Clasped Warp & Weft on Rigid Heddle

The rigid heddle loom is a wonderful tool for weaving small projects like scarves and cowls, and in this course, we'll explore two-colour interlocking projects, to create two very different scarves. Taught by Amanda Wood.
Amanda Wood · October 12, 2021

Hello and welcome to Clasped Warp & Weft on a Rigid Heddle course at the School of SweetGeorgia taught by Amanda Wood. We’re excited to introduce you to new ways of working with a rigid heddle loom. It’s a wonderful tool for weaving small projects like scarves and cowl and Amanda will walk us through one. We’ll explore weaving two-colour interlocking, both in the warp and weft and by the end, we will have created two very different scarves using the techniques in this course.

Interlocking is the clasping of two yarns differently coloured around each other and using them as one. It allows us to shift colours, textures and pattern in both the warp and weft in new ways. It’s like freestyle drawing with our yarn. Interlocking in the warp allows a fluid, organic colour shift, and interlocking in the weft can create a more structured, graphic contrast and transition between two colours.

Throughout the videos you’ll learn:

  • What is clasped warp & clasped weft, also known as interlocking
  • Equipment needed, recommendations and how to make your own bobbins
  • Direct warping, beaming, threading, and tying on back & front
  • Surgeon’s knot
  • Fixing broken warp threads
  • How to interlock the weft and choosing weft yarns
  • What is triple weft interlocking
  • Hemstitching, knotted fringes, and wet finishing your scarves
  • For clasped warp: direct warping with two yarns plus troubleshooting

The course videos also include tips and tricks to take your rigid heddle weaving to the next level, such as finishing variations and record keeping.


Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!


Share what you are making everywhere with #sosweaving and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!

Following many of our online live lectures and Zoom events, we share recordings at the SOS site so members who were unable to take part live can still join in and learn along with what was discussed during the meetup. ⁠
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Now available for viewing, you can find the replay video of Laura Fry's Drafts and Drafting live lecture! Laura dives into the principles of learning how to read weaving drafts with plenty of practical tips to put into practice. For example, do you know why it’s important to read the introduction in your weaving books? Each author uses different looms, which means different tie-ups. Learn more about this and much more at Laura's fabulous lecture replay at the School–direct link in bio »

Following many of our online live lectures and Zoom events, we share recordings at the SOS site so members who were unable to take part live can still join in and learn along with what was discussed during the meetup. ⁠

Now available for viewing, you can find the replay video of Laura Fry's Drafts and Drafting live lecture! Laura dives into the principles of learning how to read weaving drafts with plenty of practical tips to put into practice. For example, do you know why it’s important to read the introduction in your weaving books? Each author uses different looms, which means different tie-ups. Learn more about this and much more at Laura's fabulous lecture replay at the School–direct link in bio »
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Taking place tomorrow on Zoom, join Felicia for a Weaving Crafternoon session which will be all about using our weaving calculator to help design our projects — everything from simple plain weave scarves to the double weave blanket and sampler projects we are releasing soon. At tomorrow's session, we'll be looking at how the numbers were calculated for the upcoming Double Weave on 4-Shafts course so you can plan your own double weave project! ⁠
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We'll begin tomorrow, November 16th at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Find the Zoom link at our SOS Events Calendar »⁠
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If you can't join in tomorrow, we will also record this meetup for archiving on the SOS website.⁠
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#sosweaving #schoolofsweetgeorgia #felicialowong #lomeetsloom #doubleweave #multishaftweaving #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig

Taking place tomorrow on Zoom, join Felicia for a Weaving Crafternoon session which will be all about using our weaving calculator to help design our projects — everything from simple plain weave scarves to the double weave blanket and sampler projects we are releasing soon. At tomorrow's session, we'll be looking at how the numbers were calculated for the upcoming Double Weave on 4-Shafts course so you can plan your own double weave project! ⁠

We'll begin tomorrow, November 16th at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Find the Zoom link at our SOS Events Calendar »⁠

If you can't join in tomorrow, we will also record this meetup for archiving on the SOS website.⁠



#sosweaving #schoolofsweetgeorgia #felicialowong #lomeetsloom #doubleweave #multishaftweaving #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig
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Every time I come back to my loom, a little someone was playing #sosweaving

Every time I come back to my loom, a little someone was playing #sosweaving ...

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And my beloved counter yall I highly recommend. This is from cocoknits but  using for all fiber arts. 

