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:


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)
  • Hand Woven Magazine, Interweave Press (only has Rigid Heddle sometimes, but also look for 2-shaft projects).
  • 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 - 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


  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.

  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!

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

  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