What can I DO on a rigid heddle loom?

Perhaps a better question might be "What can't I do on a rigid heddle loom?". Yes, it's that versatile!

I already mentioned in the previous post that you can create more complex patterns by using multiple heddles/reeds. For example, if I want to weave a 4 shaft pattern, I can use 3 heddles/reeds to achieve that, as demonstrated in my Three Heddle Adventures class. Or, if I want to use 2 heddles I can also weave some really awesome patterns, as demonstrated in my Weaving with Two Heddles class. However, many rigid heddle weavers also achieve more complex patterns by using pick up sticks to manipulate threads that are threaded in the slots of the heddle/reed. You could think of these threads as "uncommitted", (not threaded in a hole) so free to play around with. One of the more impressive examples of complex patterns with pick up sticks is Jeen's Pinwheels, which is actually an 8 shaft pattern! You can see another great example of that on FarmNana.

My Midnight Shawl pattern uses 2 heddles/reeds to achieve a diamond pattern.

Another great boon to rigid heddle weavers is the use of Colour and Weave techniques. To break it down to a simple form, you arrange your warp and weft colours in such a way that, even though you're usually working plain weave, it can look like an impressive and complicated pattern.

My Log Cabin Table Runner is a good example of the use of Colour and Weave.

My newest Youtube video shows you what you can do by thinking outside the box. I show you how to make a wavy and a zigzag shuttle from cardboard, so fun!

Did you know that you can use your rigid heddle loom for tapestry too? You can read more about that in this post. I also share my tapestry thoughts in this video.

There are many possibilities with tapestry on the rigid heddle loom! This video series outlines the use of freestyle tapestry.

Krokbragd is one of my favourite weave structures, and is easily achievable on a rigid heddle loom. I have written about it, and have many videos on Youtube, as well as a few online classes. I just love it!

I could really go on and on because there is so much more you can do with this humble loom. Hopefully what I've written here has convinced you of the capabilities of rigid heddle weaving and given you some more material to look into.

Until next time...

Happy Weaving!


Margaret said...

Thanks Kelly. I have just purchased the double heddle lesson and look forward to finally learning how to warp for a second heddle and how to create different patterns and textures.

I was looking to learn how to make a piece of fabric twice as wide by using the second heddle so hope to find that in the videos. If not, I am sure there is another lesson I can learn that in :)

{I have some larger cushions I wish to make covers for and my little 16" loom is not quite wide enough!}

Thanks again for the gentle push with this blog post to sign up.

(margaretev on instagram)

Kelly Casanova said...

Thank you Margaret,
Yes, that class has an intro to weaving double width, but if you need extra, step by step help, the Doubleweave baby blanket is just the ticket 😉

Marjan said...

You have shown many possibilities in this blog, thank you for that.
You are so right; there is so much possible on a RHL!
What I haven't done yet, but still is on my to-do-list is bandweaving on the RHL. Cause I don't own a inkle loom I decided I will try it on the RHL. There is only one problem: I still can't find a place where they sell time...😊

Brigitte Koehler said...

Hi Kelly
I have the yearly subscription and I cannot find the class with three heddles

Kelly Casanova said...

Marjan, if you find the place where they sell time, I want in!!

Kelly Casanova said...

Brigitte, Three Heddle Adventure is a separate class, it's not included in a membership.

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