Recently, I started learning how to use the rigid heddle loom through Craftsy’s class Rigid Heddle Weaving by Angela Tong. If you are looking for a beginner class, or are needing a brush-up, I really recommend this class! She goes through the basics, as well as different weaving techniques on the rigid heddle. Setting up a rigid heddle loom was definitely a learning curve for me, but through Angela Tong’s class, everything was made simple and I was able to start weaving a lot quicker than on my own.
Once I figured out how to set up the loom, it wasn’t long until my mind switched to patterns. For this piece, I wanted to do a classic plaid that was not overbearing, but subtle. This pattern is worked in sets of 80 and can be adapted to any heddle and/or yarn.
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For this pattern, I used the yarns and heddle mentioned below. However, this pattern is adaptable to any yarn and/or heddle.
Setting the Warp
The warping pattern is worked in sets of 80. Repeat warp pattern to the desired width
(for my project I repeated the pattern three times).
- Warp 40 in Blueberry (Color 1)
- Warp 6 in White (Color 2)
- Warp 20 in Blueberry (Color 1)
- Warp 14 in White (Color 2)
Once you have warped the loom, measure each color section individually and write the measurements down in your notes. This will be your guide for weaving.
Using Color 1, plain weave across until section matches warp 40’s measurement, making a square.
(my measurement was 3 1/2”)
Using Color 2, plain weave across until section matches warp 6’s measurement, creating a square.
(My measurement was 1/2”)
Using Color 1, plain weave across until section matches warp 20’s measurement, making a square.
(my measurement was 1 3/4”)
Using Color 2, plain weave across until section matches warp 14’s measurement, creating a square.
(My measurement was 1 1/4”)
Repeat sections one-four to end of the warp.