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Dreamin’ of Weavin’? Get Inspired!

Angela Tong’s “Mica’s Scarf”

Rigid heddle weaving has been gaining in popularity recently, and we couldn’t be more excited! The rigid-heddle loom is a great entry point into the world of weaving. These little looms are portable, relatively inexpensive, and offer you the flexibility of being able to try out a large amount of weaving projects and techniques without the investment of a larger loom.

Even if you’ve never touched a loom before, Craftsy’s Rigid Heddle Weaving class with Angela Tong will have you creating new projects in no time. Once you’ve caught the weaving bug, there’s a whole new world of projects and inspiration to explore!

GIVE-AWAY!

To help you get started, we’re giving away a copy of Weaving Made Easy and a copy of the Slots and Holes DVD in our Ravelry group – keep reading for details!

CHOOSING A LOOM

The increase in interest in rigid-heddle weaving means that shoppers have more options than ever before when it comes to purchasing a loom. You can choose from several sizes, different features, and many other options to get the loom that best suits your projects and lifestyle.

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FLIP Loom 

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Sample It Loom

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Cricket Loom

  • Schacht’s FLIP Loom comes with an optional stand and folds quickly for storage or transport. This loom has been specifically designed to allow for two-heddle usage for more intricate projects, and the optional FLIP Trap can attach to hold all of your tools for easy access. The FLIP is available in 15″, 20″, and 25″ widths, with reeds varying from 5-12 dpi.
  • For smaller projects, the Sample It loom from Ashford has an 8″ weaving width and weighs only 2.5 lbs. This loom is perfect for experimenting with different colors and techniques, weaving small blocks for modular projects, or creating scarves or narrow runners. It comes with a 7.5 dpi reed, but reeds from 5-12.5 dpi are also available.
  • Another smaller loom, the Schacht Cricket is available in either a 10″ or 15″ weaving width. Both Cricket looms weigh under 5 lbs, so you can still make a variety of projects without sacrificing portability. Their size and ease of use means that they’re also great for kids to use! The Cricket comes with two balls of yarn and reed sizes vary from 8-12 dpi.

CHOOSING YARN

Planning your color choices and picking out yarn might be one of the most exciting parts of a new project. Luckily, there’s a wealth of great yarn perfectly suited for use with a rigid heddle loom. Your pattern will suggest appropriate yarn for a project, but there are several great yarns that work in a wide range of projects and are easy to substitute. You can even double a finer yarn in both warp and weft with great results. Here are our favorites:

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Pearly Perle 3/2

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Aurora Earth

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Cottolin

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Cotton Fine

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Cotton Classic

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Waikiki

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Seedling

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Allegoro

PROJECT INSPIRATION

More and more great patterns are being released as rigid heddle weaving gains in popularity. From beginner to advanced weaver, there are plenty of options to stretch your imagination and keep you inspired.

For beginners, our Rigid Heddle Studio Special is the perfect complete package. It includes a 15″ Cricket Loom, the Slots and Holes DVD, a copy of Weaving Made Easy, and the Complete Table Setting kit. We have free shipping on this Studio Special until May 31st! You can also explore our whole collection of rigid heddle kits for even more patterns to try – each one contains the yarn and instructions you’ll need for a great project!

The Rigid Heddle Studio Special

The Rigid Heddle Studio Special

Once you’ve mastered the basics, try one of Interweave’s Best of Handwoven e-books. The Rigid Heddle Pattern Book #1 and new Rigid Heddle Pattern Book #2 will teach you how to create leno designs, borders with warp-float stripes, eyelash-pile fabrics, Bronson lace, petit-point with a supplementary weft, and more. Our Rigid Heddle Kit of the Month Club will provide you with all the yarn you need to make the projects from Pattern Book #1, and you get free shipping! For even more pattern inspiration, try Interweave’s Rigid Heddle Ultimate Collection. It includes both Best of Handwoven e-books, as well as The Weaver’s Idea Ebook and Weaving On A Rigid Heddle Loom workshop video by Jane Patrick, and Liz Gipson’s Slots and Holes DVD.

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The Rigid Heddle Ultimate Collection

We truly love the rigid heddle loom, and we hope you do too! To help get you started (or expand your knowledge if you’re already weaving), we’re giving away a copy of Weaving Made Easy AND a copy of the Slots and Holes DVD in our Ravelry group. Head on over to enter – we’ll announce the winners on June 15th!

