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Weaving on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

Top Recommended Resources on Rigid-Heddle Weaving
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Favorite Resources for Rigid-heddle Weaving

By Christina Garton, Weaving Today assistant editor

Rigid-heddle looms are easy to store, quick to set up, and, most importantly, fun to weave on. They’re great looms for beginning weavers and seasoned veterans alike. These little looms are wonderfully versatile, and capable of creating exquisite handwoven cloth. Of course, to get the most out of your rigid-heddle loom it’s important to know all the rigid-heddle weaving patterns and the many techniques you can use with these lovely little looms. From stylish houndstooth to classic plaids to elegant laces, the list of rigid-heddle loom patterns is nearly endless. If you’re interested in getting started on the rigid-heddle loom, or if you want to learn how to take your rigid-heddle weaving patterns to new levels, here are some resources that will help guide you on your weaving journey.

Favorite Resources on Rigid-heddle Looms

1. Warping a rigid-heddle loom is quick, easy, and even fun. In her video Slots and Holes, Liz Gipson shows viewers how to warp a rigid-heddle loom using three different techniques. Learn how to warp a rigid-heddle loom in 20 minutes using the direct warping technique and how to create stripe patterns in the warp using a warping board. For those who want to create finer fabrics, Liz demonstrates how to warp a rigid-heddle loom with two heddles.

2. In her book Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving, author Betty Linn Davenport explains it all. She begins with the very basics of choosing the right rigid-heddle loom for you, explains how to set it up to weave, and teaches you how to create beautiful and surprisingly complex cloth on this simple little loom.

3. Once your loom is warped, it’s time to explore more beautiful rigid-heddle weaving patterns. In her book The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom, Jane Patrick teaches readers how to create a variety of textures and patterns for rigid-heddle loom using color-and-weave techniques, pick-up sticks, embellishments, and more. The book is full of step-by-step color photographs and includes instructions for making rigid-heddle weaving projects using the techniques and structures she describes. For those who prefer to learn by watching, in her video Weaving on a Rigid-Heddle Loom Jane demonstrates how to create beautiful rigid-heddle weaving patterns so weavers can see it for themselves, rewind, and re-watch as many times as they like!

4. For those who want “recipes” for projects they can re-create on their own rigid-heddle looms, there’s Liz Gipson’s book Weaving Made Easy. This book features 17 fun and functional rigid-heddle weaving projects. Learn how to make scarves, belts, placemats, and more with this excellent rigid-heddle weaving resource. In the eBook Best of Handwoven: Rigid Heddle Pattern Book #1 you’ll find some of the best rigid-heddle weaving projects by Betty Linn Davenport from the first twenty years of Handwoven. The eBook includes instructions for 10 beautiful rigid-heddle weaving projects using Bronson lace, petit-point, warp-float stripes, and other rigid-heddle loom patterns and techniques to create cloth that will look like it must have been woven on a shaft loom.

You will find a wide selection of weaving pattern books as well as innovative techniques and more on how to weave on a loom at our Weaving Today Shop.

Be sure to check out Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, a guide to weaving on a rigid heddle loom, full of techniques and beginner tips. Take your weaving loom to its limits and learn just how easy and versatile this device is to use. Ideal for beginners, but equally great for seasoned weavers to get set up in a hurry and weave just about anything!

We’ve made it easy: everything you need to know about your Rigid-heddle loom is right here, so jump right in.

Happy Weaving!

Christina Garton
Christina Garton is the assistant editor of Handwoven and Weaving Today.

She was introduced to weaving by a history professor and later fell even more in love with it after acquiring her first loom. She loves her rigid-heddle and 8-shaft looms equally, and is constantly amazed at the patterns created through the combination of warp and weft.