Rigid Heddle Weaving – A New Obsession

I did not have a lot of toys growing up. I’d make paper dolls and board games using cereal boxes. Paper and crayons created paper doll clothes and lots of designs ( I think I was creating quilt patterns but didn’t know it). Outside I would take long strands of grass and weave it into mats, huts and all kinds of items. The weaving (like the designing) stuck with me. The dream of having a loom that started back when I was a child over 50 years ago, became a reality this Christmas. After a lot of researching and watching a Craftsy class, Rigid Heddle Weaving with Angela Tong I knew what loom I wanted, a Kromski Harp and I couldn’t be happier.

The Crafty class was excellent and a great place for me to start to get an idea of what my options were, the differences in rigid heddle looms and help make the right decision for me. Angela Tong showed 2 different types of looms, provided projects for each and different methods to for various steps along the way. I also like that the class included 2 projects so I could learn and have success at the same time.

The first project in Angela’s class is a scrap yarn scarf. I don’t have a yarn stash of yarn (yet) and I wanted the scarf to be a gift (probably ambitious for a first project, but that didn’t occur to me until I was well into the project). The scarf is 10 inches wide, about 60 inches long and my friend loves it. I know a key part of weaving is keeping your edges even. When I checked the widest part was 10 3/4 for a bit and the narrowest part was 9 1/4 for a bit. The rest of it was within 1/4 inch of 10 inches. I consider that great success.

The second project is a set of tea towels. Because I don’t need tea towels and I want placemats, I started with a “test” project. This measures 11″ x 10″. It was supposed to be square, but I didn’t allow enough extra for the warp so it is a little shorter than intended.

No one will know…

In addition to a new tool,  the loom is the perfect piece of furniture in our new sunroom. And the perfect place to spend a few serene minutes.

Blessed, on the journey, Jackie

  • Gretchen Firestone

    My grandfather wove when I was growing up. He had two large floor looms. He would weave fabric for suits for my aunt and she would knit sweaters out of the same yarn. She was probably the best dressed high school teacher in Detroit.

    I’ve always been drawn to weaving, but I’ve been trying to resist.

    • Jackie

      How neat to have seen it up close and personal. I am really glad I have it. It’s a nice soothing crafting break from sewing.

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