What is a pick-up stick and how do I choose one?

A pick-up stick lets you pick up selected warp ends. The stick has one or two tapered ends to slide easily under and over the warp. Pick-up sticks come in different widths because sometimes they're turned on edge to create a shed—a wider stick makes a larger shed.

You can use them on any shaft loom or rigid heddle loom for pick-up stick controlled weaves such as honeycomb, leno, and Danish medallions. You can also use them on rigid heddle looms with a second heddle for weave structures that require more than 2 shafts.

See Schacht's pick-up sticks here.

The Weaver's Idea Book includes many patterns you can weave with pick-up sticks.

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