Name
Rigid Heddle Weaving 101: Weave a Scarf from Your Remnants and Stash (Part 1 of 2)
Date
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Session Type:
2-Hour Class
Skill Level:
Beginner
Teacher:
Yoriko Oki
Category
Weaving
Class Details:

This is a two-part class. Both sections of the class will automatically be placed in your cart when you select one of the sessions.

Do you have a rigid heddle loom sitting in your closet? Let's put it to use!

In this beginner’s rigid heddle weaving class, you will learn how to warp your rigid heddle loom to weave a scarf using the traditional warping method. No previous experience is required.

Because weaving mixes colors very differently from knitting or crochet, it is a great way to use up all the project remnants, single balls of yarn, and novelty yarns. Collect all those odd yarn from your closet and be ready to have fun!

Please note that you will spend most of the class time getting ready to weave, and most of weaving will be done after class. For those of you who need help after the class, additional support will be available through the instructor’s Facebook group. Also, please note that there will be homework assigned between sessions that requires one to two hours.

Homework:

If you are not using a warping board, please have a set of warping pegs (one double peg, and one or two single pegs) and find a configuration to measure a 2- to 2.5-yard long warp. Most rigid heddle looms come with only one single peg. You can easily make warping pegs yourself. Prepare warp separators.

Supplies for Class:

Rigid heddle loom: any size, any make, although I recommend looms with heddle blocks, such as Schacht Cricket or any current models of Ashford.

Reed: 7.5 or 8 dpi

Warping equipment (such as warping board or warping pegs. If you are using warping pegs, you will need one double peg, and one or two single pegs)

Slay hook

Paper towel core (the rigid cardboard tube in the center) or rigid corrugated cardboard

Warp separators (paper with thickness of heavy calendar or poster. You could use wallpaper, too, if you have any on hand): width should be 2” wider than your desired scarf width, or 1” narrower than the width of inside of your loom. The total length of warp separators should be at least the length of your warp.

Shuttle(s) (stick shuttle, or boat shuttle and bobbin(s))

Tapestry needle, scissors, tape measure, painter’s tape, pen and paper

Yarn: 200–300 grams (7 to 11 oz) total of worsted-weight yarn for warp and weft. You will probably use about 200 grams total. You will have more design options if you have more yarn. About half of the yarn is for the warp (the set of the yarn that will be held under tension on loom). Warp can be a collection of remnant yarn from your past projects. If you have any novelty yarn in stash, please bring it. Do not worry too much about color coordination for the warp. On the other hand, many people prefer using one kind and color of yarn for the weft (the yarn that will be woven into the scarf) and you need 100 grams (3 ½ oz) of worsted-weight yarn.