Introduction

Pile weave is created by looping weft yarns around a rod while woven in the warp.

 

You can learn how to weave other fundamental patterns on this blog post, Loom Weaving Tutorial: 6 Weaving Patterns for Beginners (with picture instructions).

Pile Weave Tutorial

For this pattern, you will need one to two rods or thin, circular forms that the yarn can be wrapped around.

Before starting, weave a few rows or plain weave to create a base for the pattern.

pile weave pattern

1. Loosely weave a row of plain weave.

pile weave pattern

2. Insert the rod gently between the first section of warp.

pile weave pattern

Don’t become discouraged if it does not work so easily the first time.If needed, used your fingers to help guide the yarn around the rod.

pile weave pattern

3. With a turning motion, loop the yarn with the rod.

pile weave pattern

 

pile weave pattern

4. Continue this until the last warp yarn. Keep the rod in place.

pile weave pattern

5. Weave a row of plain weave and secure the loops in place.

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

Below the rod has been removed. However, if you would like to build up a few rows of pile weave, then keep the rod in place.

pile weave pattern

Build up the pattern with more pile weave rows. In the following images take note of the pattern on top.

6. Use a second rod to loop the yarns of the second row (following the same instructions as #2-#4).

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

In order to secure the loops, weave 2-3 rows of plain weave after each set of pile weave.

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

pile weave pattern

TIP: You can experiment with texture by elongating the loops or adding an entire section of pile weave to your piece. 

Conclusion

Patterns are just one part of weaving a design. You will find that yarn with different textures and plies look different and effect the appearance of a pattern. Weaving opens up a lot of different possibilities for designing fiber art in various ways. In later blog posts, I will be exploring various ways to build images and design on the loom.

You can learn how to weave other fundamental patterns on this blog post, Loom Weaving Tutorial: 6 Weaving Patterns for Beginners (with picture instructions).

Thank you so much for visiting my site. I hope that it has helped answer some of your questions about basic weaving patterns.