Not So Rigid Weaver

Musings on weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and beyond

About Me #

My first experience with weaving was at my grandmother’s; I found one piece dated to when I was 10 but I'm sure I started before that. She was a weaver, spinner, knitter, and sewer, and would set up a warp for me on her 4-shaft table loom to weave while I was visiting. I cranked out a number of “mug rugs” with various odds and ends of yarn, and a few pieces of fabric she sewed into small bags and a pencil case for me. When she was downsizing and giving up weaving in my teens I expressed an interest in the table loom, but it ended up going to someone else - and I was not in a place in my life to take on a floor loom.

Fast forward a decade or two, and a friend suggested a tapestry weaving class for fun. This got me looking at looms - but at that time, I came across something that seemed similar to my grandmother’s simple table loom, but, at around $1000 it seemed pretty steep price wise to get into. If I came across mention of a rigid heddle style loom at that time it was probably Leclerc’s Bergere, which is marketed as a beginner’s loom ideal for youngster’s. I thought maybe I’d look into it more after the tapestry class, but life got busy and the class never quite happened.

And then during COVID-19, I started feeling like I was spending too much time at my computer, and started looking for something crafty. I almost ordered a cross stitch kit. But then I stumbled across the existence of the rigid heddle style loom in a way that wasn’t framed as just for beginners. Starting at more like $200, this seemed much more reasonable! So I did what I do best, I went and learned as much as I could about all of the options before purchasing. And now I want to share what I've been learning about Rigid Heddle looms & weaving.

I've chosen the name Not So Rigid Weaver to emphasize the flexibility of the style of weaving, and also because I may well explore other styles over time.