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Weave a Good Rug with Tom Knisely: From Fiber to Finish

Learn to weave a good rug with Tom Knisely. In this DVD workshop, Tom walks through everything that’s needed for rug weaving, from fiber selection to weaving to finishing techniques.

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Take Your Weaving Skills to New Heights With Rug Weaving!


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 good 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.

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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.

Weave A Good Rug
About the Author
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.”

SKU: 13WV03

Author/Speaker/Editor: Tom Knisely

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781620331439

Customer Reviews

very useful, practical information Review by Kathleen

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 2/9/14)

A Wealth of Information Review by Darlene

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 are terrific.

(Posted on 5/26/13)