Learn to Make Rya Knots on a Frame Loom

Learn to Make Rya Knots on a Frame Loom

A Note for Beginners...

learn to weaveIt's not difficult to weave shapes, 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.

Rya Knots

Rya knots can be woven as a fringe, or if you pack them in densely, you’ll get a pile weave. Pile weave is like a velvety-soft, shaggy rug. I use two colors to help you understand the process, but you can use one color for both the knots and the rows you weave.

Weave several rows of color A.

Cut several strands of color B, about 5 inches long.

Loop a strand around 2 warp threads, then bring the ends of the strand up between the warp threads.

making a rya knot

rya knot on the loom


Make several rya knots across the web (your weaving).

Pack the knots down onto the weaving.

rya knots along a weaving row


Weave 2 rows of color A on top of the rya knots.

weaving over rya knots


Make another row of knots and this time place them between the previous row of knots.

two rows of rya knots


Off-setting the knots from the previous row creates a dense pile. Repeat this process as much as you like- your entire piece could be rya knots.   

dense rya knots on the loom

Or you can stop at just one row of knots if you want a simple fringe on your weaving. This little weaving has a couple of rows of rya knots at the bottom.

little pink wall hanging using rya knots

This is part one in my tutorials about pile weaves, in part two I'll show you how to make the rya knots look shaggy for some fun texture!

shaggy rya

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 get one for yourself!

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



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