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Weave a Good Rug

Learn to weave a good rug with Tom Knisely. In this video download 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: EP6198

Author/Speaker/Editor: Tom Knisely

Format: Video Download

Customer Reviews

Wonderful Teaching Tool Review by Nancy

Our weaving guild recently purchased this our second Tom Knisley dvd. The first was well received as will be the second I'm sure. I have previewed both videos for the guild to make sure that they were in good condition, and learned many techniques that will improve my weaving . His teaching technique is well balanced and he repeats motions just enough so that even a shy beginning student can learn them. Although with a dvd one can always go over anything again and again. His gentle manner comes through on his videos . Having met him in person at MAFA, I'd have to say that he's a true treasure and an asset to the weaving community. Until watching this dvd I said I'll never weave rugs and now I'm not so sure...

(Posted on 3/24/14)

More, Please! Review by Janelle

I LOVE Tom Knisely's videos. This is my second one. He is a very good teacher, leaves nothing out (as some teachers are wont to do), has tons of great tips and tool recommendations along the way which can be applied to any form of weaving, and he evokes his love of weaving in his presentation. This video was most informative for a novice who has never attempted a rug. As a result of Knisely's step-by-step methods, I came away much less intimidated. More videos, Mr. Knisely, please!

(Posted on 3/17/14)

enjoyable and informative Review by Dorothy

It was a pleasure to watch this set of two videos. The rugs were inspiring, and the guidance on weaving equipment and techniques was very helpful.
I learned many new things: about fids, passing yarn picks in both directions in the same shed to minimize bulk at the edges, and quickly preparing rags for weft.
As always, Tom Knisely's teaching style was enjoyable.
I am not actually planning on weaving rugs soon, but I thought I might be able to apply this instruction to a design I am working on for a thick, weft-faced vest. I felt reassured that the Damascus edge could work for that, since it works for heavy carpets.
All in all, a very enjoyable and informative product!

(Posted on 12/20/13)

An absolute must for any weaver Review by Janet

The pace of the video is just perfect & Tom explains everything so well & clearly. I found the section on finishing techniques extremely helpful even for someone who has been weaving for over 20 years. I am now in the process of weaving my very first rug (Tom's Boundweave Rug pattern) & I am enjoying the experience immensely. I would highly recommend this video.

(Posted on 11/19/13)

Good Information on Finishing Review by Lisa

I enjoyed this video. I find Tom pleasant to watch and listen to and would love to take a class from him someday. If you are looking for step by step instructions on how to weave a rug, this may not be for you. However, I got a lot of good information from it, especially about finishing your rug. The various techniques Tom demonstrates were worth the cost of the video alone. The accompanying pdf documents do give instructions on making several types of rugs. I will watch this video several times and I'm sure I will get something new each time.

(Posted on 11/4/13)

Infantilising Review by Weaver in Scotland

The pace of this video is glacial, the information repetitive. Do we need to learn, as adults, how to cut rags into strips? Do we need to be told 4 times that the green fabric is the same on both sides? This video is pitched at the intellectual level of a Mr Rogers audience.

A far better use of time would have been to learn the shaft switching technique, or more about rug design. This was geared toward the insecure weaver who wants to follow specific instructions. I don't know this weaver. I thoroughly disliked this video.

(Posted on 11/1/13)