Finishing your Weaving – This is How you Do It

The last step of any weaving project is always to remove the weave from the loom.

Fortunately, learning this isn’t as difficult as learning how to warp a loom.

But it does depend on which type of loom you are using.

To prevent your weave from falling apart and unraveling as soon as you take it off, it’s important to learn how to finish a weaving loom project the right way.

How to Take Care of Loose Ends

The exact process of finishing your weaving and removing it from the loom depends on the loom you are using.

But if you are using one of the looms for beginners, such as a lap loom or rigid heddle loom, you will always have to secure the end of the weft thread to make sure it doesn’t unravel.

Normally this is done by using a tapestry or weaving needle.

Start off by tieing a knot first and then weave the loose end into the back of your weaving project.

You don’t want to mess up your design, so try to weave the end into a part with the same color.

Constantly check the front and back to make sure it looks ok.

Sometimes this method might not work. In that case, you can try using a hem stitch as well.

The hemstitch is a little more work but generally gives a very nice finish as well.

What to Do With Loose Warp Threads?

If you removed the weave from the loom as shown below, you are left with a bunch of dangling warp threads.

As usual, there are several ways to take care of these.

Weaving Them Back In

Just like the loose end of the weft thread, you can take care of the loose warp threads by weaving them back in.

To do this, start off by knotting two adjacent warp threads into a knot and then weave them back in together using a tapestry needle.

If the loose ends are very long, you can trim them after weaving them in a few stitches.

Continue this process for every single warp thread on both sides.

Just like before, you can also use the hem stitch to take care of the warp threads.

Keeping The Warp Loops

Some weaving looms allow you to take the weave of without having to cut the warp threads.

This way, you are left with warp loops on both ends rather than loose ends.

You can cut these loops anyway and tuck them back into the weave like described above.

Or you can insert a long object such as a dowel rod to keep the warp loops in place.

Since the inserted object will be visible, you should consider which object would go nicely with your design before you start weaving.

One nifty trick is to twist the loops once before inserting anything.

This way the warp loops will look much more pretty and evenly spaced on the dowel rod.

Making New Loops Out of Old Loose Ends

If you want to hang your weave but you have to cut the warp to remove it from the loom, then you can simply tie the loose end back together to form new loops.

This methods basically combines the above two methods into one.

Start by taking two adjacent warp threads and knot them together.

Then weave the knotted warp threads through the weave using a single stitch. But don’t pull them through all the way. Make sure to leave enough to form the loop.

Finally, tie two sets of two knotted warp ends together to secure the looms.

Check this post by theweavingloom for step by step instruction and photos.

The tricky part is to make sure that every loop you make is the same size to make sure you weave will hang horizontally.

How to Remove a Weave from a Lap Loom

Depending on the model of your loom, the way you can take off and finish the weave is different.

For example, if your loom has notches or pegs that hold the warp threads you can simply slide them off one by one.

But if you loom doesn’t have either, you will probably have to cut the warp threads to remove it.

Looms with Notches or Pegs

  1. Carefully take off all the loop from the nails without tugging or pulling the threads too much.
  2. Cut the warp thread at the beginning of the weave where the warp is attached to the loom with a knot.
  3. At the two edges, you want to take the loose strand and the adjacent loop and knot them together. You can use an overhand knot or any other knot you prefer. The loops in the middle can be knot individually.
  4. Do the same process on the other side of your weave.
  5. To safely secure the two side strands, you can either weave them back in or simply knot them around the adjacent loop.

Tying the knots is much easier if you have plenty of space between the loops and the start of your weave. So keep that in mind next time you start weaving.

Other Looms

  1. Cut all the warp threads as close to the bar as possible.
  2. Weave the loose end into the back side of the weave with a tapestry needle.
  3. Tug the thread to make sure they are tightly secured.
  4. If the warp threads are too long you can trim them after weaving them back in.

There are many other ways to finish and take care of the loose ends.

For example, you could also use the hem stitch or tie them into loops around a bar to create a wall hanging.

How to Remove a Weave from a Rigid Heddle Loom?

If you are using a rigid-heddle loom, the process of removing the weave from the loom is slightly different.

  1. Cut the yarn that is attached to the apron bar. Make sure not to cut the apron strings as well.
  2. Remove the thread from the reed by simply pushing down on the weave.
  3. Unroll the entire weave from the front bar and remove the weave by untying the bow ties.
  4. Tie the tassels with your favorite knot.
  5. Secure the side thread by weaving it back into your project. If the thread is too long you can cut it shorter.

Optionally you can align the tassels on both sides and cut them to the appropriate length.

How to Remove a Weave from an Inkle Loom

If you only have a little bit of warp thread left and shedding becomes difficult, it’s time to finish your weave and remove it from the inkle loom.

  1. Secure the weft thread by weaving it back in or using the hem stitch.
  2. Release the tension of the weave by moving the tension peg forward.
  3. Cut the warp threads to remove the weave from the loom.
  4. Finish your weave by taking care of the loose warp threads.

One popular method to finish on an inkle loom is to fold the end of the band and to use a sewing machine to secure it.

But the right method will depend on the future purpose of your weave and the design you are going for.