Not So Rigid Weaver

Musings on weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom and beyond


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.

Loom Spotlight: Inkle Looms

This post in the loom spotlight series covers inkle looms for weaving narrow bands compared to rigid heddle looms.

Loom Spotlight: Frame Looms

This post in the loom spotlight series covers frame looms for tapestry weaving, continuous strand weaving, and potholder looms, compared to rigid heddle looms.

How many shafts would you need to weave that pick up pattern?

It turns out it’s not so simple as saying that a number of pick up patterns on a rigid heddle loom equals a number of shafts, as the interactions are different.

Frugal Buyer's Guide for Rigid Heddle Weavers

So you've bought or are thinking of buying a rigid heddle loom, and are wondering what accessories to get? Here are my thoughts as a "frugal under-buyer".

Creating patterns out of pick up texture

Learn how to mix warp and weft floats with plain weave to create patterns in your rigid heddle projects!

Hacks for Tension

Sooner or later it will happen that you have a thread or two that's too loose. And eventually you may have a warp where it's quite a lot of threads! Here's some ideas for ways to deal with the problem.

Beginner Rigid Heddle Weaving Project Ideas

These projects are all great ways to make useful items and experiment, when you’re first learning or learning a new technique. They can all be made with worsted or DK weight yarns with a 7.5 or 8 dent heddle.