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 will cover:

  • 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 patterns!

About the Instructor

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

    Getting Started

    • Welcome to the Course
    • Meet Your Instructor
    • Introduction
    • Technical Support
  • 2

    Looms for Rug Weaving

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 3

    Rug Weaving Equipment

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 4

    Rug Weaving Materials

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 5

    Preparation

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 6

    How to Warp for Rugs

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 7

    Weaving a Warp-Faced Rug

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 8

    Weaving a Rep Rug

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 9

    Weaving a Weft-Faced Rug

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 10

    Weaving a Rag Rug

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 11

    Damascus Edging

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 12

    Knotted Edges

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 13

    Rolled Hems & Bindings

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 14

    Fringes & Braids

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
  • 15

    Final Finishing

    • Video Lesson
    • Key Points
    • Thank You!
  • 16

    Resources

    • Rugs to Weave PDF