More on circular weaving

I wanted to post pictures showing more detail about the construction of the circular hats from previous posts. Here they are!

The color theme for this hat was blue. My challenging color. I used some of y own hand spun and some commercial novelties. In this picture I want to show with more detail how the warp wraps around the grooves.

Wrapping around the grooves

Sorry for the shaky hand!

Back of project

This is how it should look at the back of the cardboard. Then, proceed with the weaving process as normal.

Circular weaving

When you are ready to release your piece from the cardboard, just pull each section from the grooves.


It should come out easy. These ends hold your circle together.


This picture show it with more detail from back to front.

Pulling circle off cardboard

You will use this ends to cast on the stitches needed to make the head band for the hat.

Ends for cast on stitches

Now, I haven’t try this, but I will definitely do it next time. I will trow the woven circle in the washing machine for a few minutes to full the piece and see what happens. I’m thinking that it will give the cloth more strength.

crocheting the head band

The last step is to pick up the stitches to crochet (or cast on stitches to knit) the head band for the hat. I hope this make sense. If you try this, please send pictures. I would love to post them here! Happy weaving!

It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

30 thoughts on “More on circular weaving

  1. I learned this technique in primary school. Loved it! Took it home to experiment and I don’t know how many dolls, pincushions etc. I made… Never thought of hats! Great idea and they look beautiful.


  2. I have just started this, too! I warped one of those plastic circle looms last night just to try it out, using just regular acrylic 4 ply yarn. Working on it off and on all day I’m almost finished with the first circle. I decided to see if anyone else was doing this and if so, what they were making with their circles, so I did a google search and your site came up. I’m not sure what mine will eventually be, but I like your idea a lot.
    PS – the link to the book (Weaver’s Craft by L. E. Simpson ) – I found that exact book in a used book sale in Scotland while visiting there two years ago. Immediately bought it and have read through it several times. Very informative book and I’m glad I have it on my shelf for future reference.


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  4. We used to use this technique to make a tea cosy when I was a child in England back in the 40s. They were made in a beehive shape and had a slot on each side for the handle and the spout…..meant to keep the tea from getting cold…and they worked….we also make egg cosys for boiled eggs. No central heating in England in those days and things cooled down in a hurry!


      • How would you make a “frame” large enough to create a room size rug? I was thinking maybe a “backing” made of duck cloth or heavy muslin, put stitches around the fabric, making a circle large enough for the rug’s dimensions? Or would you just start a regular size one and keep adding somehow? I’ve not done this before, but it’s facinating.


  5. I have been thinking about making a rug this way myself. I can get big cardboard. I assume you start in the middle did you tie off in the beginning and tie on the next thread? I am use to using strips of fabric but this is awesome. since not making a headband, would I need to do something to the outside edge to keep it from coming apart. I was thinking a binding maybe anyhow. just curious, what do you think?


  6. This is fantastic. I do not need a hsy. But I love the weaving process to try placemats using different ysrns and ribbons.


  7. Wow! I love your tutorial! AND the weaving!

    Am experimenting with various kinds of weaving for a series in June and I will definitely be linking to this beautiful tutorial! I’ve done lots of cardboard loom weaving but never once considered a circle!!!!


    • I made a bunch of these with different fabric, yarn, ribbon, etc to sew together for a rug. I really struggled with them staying flat – tried weaving tight and weaving loose. Neither worked well for me. I ended up blocking them like you would a knitting project, but they were just sort of flat. I sewed them onto a felt backer, so it was fine for my project. I would love to hear how others got their to stay flat.

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