

Part 2 - Knotting the Warp

Part 3 - Tabby

Part 5 - Finishing the Pattern

Part 4 - Braid

Part 6 - Tassels and Rods