Three Projects to Weave on Your Rigid Heddle Loom

by Sarah Resnick

By popular demand, I'm excited to share some project ideas for weaving on your rigid heddle loom. 

silk noil weaving yarn for rigid heddle loom

Weave a Silk Scarf
This Italian silk noil weaving yarn ($22 each) has smooshy, soft, delicious texture and is begging for a spot on your rigid heddle loom. Choose two complimentary colors and experiment with striping, or use one for the warp and one for the weft. Two skeins will make two 8" x 70" scarves. Recommended sett of 10 epi. 
8/2 cotton weaving yarn for rigid heddle loom
Weave Hand Towels
Brighten up your kitchen or give a gift that a friend will cherish. Weaving towels are the perfect opportunity to play with color! On a rigid heddle loom, I recommend doubling 8/2 un-mercerized cotton ($12.50) for the warp on a 10-dent reed, for 20 epi. For the weft you can also double the yarn if you'd like an even weave, or you can weave with a single strand of 8/2 for an interesting and different texture. Pick four colors, and you'll have enough to weave 6 towels with plenty of yarn left over for your next project. 

Don't feel like doubling up your warp? You can also use this 8/4 un-mercerized cotton at 10 epi.

Let your creativity fly!

rigid heddle scarf pattern
Wind an 8 epi warp for a scarf or shawl (depending on the width of your reed) using one cone of this glorious wool yarn ($27). For the weft, start playing with your stash! The sample on the left has alpaca yarn interspersed with silk and wool roving. Bring in beautiful textures and colors as you go, and end up with a one-of-a-kind piece.

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