Friday, January 4, 2013

Rigid Heddle Resources

Well, my blog traffic seems to have skyrocketed, thanks to a lovely link from The Yarn Harlot (thanks Stephanie, you're very kind), and since most of you are here for info about the Rigid Heddle, I thought I'd just put up a quick links page of the posts I've done on RH weaving.   Some of these posts include photos to show the process, some are just show-and-tell.  Many list resources for further study.

1. Simple plain weave projects that let the yarn do the work - probably the best use of this loom for a beginner (or anyone, really, it's always fun).
Feb. 4, 2010 first scarf ever
Feb. 16, 2010 after Madrona class
March 2010

2. Color and Weave Effects - Log Cabin - also plain weave, but with 2 colors in a pattern
Sept. 2010

3. Spaced Out Felted Weave - plain weave again, but with spacers (and felting)
Feb. 5, 2010 and Feb. 6, 2010 and Feb. 10, 2010

4. Woven Shibori - plain weave with a supplemental weft (or warp) thread, and over-dyeing (August is Indigo Dye Day)
Feb. 19, 2010
Aug. 2011
Aug. 2012

5. Pick-up Lace and Float patterns - plain weave with hand manipulated and pick up stick textures and patterns
March 2, 2010

6. Waffle Weave - plain weave with weft floats (pick up stick)
May 2010

7. Double Heddle/Pick Up Stick Weave Structures
June 2010 Double Weave - plain weave, but kind of not simple plain weave (needs a pick up stick!)
April 2012 Summer and Winter - well, it's got some plain weave in it . . .

And since I taught beginning and intermediate Rigid Heddle Weaving last year, I just happen to have a bibliography handy:


Bibliography

Books (print and e-books) and Magazines:
  • Davenport, Betty Linn, Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving, Interweave Press, 1987 - good variety of projects including pick-up lace and band weaving + excellent basic weaving info, but beware - the warping shown uses a warping board and much more complicated process (like the multi-shaft looms use).
  • Davenport, Betty Linn, Textures and Patterns for the Rigid Heddle Loom, Revised Edition, 2008 - no basic weaving info, but lots of info on using pick up sticks for floats and textures (includes an excellent section on double weave) - note: all illustrations are black and white.
  • Hart, Rowena, The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving, Ashford Handicrafts Limited, 2008 - new edition with some really interesting and creative projects (color and weave, tapestry, lace, shibori, rya) + excellent basic weaving info and direct peg warping with lots of photo illustrations (double heddle threading info is great, but there are easier ways to do summer/winter).
  • Gipson, Liz, Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom, Interweave Press, 2008 - good simple projects (including some laces) + excellent basic weaving info and materials/sett selection, but beware - the warping shown uses a warping board and much more complicated process (like the multi-shaft looms use).
  • Lamb, Sara, Woven Treasures: One-of-a-Kind Bags with Folk Weaving Techniques, Interweave Press, 2009 - great variety of techniques + excellent basic weaving info including direct peg warping for single and double heddle, and warping for band weaving (project note - only the first bag is single heddle, for the rest you need 2 heddles).
  • Menz, Deb, Color Works: The Crafter’s Guide to Color, Interweave Press, 2004 - no weaving, but lots of great info about color and color combinations.
  • Patrick, Jane, The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid-Heddle Loom, Interweave Press, 2010 - The big book of endless (and interesting) ideas and variations with full color illustrations + basic weaving info, direct peg warping, materials/sett selection, double heddle techniques, glossary of weaving terms.
  • Best of Handwoven: New Technique Series: Rigid Heddle Pattern Book 1 PDF (e-book) http://www.interweavestore.com/Weaving/Books/Rigid-Heddle-Weaving.html
  • Hand Woven Magazine, Interweave Press (only has Rigid Heddle sometimes, but also look for 2-shaft projects).
DVDs
  • Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, with Jane Patrick, Interweave DVD, 2011.
  • Slots and Holes: Three Ways to Warp a Rigid Heddle Loom, Liz Gipson, Interweave DVD, 2012.
  • A Fiber Artist’s Guide to Color, with Laura Bryant, Interweave DVD, 2011.
 Social Media
  • Ravelry - https://www.ravelry.com/account/login has several weaving groups that share info - “The Cricket Club” for Cricket loom weavers, and “Rigid Heddle Looms” for all RH weavers (currently having a Weavers Idea Book study group).  It’s free, but you have to join.
  • Facebook also has a few Rigid Heddle Weavers groups
Online resources:
Project Planning

Lace Weaving
Color and Weave Effects
Double Heddle Weaving
Woven Shibori
Summer/Winter Weave
Waffle Weave
Supplies

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for these invaluable resources! I just received a rigid heddle loom for Christmas, and I will no doubt be returning to this page again and again.

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  2. How very nice of you! This compiled list is wonderful. Weaving is below spinning on my list of aspirations, but I am utterly enchanted with your quilts.. I'm so glad to have wandered over here from Stephanie's post. Your challenges blow my mind.. wow!

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  3. This is amazing information. Thank you SO very much!

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  4. Hi, I just recently got interested in weaving, and after over three months of reading and surfing the Internet and You Tube for "How to Weave" for beginners, I purchased a Kromski Harp Rigid Heddle 24" loom. My first set of towels were a disaster. My second pair of towels took me over 16 (nonstop) hours of measuring warp and warping the loom, etc.

    I was looking for different techniques to weave other than the plain weave when I saw this page. This page is very, very helpful for someone new like me who knows very little of weaving techniques. Thank you for sharing your techniques and resources. I really appreciate it because now I can practice other weave patterns.

    I would like to know how to use the pick up sticks for different pattern effects. Would you have any resources for pick up stick techniques?

    Thank you

    Linda

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