Anatomy of a Loom

Life has been speeding by!
I love working from home because I can bring my dogs to the office and play whatever music I want without bothering coworkers... but it also means that sometimes I take on too much and my office hours last all day long! After my work for Abejas everyday I work on projects for my freelance clients and then try to squeeze in weaving/family time. It hasn't been too hard to adjust to a busy schedule - it's parallel to the work/school/homework juggling that I've been used to from college - it just means that I've had to number my priorities more. Sadly all of the weaving tutorials I planned have been put on the back burner for a while. To make up for that, here's a little visual aid to remind you about the beauty of fiber art!

Anatomy of a Loom
Heddles - Allow multiple warp strings to be lifted at once. Tutorial Here.
Leashes - Attach warp strings to heddles.
Heddle Stands - Hold the heddles in place when they are lifted.
Frame Loom - Simplest loom design involving square shape with pegs to hold the warp strings at each end.
Weaving Needle - My preferred method of weaving the string. Extra long, extra thick needle.
Warp - Strings that run vertically, are attached to the loom.
Weft - Strings that run horizontally.
Tension Rainbows - Method creating 'rainbow' shapes while running the weft strings across. Maintains even tension so that the weave isn't pulled too tight.
Butterflies - An easy way to knot a length of long string to stay in place while working on a different spot of the weave.
Comb - My preferred tool to beat down the tension rainbows.
Scissors - Mandatory


  1. That's a lovely post, but there is something I cannot quite understand. Why are there two rows of nails on the loom? Are they needed? I am looking around the web and can't find an explanation..
    Your answer would be really helpful, because I am thinking of following your tutorial and make a loom of my own out of a picture frame!!

    Thank you! xoxo

    1. Hi Pandora (Great name by the way!) The only reason I have two rows of nails is because they would be quite close together if they were all in one row. It would make it difficult to nail them in evenly and warp the string, but that's just my personal preference - you can certainly have just one row and it will work great! If you have any other questions about building a loom or getting started I would love to answer them. Good luck!