Tom Knisely

Notes From the Fell: Some Thoughts about Borders

Borders on items like rugs, runners and blankets can vastly improve them in the same way that a frame can improve a painting.

Loom Maintenance and a Pledge of Patience

The feedback I’ve received from viewers of my video The Loom Owner's Companion has been unbelievable and very positive.

Spinning Wheels Old and New

First of all, I apologize for bursting any romantic ideas about spinning wheels, but they are simply a means of twisting fiber into a usable thread.

Notes from the Fell: Rag Weaving--For the Love of Rags

Rag weaving is a wonderful way to take old textiles and give them new life. It should come as no surprise that weavers from around the world and throughout time have embraced weaving with rags.

Notes from the Fell: Our Libraries

Since buying my first weaving book, my collection has grown quite a bit. For many of us, our libraries are sources of valuable information and inspiration.

Discovering Our Roots: The History of Modern American Handweaving

In the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven Tom Knisely travels to a little town in Michigan to learn more about his handweaving past and ends up learning about the history of modern American handweaving.

Saying Goodbye to The Mannings

As The Mannings prepares to close its doors for good, Tom gives one last tribute to the school where he got his start weaving, spinning, and teaching. 

Notes from the Fell: Savvy Selvedges for Boundweave

Getting tidy selvedges when weaving boundweave can be tricky, but with a little know-how you can keep them clean.

Notes from the Fell: On Looms

Weaving has a long history that goes back tens of thousands of years. In that time while the basics of weaving have remained mostly the same, the technology we use has drastically changed.

Tom Knisely: Are You All Finished?

Tom Knisely shares an extra special way to finish a handwoven rug.