How to Begin Weaving on a Frame Loom

How to Begin Weaving on  a Frame Loom

Welcome to weaving!

This is the first in a series of tutorials in which I'll teach you the basics of weaving on a simple frame loom. The techniques can be done on any size loom.

I'll be using my Lucy Loom, click here to get one for yourself!

In this post, I'll show you how to get started on your weaving project.



The yarn wound on the loom is called the warpEach yarn strand wound on the loom is called a warp end.

You’re going to weave back and forth with the weft yarn. A row of weft yarn is called a pick.


Begin to weave

Measure your first strand, about one yard. Thread up a large eye needle and start weaving!

You can begin to weave on either side of the loom. Leave a tail about 4 inches long hanging on the selvedge.

The selvedges are the sides of the woven piece.

Pass the needle over one warp end and under the next. Over, under, over, under- that’s the mantra.

After you weave across all of the warp ends, make an arc with the yarn, then pack it down. This makes the weft fall in between the warp ends. 

make an arch in the weft yarn

If you pull the yarn through without letting it have a chance to settle in, eventually it will start to pull in the selvedges, and your finished piece will be more narrow on the top than the bottom.

Pack down each row with your fingers- you can also use a table fork.

Some weavers like to use a weaving comb or fork, and you can find beautiful tools out there, but for now, your fingers are fine. And they are easy to find when you need them! 


Begin a New Strand

You can start a new yarn strand anywhere on the weaving. I like to begin each new strand randomly, that way I don’t build up bulk when it comes time to sew the hanging threads into the back of the piece.

 Leave at least 4 inches of the old and new strands hanging until finishing time.


How to begin a new strand


Now that you know how to start weaving, it's time to try stripes!

How to weave horizontal stripes on a little loomHow to Weave Horizontal Stripes


Learn to Weave on a Frame Loom Series

This post is part of a series of tutorials in which I teach you the basics of weaving on a simple frame loom. The techniques can be done on any size loom.   

 I'm using my Lucy loom, click here to see it in the shop!


Getting Started Weaving

Learn to weave on a frame loom, getting started

Horizontal Stripes

learn to weave horizontal stripes

Vertical Stripes


How to weave checkers


how to weave dots

Diagonal Shapes


how to weave a circle


Learn to weave shapes

Rya Knots

 learn to weave rya knots

Pile Weaves

 How to weave shaggy and loopy pile

These Lessons are in my Book! 

You never know where you might find yourself weaving.

In the park, under a tree, or maybe even up in the tree!

No worries, this little book will fit right into your project bag, so you can take it with you anywhere your heart desires. And you will be a happy weaver.

Little Loom Companion Book

click here to see the book