Why are we looking at weaving tutorials?
Well it’s summertime and we’re not usually ones to stay inside for days on end but really.
It’s been over 100 degrees for the past two weeks.
So we’re embracing this hot weather to do some fun inside craft projects. These are the ones that we’d usually consider doing in the winter when it’s cold outside but here goes.
Welcome to our newfound love…..weaving.
We’ve tried out macrame and made a few fun wall hangings and now we’re focusing on some new textures and some small rugs.
So we’re going to share all the resources that we dug up when we were trying to figure it out, and then we’ll share our DIY loom and our first project!
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When you’re first starting out you have to learn the lingo and figure out what tools you actually need to be able to weave.
Of course we’re always going to suggest that you start with a simple project to see it it’s an activity that you’re going to enjoy. Any tools that you can DIY to start with is a bonus in our books. If you can use scraps from other projects that’s even better!
Try it before you invest in any special tools and items that you’ll need for the more advanced projects.
Do you know what these mean? Loom. Warp. Weft. Shed. Heddle.
These are your basic terms that you’ll want to understand before you start down this journey!
Loom: A loom is the structure that you’re going to use to hold your project. There are different styles, a lap loom, a wall loom, a round loom. You can even use sticks to build a loom. You can also DIY a loom to get started out of cardboard or a picture frame.
Your loom is the base that holds your project.
Warp: The warp is the thread or string that you attach to your loom. It makes the lines that you will weave your material into.
Weft: The weft is the material that you’ll actually be weaving. It’s the part that makes the pretty patterns and colors in your project.
Shed and Heddle – well now those need a little more explaining so I’ll leave them to the experts. Let me just say that for a small project, or a beginning project, you don’t necessarily need to know about shed and heddle. Read a better explanation about these here – and if you’re still shaking your head then go ahead and try a simple project.
We found it was much easier to understand some of the terms once we actually got going in a project.
You might say we are hands on learners.
Beginner Weaving Tutorial by A Beautiful Mess
This is a basic weaving class tutorial and it’s very thorough and has lot’s of photo’s.
We do love photo’s in a tutorial!
The photo’s make it easy to follow along and understand what you’re doing as you go through the project. And the tassels add a lot of personality to the project so you can really use some great colors.
This tutorial walks us through all of the basic terminology and supplies that a beginner might need and then walks us through a simple project.
Once you graduate from the beginner class you can purchase their book for even more fun projects and inspiration.
Mini Weaving Tutorial Using a Clipboard
We know you’ve got a clipboard somewhere.
It doesn’t even have to be a cute clipboard, the plain brown one works just fine!
If you don’t have a clipboard then you can use a scrap piece of wood or a piece of cardboard to follow along with this tutorial.
This project makes a mini wall weaving of just 10 rows across so it’s an easy project to begin with. She has great links for more in depth photo’s and tutorials but I think you’ll easily get the hang of it by following along!
It’s also small enough to finish in one sitting so it doesn’t feel like a huge commitment.
A Weaving Tutorial Featuring a Design
This is a two part tutorial and the link will drop you into part two, but you can easily find the start of the tutorial if you’d like.
Part one is setting up your loom and making tassels, part two shows you how to add a design into your weaving.
I’m not brave enough to try this for a first project, but after checking out the tutorial I don’t think it’s too incredibly hard. The hardest part may be just deciding which colors to use for the project!
Weaving Tutorial for Coasters
Here’s an easy tutorial for a small project!
And the bonus is that they use cardboard for their loom so it’s a great beginner project.
She didn’t show the steps to making the triangles but she explains it well enough that I think we can figure it out.
This tutorial definitely seems easy enough for a beginner. And small enough.
I think this might be the first one we try!
How to Start Weaving on a Budget
The Weaving Loom is a site that covers all kinds of tutorials about weaving. I wasn’t even sure which one to share so start with the weaving on a budget and then keep clicking around to find anything and everything that you’re looking for.
She has an entire category for beginners that has so much information. Go ahead and nerd out on all things weaving right there and enjoy it!
How to Weave a T-Shirt Rug
Now here’s a tutorial that we can easily get behind!
Scrap wood to build a loom – check.
T-shirts of various colors – check.
This is an easy beginner tutorial that uses things I’ve already got around the house. In my book that’s a bonus.
Some might even call is upcycling. I mean who doesn’t have a load of t-shirts always waiting to be donated or traded?
Okay, if you don’t have kids I might believe you.
This tutorial shows you how to build a frame to make a rectangle rug and then she’s also got a tutorial on making a round rug so be sure to check that out too.
Weaving Tutorials that are a bit more Advanced
I would still consider these tutorials beginning tutorials, but they are probably not the ones that I would choose for my first project.
These give you a few more techniques to use with your materials and some ideas on different materials to use. They also go in depth on explaining a few other knots that can be used.
None of these seem hard, but you want to be comfortable with the basic weave and how much tension you need in your loom before moving onto more expensive materials.
Woven Wall Hanging Tutorial
This tutorial seems a little bit advanced for a first project, but I still think it’s a beginner project. She uses a picture frame for a loom, a dowel for a shed rod and a fork for pushing the yarn down.
I love the wool roving that she added and it just gives a purely fluffy and fun look to the project.
But we love the simple materials that she used for the project that makes it so much easier to get started without investing a lot of money.
This tutorial has a great deal of photo’s to explain each step and clear instructions.
Because I need to try anything and then read the directions at least 12 times to get it right.
Thank goodness for the photo’s.
Weaving Tutorial to Add Texture to Your Project
Here are some fun ideas on how to switch up your techniques and materials.
There are photo’s and step by step instructions for the soumak technique, fringe, using different materials, how to group strands and how to create pile.
The pile has a gorgeous bubble effect to it and she walks you through each step on how to achieve it.
Be sure to read through the entire tutorial because she offers some great tips and pointers in each section on how to improve your weaving.
All Kinds of Weaving Tutorials
This is by far one of my favorite sites for weaving skills. There are some free tutorials and also classes to purchase.
Lindsey has a shop full of supplies that she recommends so you can get all you need for your projects.
You can even join her subscription service and get a new project each month to learn new skills and techniques.
I highly encourage you to check out all her amazing designs!
Soooo which of these projects are you planning to try?
I think we’ve got all of them on our list right now. So we’re going to start by checking what supplies we already own and that will help us decide which one is first.
Be sure to share your projects and comments below – we always love to see your inspirations!