Get the Most Out of Your Loom

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 Reviews

Great Overview

“This was a great overview of the different types of looms and how and why they work. I have had a jack loom for several years and I learned so much. I know I'll be back for the information on maintenance too.” - Sara Clevering

Perfect for a New Loom Owner

“Fantastic course! I learned a great deal and especially appreciated that he covered countermarch looms in addition to the more common [ones]. His clear demonstrations and advice show you how to fix or avoid many common problems. ” - Jane Abbott


“Ought to be called "Zen and the Art of Loom Maintenance!" I love understanding the mechanical workings of my loom and, now, I know how to care for them as well.” - Elizabeth Nadeau

Helpful for loom restoration!

“An older loom recently came to me after several years sitting dormant. This video helped cover everything I need to do to get it up and weaving again!” - Donita Westman

Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor

    2. About Your Instructor

    3. Welcome

    4. Technical Support

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Loom Basics

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 19 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content