Ultimate Guide to Inkle Loom Weaving with Free Projects

Inkle loom weaving is easier than you think and is a great way to start weaving for beginners especially with this FREE guide and 5 free weaving projects.

Long Thread Editorial Staff Apr 16, 2018 - 6 min read

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Learn everything you need to know about inkle loom weaving in this free ebook

I am endlessly fascinated by inkle loom weaving. They can be used to create some truly beautiful pieces of weaving using the simplest of equipment. The bands woven on these looms are versatile and incredibly useful. You can use them on their own as hat bands or shoelaces, or you can use them to trim other handwoven cloth. You can even sew bands together to create functional bags and pouches that are thick and durable.

Inkle Loom Weaving patterns and tips in this free eBook cover a lovely array of fabric types in many different materials.

Sneak-Peek at the Inkle Loom Weaving Patterns You'll Make:

How to Make a PVC Loom

Lear how to make an inkle weaving loom in this free guide.

Make a Loom and Weave a Hatband in Two Days by Sharon Kersten To build this PVC loom, you’ll need to gather a few basic hand tools and take a trip to your local hardware or home improvement center. Learn how to construct a loom, warp it, and weave a project all within a weekend. This lightweight, portable loom is suitable for small projects like hatbands and bookmarks. It can easily be disassembled for travel when needed.

Simple Weaving Project

You'll love this easy inkle weaving project that involves weaving plaids.

Hatband by Sharon Kersten Weaving plaids is always a fun and exciting surprise ... you never know how the colors are going to look until you’ve finished weaving them together! This amazing summer plaid scarf weaving pattern is not only beautiful, it’s a great way to experiment with color. You’ll love the bright eye-catching greens and blues blended with a grayed-turquoise and accented gold stripe–colors that are certain to complement any summer wardrobe. So if you are looking for a quick and easy plaid fix, this woven scarf pattern is a rigid heddle loom pattern must-have!

Weaving Texture

Learn how to weave texture in this free inkle loom weaving guide.

Stars and Stripes by Amy Abbott Thinking texture instead of structure is a good way to approach pattern weaving on the rigid-heddle loom. Since there are no shafts to create the weave patterns, you must rely on other tricks! Of course, interesting yarns and colors woven in simple plain weave can be wonderfully effective. But if texture is to be provided by something other than yarn, there are two possibilities: finger-manipulated techniques such as loops, rya knots, soumak, or simple wrapping—or pattern floats created with a pick-up stick. Learn the tricks of inlay weft patterning and weft pile with the free rigid-heddle loom patterns provided in this free eBook.

Weaving Bands

Learn how to weave bands in this free inkle loom weaving ebook.

Bands, Bands, Bands, and More Bands! By Christi Eales Ehler Jaspe is the Guatemalan term for ikat. These inkle-woven bands take advantage of the unique design principles of Guatemalan jaspe fabrics as well as their rich and glorious rainbows of colors. Weave these versatile bands to create a sturdy belt or strap. Discover how great bands and belts can be for experimenting with color with this free project.

Weaving a Necklace

Learn how to weave a necklace on an inkle weaving loom.

A Pincushion Necklace for You or Your Loom by Amy Abbott A wide inkle-woven band is divided into two narrower bands to make handy hanging straps. The unique split straps and the tubular inkle-woven trim makes this project an interesting departure from traditional inkle bands. Wear the pincushion around your neck or hang it from the castle of your loom.

If you’re just learning how to weave, start with an overview of the equipment needed, and the descriptive weaving terms section. Once you understand the language of weaving, you’re prepared to learn how to warp a loom and will love the section dedicated to instruction on both front to back and back to front techniques. Once you’re a ready to start the weaving process, skip ahead to the free projects section and enjoy making fulled wool scarves in a fabulous array of colors—they’re quick and easy, and sure to be worn proudly for years to come!