I drafted this pattern and memorized it but I can’t keep track of how many repeats without stopping to write it down and hoping I remembered to stop.  I asked for this as part of the sos scholarship I received because of convenience and being in my face. It is magnetic so I stick it on the bolt securing my shafts. I see it constantly so I remember to pause for a second to click. Now I have a pattern and length that I should be able to recreate from project to project. This time around I’m looking for 19 repeats (I’m actually way further along than 3, I’m just bad at social media and this photo is like 4 days old… I prefer to experience the moment and share in retrospect, please forgive 🙇🏽)

And my beloved counter yall I highly recommend. This is from cocoknits but using for all fiber arts.

I drafted this pattern and memorized it but I can’t keep track of how many repeats without stopping to write it down and hoping I remembered to stop. I asked for this as part of the sos scholarship I received because of convenience and being in my face. It is magnetic so I stick it on the bolt securing my shafts. I see it constantly so I remember to pause for a second to click. Now I have a pattern and length that I should be able to recreate from project to project. This time around I’m looking for 19 repeats (I’m actually way further along than 3, I’m just bad at social media and this photo is like 4 days old… I prefer to experience the moment and share in retrospect, please forgive 🙇🏽)
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Houndstooth under tension 👀 very deconstructed color and weave patterns coming through, love that.  You can almost tell, I’m working a horizontal gradient from berry to maroon and working a vertical gradient from rust to maroon. Should make for an interesting look. The golden tones are a tonal mustard shade. 

I’m interested to see if the gradients meet and create color movement like I’ve imagined in my head and planned with numbered bobbins and specific warp winding.

Houndstooth under tension 👀 very deconstructed color and weave patterns coming through, love that. You can almost tell, I’m working a horizontal gradient from berry to maroon and working a vertical gradient from rust to maroon. Should make for an interesting look. The golden tones are a tonal mustard shade.

I’m interested to see if the gradients meet and create color movement like I’ve imagined in my head and planned with numbered bobbins and specific warp winding.
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Slow and steady weaving away a moving houndstooth project I drafted🙇🏽

This is using sweetgeorgia tough love sock and a sock blank. You’ll see I treat the two differently. Tough love sock is thrown as normal. I make sure there is a bit of room for the yarn to traverse the threads in my throwing angle or arch.  I do the same with the sock blank(rusty berry) but to a much lesser degree. I haven’t figured out how to get the crinkles out of the yarn after frogging the blank, winding a ball under tension, resting the yarn and then winding bobbins… so I’m leaving less wiggle room since there is some built in to the yarn. 

I’m weaving very slowly here because I’m carrying yarn up the selvage, being mindful of draw in, and aiming for a specific set I determined at the beginning of this project. Especially important knowing I’m working with superwash that won’t full, nor shrink as much as virgin wool, my tension, etc.

I decided to draft a signature houndstooth pattern with variations in threading from 2 through 8 and throwing 6 or 4 shots of swapping colors. I actually used a drafting software which I’ll share about in the YouTube video to come.

Anyways- Here is about ten minutes of weaving, real time, in silence (save for the occasional car outside), advancing the warp, changing bobbins, and even using my new row counter from the sos scholarship (I’m using it to count each full repeat of throwing pattern this project).

The schoolofsweetgeorgia scholarship in motion and treating me well🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤌🏾

Slow and steady weaving away a moving houndstooth project I drafted🙇🏽

This is using sweetgeorgia tough love sock and a sock blank. You’ll see I treat the two differently. Tough love sock is thrown as normal. I make sure there is a bit of room for the yarn to traverse the threads in my throwing angle or arch. I do the same with the sock blank(rusty berry) but to a much lesser degree. I haven’t figured out how to get the crinkles out of the yarn after frogging the blank, winding a ball under tension, resting the yarn and then winding bobbins… so I’m leaving less wiggle room since there is some built in to the yarn.

I’m weaving very slowly here because I’m carrying yarn up the selvage, being mindful of draw in, and aiming for a specific set I determined at the beginning of this project. Especially important knowing I’m working with superwash that won’t full, nor shrink as much as virgin wool, my tension, etc.

I decided to draft a signature houndstooth pattern with variations in threading from 2 through 8 and throwing 6 or 4 shots of swapping colors. I actually used a drafting software which I’ll share about in the YouTube video to come.

Anyways- Here is about ten minutes of weaving, real time, in silence (save for the occasional car outside), advancing the warp, changing bobbins, and even using my new row counter from the sos scholarship (I’m using it to count each full repeat of throwing pattern this project).

