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Creative Weaving: Weaving Leno with Sara Bixler

Join weaving expert Sara Bixler and learn an easy yet impressive technique for your rigid heddle loom or any floor loom. Create open weave lace patterns by physically manipulating individual threads to change their orientation and appearance. In this tutorial, learn three major types of leno lace weaving including single threads, groups of two, or groups of three. This durable lace technique is a great way to embellish the ends of towels or scarves and bring elegance to simple woven fabric.

You’ll love this weaving video if you want to:

  • Add variety to simple color palettes and weave patterns
  • Embellish plain weave with elegant, durable lace
  • Learn a weaving technique that is easy to learn yet visually impressive

Techniques Demonstrated in Video:

  • Manipulate one thread for one thread in an open shed technique
  • Expanding the technique to include groups of two and three threads
  • Troubleshooting and fixing mistakes

About the Expert:

Sara Bixler is an instructor at the Mannings Handweaving School in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in K-12 education—although she gives full credit to the depth of her knowledge to her apprenticeship with her father, Tom Knisely. Sara is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine and Weaving Today. Sara’s body of work is all-encompassing, and she strives to have an eclectic and diverse knowledge base in all the fiber arts. This range of cross-media knowledge broadens her body of work and allows great flexibility when instructing students from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.


Sara is really a good instructor.

“She explains the technique clearly, explaining exactly how she is doing it and what problems or mistakes can occur and be corrected or prevented. She also other aspects of a technique, such as using plain weave between the sets of leno and why. And she went back and re-capped everything.” - Kenwyn Theobald

Very informative video

“Sara is an excellent instructor. As a newbie, I now feel much more confident doing Leno. I feel like she was sitting next to me explaining everything in person. Thanks, Sara!” - Diane Lathrop

Clear Fun Instructions

“Sara, took her time and explained everything many times. She did a great job of telling what kind of errors to look out for and how to make sure your piece is structurally sound. I can't wait to try it out for myself.” - Rory Brown