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Many weavers have been taught that there are “weaving yarns" (the ones that come on cones), and then there are “novelty" knitting yarns that can't be used on a loom. In this video, master weaver, mythbuster, and yarn explorer Tom Knisely shows that weaving yarn doesn't have to come on a cone, and that weaving with novelty yarns opens a whole new world of design possibilities for woven fabric.

Tom has spent his teaching and weaving career in a yarn shop, experimenting with every kind of yarn there is, and now you can reap the riches of his vast experience, his weaving wisdom, and his ever-present sense of fun. With Tom at your side, every delicious yarn in your stash or your local yarn shop will become fertile ground for your weaving imagination.

You'll Love This Weaving Video If:

  • You want to try weaving with knitting yarns or “shop your stash"
  • You want to design your own weaving projects
  • You want tips to make your weaving easier and more fun

In The Weaver's Yarn Companion You'll Learn:

  • How to tell which yarns are right for warp
  • How to pair novelty yarns with other yarns to enhance durability
  • Tricks for designing, warping, and weaving with delicate or textured yarns
  • How to repair a broken thread quickly and cleanly
  • How to finish novelty fabrics
  • The best hemstitching trick you've ever seen!

About the Expert:

For more than thirty years, Tom Knisely has been handweaving teacher and general manager at The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. 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."


Very helpful. Tom Knisely is a great instructor!

“I enjoy how Tom shares his tips and tricks. This video will help me improve my efficiency at the loom. Very useful video. Thanks, Tom! ” - Debbi Lucas

Thank You Tom Knisely

“The warping techniques are good for all fiber types and I can’t wait to try them. I will be revisiting this video many times.” - Bridget Flynn

Weaving with Novelty Threads

“As a teacher myself I find Tom to be excellent. He talks just as though he is present personally. He anticipated many questions I had. And much of what he says is applicable to weaving with non-novelty yarns.” - Judith Sebesta