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Rigid Heddle Weaving Basics & Beyond

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Explore color, design, and texture as you follow Deborah Jarchow's clear, step-by-step instructions. From plain weave to inlay and hand-manipulated lace, this book opens the whole world of creative weaving!

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Rigid heddle looms are easy to use, light and compact, yet capable of creating exciting and beautiful garments and homeware.

Teacher, author, and professional weaver Deborah Jarchow became enthusiastic about these looms as her students quickly and easily learned to weave on these affordable and portable looms. 

Deborah's many years of teaching led her to write this textbook for both beginner and experienced weavers. Each project teaches a new skill and are building blocks for the more complex techniques as the reader progresses through the book.

Published in collaboration with Ashford Handicrafts Ltd, the world-famous weaving loom and spinning wheel manufacturer, this book is an essential guide to this fascinating craft.

Specifications: Softcover, 201 pages, Ashford Handicrafts Ltd (January 2022), full color, 8.50 x 0.625 x 9 inches

Features & Content

Chapters

The basics for getting started

I. PLAIN WEAVE
1. Plain weave scarf

II. PLAIN WEAVE VARIATIONS
2. Weft faced placemats
3. Warp faced placemats
• Textures
4. Sweater vest with woven trim
5. Pillows
6. Mohair shawl
• Thick and thin yarns
7. Napkins
8. Baby blanket
• Crammed and spaced sett
9. Napkins

III. PLAYING WITH COLOR
10. Fibonacci scarf
11. Color and weave table runner
12. Log cabin pillow

IV. STRUCTURE VARIATIONS
• Pick up
13. Table runner with warp pick up patterns
14. Shawl with weft pick up patterns
15. Waffle weave towel with color stripes
16. Honeycomb shoulder bag
* Hand manipulation
17. Towel with Leno
18. Fine silk scarf w/Brooks bouquet & beads

V. OTHER INTERESTING TECHNIQUES
• Clasped weft
19. Scarf
20. Tote bag
• Knots and loops
21. Wall hanging
• Differential shrinkage
22. Cowl with tail

VI. MORE ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
• Double heddle patterns
23. Shoulder bag
• Vertical tubes
24. Scarf with pockets on ends
• Pockets
25. Small bag with pockets woven in
• Layers
26. Double width baby blanket
• Extras
27. Clasped warp scarf
28. Inlay scarf
29. Rayon chenille scarf
30. Color fade long vest
31. Faux ikat scarf

VII. USEFUL INFORMATION
VIII. OOOPS
IX. INDEX
X. YARNS USED
XI. HISTORY OF ASHFORD

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