Before you Begin...
Weaving a circle isn't hard, but if you have never woven before you should check out the basics. For your first weaving lesson, go to my post How Begin Weaving Weaving on Frame Loom.
Ready to Weave a Circle?
Circles are tricky to weave, so relax and have fun. If it doesn’t come out looking like a circle the first time, just call it a shape and give it another try. 😊
There are weavers who can weave a circle imagined in their head, but for the rest of us, we need a template. Download the circle template here.
Tape the template to your loom.
Choose two colors of the same size yarn.
Weave section A with color A.
Weave section B with color A.
Weave section C with color A.
Weave the bottom half of section D with color B.
The loose strands in the middle of section D are where I ran out of orange yarn and started a new strand.
We’ll take care of the extra hanging yarn ends later.
Weaving the top half of section D.
The top half will be woven the same as the bottom but in reverse.
Count the rows you wove on the straight edge of the circle.
When you weave the top half of the circle, weave the same amount of straight rows as you counted on the bottom half.
Then fill in the curved portion of the top half.
Now fill in sections E, F, and G with color A.
All there is to do now is clean up the yarns! Just sew the ends into the web.
(Stay tuned, there's a blog post on finishing soon to come!)
Things to Consider
When you're weaving a circle, the sides are the most vulnerable. If you calculate wrong, the circle looks like it has ears. And the smaller the circle, the harder it is to weave.
I wove this circle first but didn't like the way the sides of the circle came out, so I re-did it for this post. Now I'm not sure, I kinda like the original one, too!
The more warp threads per inch, the finer the weave and the easier it is to weave intricate shapes. These were woven on the Lucy Loom that I sell, which has four warp threads per inch. If you'd like to weave a more intricate circle, the Annie Loom has eight warp threads per inch.
On my next blog post, I'll teach you how to weave shapes. After weaving a circle, they'll be easy-peasy-lots-of-fun!
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.
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.