The schoolofsweetgeorgia scholarship in motion and treating me well🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤌🏾
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Currently wet finishing my Summer Sanity project. Worked in silence and solitude as always, but now it’s time to edit and share!  I wove a few picks whenever I had energy and a moment during the opera season, tried six treadlings on two threadings, and tried cramming and spacing by changing my beat just to experiment. 
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This was my attempt at finding a signature twill to use in some of my fall weaving. I’ll update once I’m done! Currently using some finishing techniques from #sosweaving to wet finish these.

Plus - made room on my louët to put on a new project with some materials from the SOS scholarship. Editing and uploading my scholarship supplies tomorrow since work closes early! Opera season is done but no vacay until September. Thank you for sticking with me while I had no time or energy this summer season. It was a time but this project at least gave me some weaving satisfaction and needed mental health boost🙇🏽🧶

Now wish me luck with this heat press 🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤏🏾

Currently wet finishing my Summer Sanity project. Worked in silence and solitude as always, but now it’s time to edit and share! I wove a few picks whenever I had energy and a moment during the opera season, tried six treadlings on two threadings, and tried cramming and spacing by changing my beat just to experiment.
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This was my attempt at finding a signature twill to use in some of my fall weaving. I’ll update once I’m done! Currently using some finishing techniques from #sosweaving to wet finish these.

Plus - made room on my louët to put on a new project with some materials from the SOS scholarship. Editing and uploading my scholarship supplies tomorrow since work closes early! Opera season is done but no vacay until September. Thank you for sticking with me while I had no time or energy this summer season. It was a time but this project at least gave me some weaving satisfaction and needed mental health boost🙇🏽🧶

Now wish me luck with this heat press 🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤏🏾
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Here is a list of equipment, materials and downloads needed for the Amanda Wood Clasped Weaving Course on a Rigid Heddle loom.


Downloads:


Equipment:

  • Rigid Heddle Loom- minimum 10” (25.5 cm) width
  • 12.5 dent reed

*Please follow this link for Warping Equipment & Additional Tools needed


Materials:

Cherry Blossoms Scarf:

  • Warp: Approximately 321 yd / 294 m of SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace (765 yd / 700 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 50% fine Merino wool 50% cultivated Silk) in 2 hues: 214 yd / 196 m of Marine (yarn A), 107 yds / 98 m of Birch (yarn B); 214 yd / 196 m Rose Gold (yarn A), 107 yds / 98 m Tomato (yarn B) for second colourway. 
  • Weft: Approximately 287 yd / 263 m of SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace(765 yd / 700 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 50% fine Merino wool 50% cultivated Silk) in 2 hues: 263 yd / 241 m Marine (yarn A), 24 yd / 22 m Birch (yarn B) for first colourway; 263 yd / 241 m Rose Gold (yarn A), 24 yd / 22 m Tomato (yarn B) for second colourway. 

Cherry Blossoms Cowl:

  • Warp: Approximately 216 yd / 198 m of SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace(765 yd / 700 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 50% fine Merino wool 50% cultivated Silk) in 2 hues: 108 yd / 99 m of Marine (yarn A), 108 yd / 99 m of Birch (yarn B); or 108 yd / 99 m of Rose Gold (yarn A), 108 yd / 99 m of Tomato (yarn B). 
  • Weft: Approximately 88 yards/ 81 meters of SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace(765 yd / 700 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 50% fine Merino wool 50% cultivated Silk) in 1 hue: Marine (yarn A) or Birch (yarn B); Rose Gold (yarn A) or Tomato (yarn B) for second colourway.

Additional Supplies shown/ demonstrated:

  • T-pins
  • Mason jar
  • Dog brush
  • Wool wash
  • Fringe twister
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing Board
  • Washers (as weights for broken warps)

Do you have questions about the Materials? Talk about it with members of the School of SweetGeorgia.
Post project pictures, share personal reflections, be inspired by fellow members and join the conversations in our Community Forums!

 


 

About Instructor

Amanda Wood

Amanda loves sharing her weaving knowledge and helping students realize their ideas. A graduate of the Capilano University Textile Arts program, and a member of the Canadian Guild of Weavers and the Craft Council of BC, she teaches materials driven workshops at various locations in Vancouver. In addition to teaching, Amanda has an interdisciplinary studio practice grounded in the tools and techniques of hand weaving.

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