Not So Rigid Weaver

Musings on weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and beyond

Launching my free pattern - Beginner Houndstooth Border Coasters

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When I was first starting out, I found there was a gap between the ‘first project’ and going on to other projects, which all seemed too ‘nice’ for my 2nd warp, and also mostly needed a different size of heddle than what came with my loom. I’ve created this pattern as a simple project for people fairly new to weaving, or people looking for a simple project to warm up after a break. It uses inexpensive yarn and a 7.5 or 8 DPI heddle, which is the size that comes with most rigid heddle looms. You will get practice with color changes and hemstitching. This is a pattern, not a ‘how to weave’ tutorial, but I include some links to other resources for warping and weaving basics, and I try and go into things in more detail than you might see in a magazine pattern.

What you'll need for this project: #

Equipment #

  • Rigid Heddle Loom with at least 6” Weaving Width
  • 7.5 or 8 DPI Rigid Heddle
  • 2 stick shuttles
  • Warping Peg and Clamps for direct warping
  • Threading hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Materials #

  • Warp: 12 yards Sugar n’ Cream, Indigo, 48 yards Sugar n’ Cream White
  • Weft: 3.5 yards Sugar n’ Cream, Indigo, 25 yards Sugar n’ Cream White
  • Total: 15.5 yards Indigo and 73 yards White.

Sugar n’ Cream is a worsted weight, inexpensive, cotton yarn commonly sold at large craft stores and big box retailers in the US and Canada. A regular sized ball of each color will be enough for this project for a total cost of about $6USD. This kind of yarn is sometimes referred to as “dishcloth cotton”. For suggestions on similar alternatives, check out

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