Taught by Amanda Wood, we’re excited to introduce you to new ways of working with a rigid heddle loom. The rigid heddle 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.
Interlocking, clasping two yarns of different colours around each other and using them as one, allows us to shift colours, texture 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 pirns.
- 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 further resources to take your rigid heddle weaving to the next level, including inspiration and record keeping.
We hope you’ll join us! Please share any progress or questions at the SOS forums, and tag your posts on Instagram #sosclaspedwarpandweft and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!
- Cherry Blossoms Scarf Pattern (PDF) »
Clasped weft project. Inspired by the characteristic warm pinks of spring cherry blossoms, this long, drapey silk-merino scarf is perfect for shoulder seasons where you want to wrap a soft cloth many times to keep out the cold.
- Cherry Blossoms Cowl pattern (PDF) »
Clasped warp project. Inspired by the characteristic warm pinks of spring cherry blossoms, this silk-merino cowl is perfect for shoulder seasons. Combining warp interlocking and plain-weave it’s a great project to highlight the power of the rigid heddle loom. Sewing the ends together creates an easy to wear cowl.
- Clasped Warp & Weft on Rigid Heddle Workbook (PDF) » Download the workbook for materials list, tips & resources.
- Complete Course Transcripts (Zip file)» Download all transcripts for the Clasped Warp & Weft on a Rigid Heddle.