Just in case I don’t quite have enough hobbies yet, I’ve begun to learn to weave on a rigid heddle loom. That’s the thing about the fiber arts – there’s so many interesting directions to go in that it’s difficult to settle on one and make it stick. So weaving is my most recent challenge. I fit it in between knitting, spinning, crocheting, embroidery, sewing and pattern design.
For learning purposes, I’ve been using worsted weight cotton from Peaches & Creme and Sugar ‘n Cream to put together some dishcloths. Easy – and instructive. I’m absolutely loving the results I get by mixing compatible colorways on the loom!
This first photo shows the Mod Ombre and Poppy colorways woven together.
The second was done with Batik and Moondance.Using small amounts of leftover cotton is easy. Since I wove with two different colorways at a time, I made sure to always bring the new color under the last at the edge to give nice neat selvages.
During this learning process I’ve scoured the web to find learning materials related to the basics of rigid heddle weaving.
Depending on the type of learner you are – there’s some excellent resources out there.
Auditory Learners tend to learn best when listening to new instructional information. There’s several excellent weaving podcasts that offer varied weaving info to add to your weaving know-how:
Visual Learners tend to process information that they see best. Readers tend to be visual learners. Books and websites are both good sources of information for visual learners:
Weavolution is a social networking site for weavers
Weaving Made Easy is a book that shows the basics of weaving on the rigid heddle along with some simple beginner projects
Kinesthetic and Tactile Learners learn best by touching and going through the motions of new processes they want to learn. Instructional videos allow this type of learning:
Kelly’s Rigid Heddle Weaving Class – Part 1 of 9
Although individuals tend to have one dominant type of learning that works best for them – we normally do best by combining several ways of learning – so dig in and give more than one way to learn a try!
I do recommend starting with something simple like dishcloths. With practice, we can move on to dishtowels in no time!