8 Tools You Need to Weave Like a Pro

Want to step up your weaving game? Here are some tools to help you get there.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Want to step up your weaving game? Here are some tools to help you get there – from the basics (loom, warp thread) to the more advanced (shuttle, tapestry beater). Scroll on for our full list, below. Happy weaving!
 

1. Loom

There are lots of different kinds of looms out there. If you’re just getting started with weaving, we recommend a small frame loom.
 

2. Cotton warp thread

Your warp is the foundation of your weaving. Cotton thread is spun more tightly than yarn, making it smooth, strong, and less stretchy. These key factors will allow you to easily slide yarn through your weaving while maintaining a balanced tension in your warp on and off the loom.
 

3. Needles

Tapestry, yarn, and wooden nalbinding needles have blunt tips and larger eyes to easily thread yarn through. Their length and shape will help you weave your yarn into the warp more quickly, access tighter areas that call for detail, and sew your loose yarn ends back into your weaving to finish it off.
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4. Scissors and snips

A variety of scissors and snips will come in handy when you need to get in there and accurately cut loose ends of yarn. Scissors are a great tool to have when you’re trying to evenly trim larger amounts of yarn at a time, as you would with fringe created using rya knots. Embroidery scissors and snips allow you to easily clean up any small threads and frays on your finished weaving. Snip, snip!
 

5. Weaving sword (aka "shed stick")

The weaving sword or “shed stick” has multiple uses. When woven into the bottom of your warp, the weaving sword creates margin of yarn that is needed to tie-off your weaving once you’ve taken it off your loom.
 
When used as a shed stick, it is woven into the center of your warp and turned on it’s side, leaving space (shed) for your yarn to pass through more quickly.
 

6. Shuttle

A shuttle will come in handy if you’re planning on weaving a single color across a large area of your weaving.
 

8. Yarn

Any pro weaving list would be incomplete without mentioning yarn! To make your weaving really stand out from the crowd, add some touches of color with hand-dyed yarn.
 
Happy weaving!
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