February 9, 2014

Intro to Rigid Heddle Weaving

Three weeks ago we entered into a wonderful learning adventure, one that could prove useful as a home industry idea, a hobby or even a ministry. It's Rigid Heddle Weaving! My daughter has had a past interest in weaving, and even has built her own rough loom to weave on, so when this opportunity arose... Abba provided and we jumped.

The first four hours of our class were spent learning the different types of looms, the parts of the loom, what the warp and weft threads were and the importance of having fibers that worked together. Our project was predetermined for us, as was our base - the warp - fiber.

We were going to make hand woven scarves. :)

Seriously, my head hurt, but it was a wonderful learning experience and I am still trying to keep the terminology straight in my head. Below is a photo I took of the heddle, showing the teeth, or slots, the dents. And the number of dents per inch determines the feel of the cloth... fine or bulky.

We both worked on a Cricket, which was a great little loom for beginners and it offers some great diversity for it's size...

 Our instructor also taught us how to warp out a project using a warping board, and because I am so very new at this, um... no thank you. But it was interesting... and I am sure like all new things, once you get use to it, it would not seem like such a challenge.

According to our instructor the opportunities are almost endless in weaving and the warping board is a great tool...

So here is a shot of my daughters scarf at the beginning... she has a nice balanced weave here, which basically means that her weft and warp threads are equally visible.

She is using a Noro fiber here, and the colors are amazing!

So the final project results for both of us:

Daughters after being fulled, which is the technical term for what I knew as felting. 

Mine before fulling...

"You shall make a screen for the door of the Tabernacle, woven of blue, and purple, and scarlet thread and fine woven linen, made by a weaver." ~ Exodus 26:36

 I don't know if it's something I will continue doing, however I absolutely love the way the scarves turned out, so unique and different. Both of them were woven from one hundred percent wool fibers and both have been a welcomed joy in this recent snap of extreme cold weather.

~ Blessings!

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