Not So Rigid Weaver

Musings on weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and beyond


How to convert a 3 shaft draft to weave with 1 pick up stick

Some 3 shaft drafts can be woven using 1 rigid heddle and 1 pick up stick. But given that a draft CAN be woven with 1 stick, HOW do you weave it?

How can you tell if you can weave a 3 shaft draft with just 1 pick up stick?

Designs using one pick up stick are a fun way to go beyond plain weave on your rigid heddle loom. One stick, left in place, lets you weave some, but not most, 3 shaft drafts.

Launching my free pattern - Beginner Houndstooth Border Coasters

When I was first starting out, I found it hard to find some basic projects which didn't seem too ‘nice’ for my 2nd warp, and also didn't want to run out and buy a new heddle right away.

When should you sample for your rigid heddle loom projects?

Some sources say you should always sample before starting a weaving project. But is that really necessary for rigid heddle weavers?

Heddle vs Reed vs Rigid Heddle

In rigid heddle weaving, you’ll see the terms heddle, reed, and rigid heddle used interchangeably, but, these can also be entirely different things on other kinds of looms.

Why the Cricket Quartet might not be the right choice for you

The Cricket Quartet is an attachment that converts the Schacht Cricket to a 4 shaft table loom; but here's why I don't think the Quartet is the killer feature some people make it out to be.

About the Ashenhurst Sett Calculator

Ashenhurst's Rule is a method of calculating sett for weaving based on the yards per pound of the yarn. Here's how to use my Ashenhurst Sett Calculator.

I got a new loom! First impressions of the 24" Ashford Rigid Heddle vs. 16" Sample-It

I’ve had my little Sample-It since March 2021 and have woven many projects on it, but, of course, it’s “just” 16” and there are some projects that need a bigger loom. So after close to 2 years I’ve picked up a bigger loom, a 24” Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.

Gift Ideas for Rigid Heddle Weavers under $50

With Christmas coming up soon, now seems like a good time for a post about things the weaver in your life might like as a gift!

Loom Spotlight: Backstrap Looms

Backstrap looms are a kind of loom where the weaver is literally part of the loom. Learn more about how they compare to rigid heddle looms.