05/25/2013 at 1:09 am Leave a comment

Online Classes: Our Recommendations

Project by Craftsy user ModNeedlepoint.

Project by Craftsy user ModNeedlepoint.

Someone once told me what is supposedly an old Irish saying: “It kills the craft not to learn it.” I have no idea if the source of the proverb is accurate, but the meaning stuck with me anyway.

As people who knit, weave, spin, or are generally interested in making things by hand, we sometimes forget that what seems like just a fun hobby is in fact something much more important.

By learning to crochet, by teaching a friend how to spin, or by starting a monthly crafting group with friends, we are doing much more than just having fun while making things, we’re ensuring that the crafts we enjoy continue to thrive as their knowledge is passed between people and generations. That’s why you’ll always find us promoting classes, books, and other tools to help you keep learning and exploring.

What will you learn today?

What will you learn today?

It might seem like the decidedly lo-tech fiberarts world would have trouble fitting into the age of hi-tech gadgets, but I find quite the opposite – it’s exciting to see how interest is growing thanks to so many more digital and online resources. One of our favorite online learning outlets is Craftsy.

Many people have probably heard of Craftsy by now, but if you haven’t, it’s definitely time to check it out. Craftsy offers a wide selection of online video crafting classes – from knitting and weaving all the way to gardening and cake decorating – from the best instructors from around the world.

Once you sign up for a class you can watch the lessons at your own pace, from anywhere with an internet connection, as many times as you want. I love this level of accessibility – no matter where you live or how far you are from a local yarn shop, you can still take great classes from quality instructors. And you can take them in the middle of the night while wearing pajamas if you want to! You can become a Craftsy member to browse the course offerings, try out one of their free lessons, or just stay up-to-date on new classes and sale offerings.

Here’s a quick preview of some things Craftsy students have made recently:

From left to right: Craftsy user Nancy Merchant's scarf from the Knit Lab: Fit Your Knits class, Craftsy user Janet Dawson's woven pillow from the Floor Loom Weaving class, and Craftsy user knitwit41's handspun yarn from the Spinning Dyed Fibers class.

From left to right: Craftsy user Athena K’s scarf from the Explorations in Brioche Knitting class, Craftsy user jollyjeanne’s woven pillow from the Floor Loom Weaving class, and Craftsy user knitwit41’s handspun yarn from the Spinning Dyed Fibers class.

Though knitting and crochet are always popular favorites, we especially love how many weaving classes are offered on Craftsy. The rigid-heddle loom has done amazing things for the popularity and accessibility of weaving over the past few years, and Craftsy is hip to the trend. If you’ve ever thought about learning to weave, the Rigid Heddle Weaving class with Angela Tong class is a perfect primer for these awesome little looms.

Click for a video preview of Rigid Heddle Weaving: Beyond the Basics

Expand your rigid heddle knowledge with Deborah Jarchow’s Beyond the Basics class.

For those already using a rigid-heddle loom, we recommend the Rigid Heddle Weaving: Beyond the Basics class taught by Deborah Jarchow. It’s a great source of inspiration and intermediate techniques to take you far beyond basic plain weave. Throughout the nine video lessons in Deborah’s class you’ll learn:

  • Weaving techniques including color and weave, leno, Brooks bouquet, warp pick-up and weft pick-up
  • Selvage management for a clean edge
  • Finishing methods, including how to remove fabric from the loom, fringed and knotted trims and blocking
  • How to add knitted and crocheted trims
  • Design considerations

Best of all? The Rigid Heddle Weaving: Beyond the Basics class is currently on sale for just $29.99! To get more class info, watch a preview video, and sign up, click here.

If you’re looking for even more project inspiration, check out the rigid-heddle kits available on our website – all the yarn you need for some of our favorite patterns pre-measured in a beautiful selection of colors!

However and wherever you find it, we hope you never stop seeking out inspiration and education for your favorite hobbies, and sharing what you know with the next future knitter, weaver, or spinner! And as always, we love to see what you make and would welcome your finished project photos in the show and tell thread in our Ravelry group!

03/20/2013 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment


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