This Course Will Cover:

Tom Knisely has maintained and woven with hundreds of looms in more than three decades of teaching at The Mannings Handweaving School in rural Pennsylvania. In this course, filmed on location, Tom explains how to get the most from your loom:  

  • The features, advantages, and quirks of numerous types of jack, countermarch, counterbalance, and table looms
  • How to read all kinds of drafts and tie-ups correctly for your loom
  • The tools that every weaver should have
  • Easy steps to keep your loom and other weaving tools in top working order
  • Dozens of tips for trouble-free weaving 

From the beams to the bench, from tie-on to tie-up and sheds to shuttles, Tom shows how to prepare yourself and your loom for a satisfying, successful weaving experience.

About Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely has been teaching handweaving for more than forty years. In addition to teaching, Tom weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. Voted Handwoven Teacher of the Year, Tom is renowned among his weaving students for his kindness, good humor, and seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving. He teaches at the beautiful Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, Pennsylvania.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Meet Your Instructor

    • About Your Instructor

    • Welcome

    • Technical Support

  • 2

    Get to Know Your Loom

    • Video Lesson

    • Loom Basics

  • 3

    Learn About Drafts & Tie-ups

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 4

    The Weaver's Tool Box

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 5

    Warping Tools

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 6

    Your Tool Box

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 7

    Solving Common Problems

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 8

    How to Take Care of Your Loom

    • Video Lesson

    • Key Points

  • 9

    Final Thoughts

    • Conclusion