Weaving on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

Learning how to weave on a rigid-heddle loom is easier than you think with this expert, free advice page on weaving looms for beginners.

Christina Garton Aug 29, 2017 - 4 min read

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A rigid-heddle loom is easy to store, quick to set up, and, most importantly, fun to weave on. They’re great looms for beginning weavers and seasoned veterans alike. These little looms are wonderfully versatile and capable of creating exquisite handwoven cloth. To get the most out of your rigid-heddle loom it’s important to explore rigid-heddle weaving patterns and the many techniques you can use with these lovely little looms.

From stylish houndstooth to classic plaids to elegant laces, the list of rigid-heddle loom patterns is nearly endless. If you’re interested in getting started on the rigid-heddle loom, or if you want to learn how to take your rigid-heddle weaving patterns to new levels, here are some resources that will help guide you on your weaving journey.

4 Ideas to Learn How to Weave on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

1. Make warping a rigid-heddle loom quick, easy, and fun

In her video Slots and Holes Liz Gipson shows viewers how to warp a rigid-heddle loom using three different techniques. Learn how to warp a rigid-heddle loom in 20 minutes using the direct warping technique and how to create stripe patterns in the warp using a warping board. For those who want to create finer fabrics, Liz demonstrates how to warp a rigid-heddle loom with two heddles.

2. Learn rigid-heddle weaving from start to finish

In her book Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving, author Betty Linn Davenport explains it all. She begins with the very basics of choosing the right rigid-heddle loom for you, explains how to set it up to weave, and teaches you how to create beautiful and surprisingly complex cloth on this simple little loom.

3. Explore rigid-heddle weaving patterns

Once your loom is warped, it's time to explore more beautiful rigid-heddle weaving patterns. In her book The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom, Jane Patrick teaches readers how to create a variety of textures and patterns for rigid-heddle loom using color-and-weave techniques, pick-up sticks, embellishments, and more. The book is full of step-by-step color photographs and includes instructions for making rigid-heddle weaving projects using the techniques and structures she describes. For those who prefer to learn by watching, in her video Weaving on a Rigid-Heddle Loom, Jane demonstrates how to create beautiful rigid-heddle weaving patterns so weavers can see it for themselves.

4. Create rigid-heddle loom projects

For those who want "recipes" for projects they can create on their own rigid-heddle looms, there's Liz Gipson's book, Weaving Made Easy. This book features 17 fun and functional rigid-heddle weaving projects. Learn how to make scarves, belts, placemats, and more with this excellent rigid-heddle weaving resource. In the eBook Best of Handwoven: Rigid Heddle Pattern Book #1 you'll find some of the best rigid-heddle weaving projects by Betty Linn Davenport from the first twenty years of Handwoven. The eBook includes instructions for 10 beautiful rigid-heddle weaving projects using Bronson lace, petit-point, warp-float stripes, and other rigid-heddle loom patterns and techniques to create surprisingly complex cloth.

Looking for more? Find a wide selection of weaving pattern books as well as innovative techniques and more on how to weave on a loom at our shop. We've made it easy: Everything you need to know about your loom is right here, so jump right in.

Happy Weaving!