Creative Weaving Techniques on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Turn your fabric dreams into woven realities with longtime weaving instructor Jane Patrick! During class, Jane will teach you versatile methods that open up new design possibilities for weaving on a rigid heddle loom. You'll start with skills for stripes, open-weave fabrics and brilliant textures. Then, go beyond the grid to create curves and more, as Jane guides you through working with deflection, pulled threads and differential shrinkage. Want to take the fuss out of working with finer yarns? You'll discover techniques for working with two heddles at a finer sett. Plus, you'll end class with fun double-weaving techniques you can use for more complex, layered fabrics that look different on either side.
When Jane Patrick first used a loom as a foreign exchange student in Iceland, it was love at first weave. Since that moment in 1971, she's worked at Interweave Press as the editor of Handwoven magazine and led a variety of weaving workshops. In that time, she's also written multiple books and had a number of articles published in popular magazines such as Spin-Off, Yarn Market News and Craft. Today, Jane acts as creative director at Schacht Spindle.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet expert and author Jane Patrick and start exploring the limitless possibilities of a rigid heddle loom. Class begins with steps for stripes made in both warp and weft. Then, learn to design in the reed for dazzling, unique fabrics.
Spice things up! Jane demonstrates how pick-up stick patterns can offer exciting design possibilities, before sharing two textural finger-control techniques. Follow along for picked-up loops and Ghiordes knots, moving step by step through the weaving guides included for each technique.
Creating spaces in the weave for lacy, open effects is easy on the rigid heddle loom. Jane shows finger-control techniques perfect for a felted scarf, then moves on to Spanish lace and even leno weave. Along the way, she shares fun project ideas and swatches sure to inspire beautiful weaving!
Some of the most contemporary fabric designs go beyond the warp-weft grid for more curve and dimension. Explore some of these modern methods, as Jane demonstrates honeycomb and deflected warp structures. Next, try your hand at ruffling, shaping with pulled threads and working supplementary warps with differential shrinkage.
Want to weave finer fibers without the fuss? Jane demonstrates how to weave with finer yarns at a finer sett, for graceful, refined fabric on your rigid heddle loom. Then, discover tips for warping, threading and manipulating the two heddles to achieve beautiful results.
Double up! Jane introduces the double weaving technique for layered, more complex fabric that looks different on both sides. Get started with a primer on threading for layers, before ending class with skills for weaving two layers, double-width fabric and even a tube.