Knotted Pile Weaving


Knotted Pile Weaving

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been learning how to weave knotted pile, which is a series of knots “tacked” down with a foundation weft. I started with a simple square/rectangle/line design. This was also an attempt to use split-complementary colors. I don’t think I would have chosen mustard yellow, rusty orange, and indigo blue otherwise, but they kind of work together. Here’s a little animation. The picture above shows how it looks after I trimmed it to about 1/2″.


An internet search for similar projects will most likely bring up Sara Lamb’s lovely book, Woven Treasures, which is where I learned how to do this style of weaving. You may also enjoy reading about the shaggier version, rya (or in Finnish ryijy) or flossa, which hails from Scandinavia and has an interesting history that begins as a warm covering for fishermen and progresses into colorful wall hangings and rugs. You can even weave rya rugs off loom, as shown in this video:

2 Replies to “Knotted Pile Weaving”

  1. Wow, I love it. I have wanted to try a cut pile rug for some time. What kind of knot are you using? And, love the cactus flower loom!

    1. Sorry I missed your comment. Thanks for your kind words. The little Cactus Flower loom holds tension really well. The knot is called a Turkish or Ghirodes knot, which is very fun to tie. I taught myself a few different ways to handle it, so I can weave a full section of the same color using a needle and a long thread (and snip the loops after), or I can cut smaller threads to tie them individually.

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