"Weaving on a Little Loom" by Fiona Daly - BOOK REVIEW

Thank you to Netgalley, Princeton Architectural Press and Fiona Daly for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book!

Get to learn the history of weaving and find the beauty in working with fiber with this wonderful gem of a book!


I’m pleasantly surprised and inspired by Fiona Daly’s book “Weaving on a Small Loom”. This wasn’t just the typical how-to book, I felt a kinship with Fiona as I turned the pages and immersed myself in her craft of choice.

To start something new at any time can be overwhelming but she makes it super easy to get started and the whole point, is to start small.


Without having to spend a lot on materials, you can learn how to make your own loom from cardboard, the differences between fibers and don’t worry, she explains each technique in detail!

The patterns and tutorials included can get you going quickly and just in time for the holiday season! What friend or family member doesn’t love a handmade gift from the heart?


Weaving on a Little Loom teaches readers everything they need to know to start small-frame loom weaving, an easy and inexpensive craft that can be done at home. From setting up the loom to finishing a project, this book covers both basic and more advanced techniques, with an introduction to creating patterns such as basket and bird's eye weaves, rib, twill, and herringbone. With clear instruction and beautiful illustrative photographs, step-by-step tutorials guide you through designing and creating five contemporary woven projects -- including table placemats, wall hangings, and a tote bag -- all made with natural, environmentally friendly materials.

Advance Praise

“While weaving can be inherently complex and technical, it provides a fantastic framework for creative expression,” writes Daly at the start of her gorgeous introduction to weaving. Daly, a textile designer in London, creates handwoven textiles using locally sourced yarn, and her expertise as a hand-weaver informs this encyclopedia of techniques. Her “welcome to weaving” includes history, instructions for choosing a loom, clear explanations of tools and materials, and a lesson on how a frame loom works. The greater part of this guide covers handweaving techniques: choosing the right shuttle, joining wefts, applying rug-making techniques, and edging (machine zigzagging, fringing, tessellating, and knotting). One drawback to Daly’s instructions is that, although she includes a glossary in the back, she employs jargon (“sett,” “shed”) before defining the terms. The five projects—a wall hanging, purse, place mat, cushion cover, and looped bag—are all beautifully showcased in earthy tones complemented by the book’s matte pages. Weaving, Daly explains, is not a “weekend project” but a commitment; her alluring book convinces readers it’s worth the time and effort. -- Publishers Weekly

Weaving can seem like a daunting technique to learn, but in this book textile artisan Daly takes the reader through the entire process from constructing a small loom through to the finished product: woven fabric, rug, or tapestry. The cardboard loom requires only a relatively small piece of sturdy cardboard, ruler, pencil, craft knife or scissors, glue, and an hour or two to construct. Though the illustrations use a frame loom, which is both sturdier and easier to see the work on than the cardboard loom, the concepts are the same. Short sections with large color photographs outline the basics of weaving: tools, types and sizes of yarn/fiber, how a frame loom operates, how to set up or “dress” the loom, a variety of basic weaving techniques, and how to edge or finish the woven piece. Instructions for five projects are also included: a wall hanging, a purse, a place mat, a cushion cover, and a tote bag. Charts accompany the written instructions. A solid introduction to small-scale loom weaving, this is a worthy addition to public-library collections. -- Booklist