Your adventure into the world of weaving gorgeous rugs is about to begin!

In this course, filmed on location at The Mannings Handweaving School in rural Pennsylvania, Tom Knisely will teach you all the ins and outs of rug weaving. From fibers to finishing, Tom explains everything you need to know to successfully and comfortably weave attractive, sturdy rugs you’ll delight in having underfoot.

This course covers:

  • Overview of rug structures and the importance of an unbalanced cloth
  • What features to look for in a rug loom in order to create a sturdy piece of fabric
  • Rug shuttles, temples, and other equipment that make rug weaving more successful and easier on the weaver
  • Choosing and preparing materials, from cottons and wools to fabrics for rags
  • Warping techniques specifically for weaving rugs
  • Dozens of tips for weaving warp rep and weft rep, rag, and bound weave rugs
  • Braids, fringes, binding, and other finishing techniques

As a bonus, be sure to check out the Resources section on the for four rug-weaving designs!

About the Instructor

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

Now I want to weave a rug!

“Tom Knisely explains everything so calmly and detailed that it’s a joy to watch and listen. I picked up so many hints that are also good for weaving things. . . . Excellent course!” - LYNN FINDLAY

Says what it is about!

“[A]n excellent video that covers almost every aspect of rug weaving. Tom is an excellent teacher who made the subject interesting. . . . I learned a lot of things I hadn't heard anywhere else.” - Sister Janet Strong

Great guidance.

“Tom's course on rug weaving is very thorough. Presents the information clearly and completely and has given me the confidence (and some great tricks-of-the-trade) . . . !” - Susan McDowell

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to the Course

    2. Meet Your Instructor

    3. Introduction

    4. Technical Support

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

    1. Video Lesson

    2. Key Points

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    2. Key Points

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 34 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content