If you prefer a loom that is easy to store, quick to set up, and capable of creating exquisite handwoven cloth, this is the best place to start. Whether you’re a weaving beginner or a seasoned veteran, there are so many reasons to love rigid-heddle looms. They are versatile for so many different projects, and your options for rigid-heddle weaving patterns are nearly endless. These smaller looms are also more easily transportable, so you can take your weaving with you when you travel. Weaving Today has compiled some favorite patterns for you to advance your skills in weaving on a rigid-heddle loom, all free. If you’re interested in learning how to use a rigid-heddle loom for the first time, explore these gorgeous projects and get started today!
These looms are easy to warp and thread, and they accommodate a variety of widths and lengths of cloth. Projects you can achieve include placemats and table runners, shawls and stoles, pillows, purses and tote bags, tops, and belts—practically any medium-weight fabric that’s the width of the loom or narrower.
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Once your loom is warped, get ready to explore these beautiful rigid-heddle weaving patterns. Learn how to create a variety of textures and patterns for rigid-heddle loom using various color-and-weave techniques. The patterns are full of step-by-step instructions for handwoven projects using beautiful structures and expert techniques.
Handwoven Pillow Project by Liz Gipson
The loom’s ability to handle bulky singles yarns with little shredding makes it an ideal tool for these pillows. The two pillows use a variegated singles in three ways (each pillow is woven on a different warp): as warp with a solid-color weft, as weft with a solid-color warp, and as both warp and weft. The pillows are each finished with a tubular piping that is delightfully simple to weave.
Handwoven Curtain Project by Mariellen Boss
It’s only plain weave, but Brooks bouquet gives this cloth a fancy lacy texture. Since Mariellen spins and knits, she thought that the handwork involved in this technique would be fun and keep her interest—and she was right! For something small to practice with, she decided on a valance for a kitchen window, thinking of a valance as basically an overgrown scarf.
Handwoven Cushion Project by Leslie Ann Bestor
Enjoy a decorative pillow that invites a quick nap! This pillow uses a pick-up pattern of floats and plain weave. Leslie wove two pillow faces and sewed them together so that warp floats appear on one side and weft floats on the other. If you weave the pillow on four shafts, allow two yards for warp length and use light tension.
These projects are great for beginning to intermediate weavers.
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