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My current explorations are weaving on the rigid heddle loom. This swatch is one I made on a leftover warp for a project I designed for the May-June issue of Handwoven. The project features fine weaving on the rigid heddle loom using 2 heddles. I really like how the pillows turned out—and I love how two heddles extend your weaving options. The warp threading for this swatch is the same as my project in the May-June 2007 issue of Handwoven, page 64.

rigid heddle sample
Swatch – Left side of the image is the front of the sample, at right is the back. Pick-up: With a pick-up stick, pick up every brown warp thread.
Weaving:

  1. Up (Beige)
  2. Pattern stick (turned on edge, heddle in neutral, Brown)
  3. Up (Beige)
  4. Pattern stick (turned on edge, heddle in neutral, Brown)
  5. Up (Beige)
  6. Down (Beige)
  7. Up and pattern stick (used flat, slid up against back of heddle, Beige)
  8. Down (Beige)
  9. Up and pattern stick (use flat, slid up against back of heddle, Beige)

Repeat

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.