How to weave a circle?

Weaving Shapes on the Loom Guide

 

Introduction

Weaving a circle takes practice to develop the type of curve appearance you desire. A woven circle can appear curved with crispy edges, or more geometric with boxy edges- but one thing is for sure, it takes a lot of practice to create the circle appearance that you want.

In this guide you will learn how to weave circles. For a full list of shapes included, you can check out this post Weaving Shapes on the Loom Guide. 

Now, let’s add some shapes to your weaving!

Circle Weaving Tutorial

Step 1: Create a circle template. Here are 3 methods to create this template. Use the paper template as a guide for the circle edge.

Step 2: Weave around the circular outline. Follow the form and build up the weft yarns to the height of the curve of the circle in each row.

 

Method 1

Draw a circle on paper first by tracing a cup or another circular object. Place the paper behind the warp yarns. Pin it or clip it to the warp or lay it down under/ behind the loom.

weaving a circle method 1

weaving a circle method 1

weaving a circle method 1

This first method I found to be a bit difficult to use. Attaching the paper or template to the warp yarns can be a bit challenging because the paper fell often and it was difficult to keep the paper in place. So, the next two methods I found a bit more easier to use.

As mentioned before, weaving circles need practice, so take your time!

Method 2

Draw a circle on card stock paper first by tracing a cup or another circular object. Cut out the outline. Intertwine the paper between the warp to hold it in place.

weaving a circle method 2 weaving a circle method 2

weaving a circle method 2

The circle has equal 4 parts. So, if you wish to mirror each side from the first quarter, then it could create an equal circle.

weaving a circle method 2

 

Method 3

Take a circular object or circle template and place it over the warp. Take a marker and mark the circle outline on the warp. 

weaving a circle

weaving a circle

weaving a circle method 3

After weaving one side, mirror the pattern on the other to create an equal circle.

Conclusion:

Circles add an interesting pattern to weaving and dimension. Although it may take some time to learn the best circle weaving method, with practice and patience you will be weaving circles in no time!

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