Weave a Good Rug with Tom Knisely: From Fiber to Finish DVD
Learn How to Weave a Rug the RIGHT Way
Rugs present some unique weaving challenges. They can be rustic, elegant, or just plain fun, but they also have to be, well, rugged.
In this video, filmed on location at The Mannings Handweaving School in rural Pennsylvania, Tom Knisely explains how to weave a rug.
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.
Here’s just a sampling of all the weaving tips and techniques that you will learn from this three and a half-hour video workshop:
- 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 makes rug weaving mores successful and easier on the weaver
- Choosing and preparing materials, from cottons and wools to fabrics for rags, for rug weaving
- Warping techniques specifically for weaving rugs
- Dozens of tips for weaving warp rep and weft rep, rag, and boundweave rugs
- Braids, fringes, binding, and other finishing techniques
This workshop is available as a 2-disc DVD, a standard definition video download, and a high-definition video download.
- This is one of THE best tutorials I've gotten thus far. Tom is a wonderful teacher, the sound and videography in this DVD are perfect. Tom goes through some theory and historical aspects, briefly, and then gets down to the intricacies of how to prepare the "rags" from cloth and how to deal with it on your loom (he also details how to make your loom more appropriate for rug making, and which looms work the best for this technique- the more heavy-type floor looms work the best because of the weight needed to beat properly, as well as the sturdiness of the loom itself -- that said, I do know people who make rag rugs on lighter looms and don't have trouble, so don't let this aspect discourage you)......it is also a great accompaniment to the book he did on making rag rugs.... This video is one that I will refer back to often......if not for inspiration, but for the little details which I might need reinforcing.....I really enjoyed this video on so many levels. I really wish Tom made many more tutorials, I'd get them all, he's that good. (Posted on 9/6/2016)
- i love this dvd...it is full of valuable information...i have made some rugs, but this dvd taught me an amazing amount... loved it!! (Posted on 7/25/2016)
- Very informational
- Tom is a wonderful instructor with a great personality and doesn't hesitate to mention some of his past mistakes in his lessons. Also, loved learning about different tools and techniques that will make weaving more pleasurable (if that's possible). Thank you Tom and Interweave! (Posted on 8/17/2015)
- Sold out for a reason!
- When I got to the correct page to write this review, I noticed that this DVD is sold out. I'm not surprised, and I'm very glad I got my copy when I did. In person, Tom is a wonderful teacher. He's patient and thoughtful and really listens to his students. Watching this DVD is almost like getting a one-on-one class from him. The information is presented in a clear manner and all of it is relevant to what I want to accomplish. Kudos, Tom, for another great lesson! (Posted on 3/9/2015)
- There were so many excellent tips for weaving in general that even if I never make a rug I expect all of my future weaving will benefit and will have a better finished look than before. The video was wonderfully produced. Tom Knisely explains things very well, is generous with his information, and sets a very good pace. The camera work was also excellent, so that we could see the techniques clearly. Thanks very much! (Posted on 10/3/2014)
- very useful, practical information
- I have woven rugs for my own use, but I want to weave a rug as a gift now, so results are important. After watching Tom's video, I feel confident that I will be able to weave a well-planned and well-executed rug using what I have learned. For example, when weaving a rag rug, choose fabric that has deep color on both sides to avoid the need to carefully fold in and hide the pale side. Seems obvious now, but I didn't do this in the past. The video was very well filmed allowing good views of what Tom was doing as he wove. As a bonus, seeing the rugs in the video gave me design ideas. I considered giving this video 4 stars because there was not a lot of information about other options. For example, I usually use bed sheets purchased at the thrift store for my fabric, not new fabric. I did not hear this option mentioned. But I do recommend the video to anyone who wants to weave rugs. I learned a lot. (Posted on 2/9/2014)
- A Wealth of Information
- I buy a lot of DVD's for spinning and weaving, but this video by far is the best. Tom goes virtually every aspect of rug weaving from the types of weave structures, to weaving materials and equipment, to finishing techniques with a teaching method that is relaxed and easy to understand. The information contained in this book is complete so if you are a new weaver you will be able to plan and weave your first rug after watching this video, if you are an experienced weaver you will learn about a couple of new tips, tools and techniques that are ingenious. And hats off to Interweave, for the production of this product was very good with excellent close ups so you can see what he is doing. I liked this video so much I immediately got online and sprung for his other video "The Loom Owners Companion". I hope you are working on a book, or another video....you are terrific. (Posted on 5/26/2013)
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