Learn to Weave Shaggy and Loopy Pile

Learn to Weave Shaggy and Loopy Pile

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.

Weave a Shaggy Pile

In my last post, I showed you how to make fringe with rya knots.

rya knots

Now I'm going to show you how to weave the knots into a shaggy pile. Later on in this post, I'll show you a fun way to make loopy pile too.

This time I doubled the yarn to make a nice thick rya knot. I also changed directions, these knots are facing up on the loom. I did this to make the yarn want to stick up rather than hanging down like fringe.

I also double the knots because two colors are fun. Don't you think so?

making a rya knot


Pack the row down. 

Rya knots in a row

 I don't put a rya knot on the first and last warp thread. I think it makes a neater edge. Otherwise, you'd have to wrap the weft yarn around the rya knot, and that could look messy.

row of rya knots


Weave two rows of the weft yarn (mine is purple yarn) between each row of rya knots. If you're not sure how to do this refer to my last post, How to Make Rya Knots.

Keep making your pile until you've reached the pile-ness you desire. 

rya knots make a pile weave


You can leave the pile with an uneven shag, or you can trim it down. I love this part, it's so exciting to think I might mess the whole thing up.

And then decide I want it that way, of course.

trimming the pile weave

Now it's time to try some loops

You can use lots of different things to wrap your loops around. I use a straw because it's cute, but a wooden dowel rod, a knitting needle, or a pencil would work well too.

Weave a few rows of the weft yarn. 

Then weave one more row for the loops. After you weave the row, put the straw over the warp, and loop the weft yarn around it. You will take the yarn up between each warp thread. 

wrapping the yarn around a straw to make loops.

 Making loops in the weaving


Weave two rows over the loops.

weaving over a row of loops


I wove the next row of loops by pulling the yarn up between the third warp thread, then continuing to the edge. This creates a more dense pile.

weaving loops


I hope you learned a bit! If you have any questions, just write it in the comment section, or send me a message.

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


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!


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

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