Colour & Weave on Rigid Heddle Loom

Taught by Amanda Wood, this course explores pattern and colour, and how these things work together in our handwoven projects. We learn how to approach a new to you yarn – trying different combinations, playing with the sett and learning about how to respond to its particular character. Amanda also covers weaving a gamp, giving us information about how pattern and colour work together, then taking this information to make a project entirely unique to ourselves.

Amanda Wood · January 12, 2022

We’re excited to introduce you to Colour & Weave on Rigid Heddle Loom with instructor Amanda Wood.

First, we’ll explore how to approach a new-to-you yarn. By testing out different combinations and playing with the sett, you’ll learn how to respond to the yarn’s particular character.  

Then, it’s time to make a gamp, which is essentially like a handwoven sketchbook. A gamp is going to give helpful information about pattern and colour, and how they work together.

Finally, we’ll learn how to take the information from the gamp and make a project that is completely custom and unique.

Throughout the Colour & Weave on Rigid Heddle Loom course videos, you’ll learn:

  • What is colour & weave and the importance of contrast
  • What is a gamp and how to use it
  • Equipment needed, plus recommendations on how to choose yarn and sett
  • How to direct warp an uneven number of stripes
  • Indirect warping variation with three pegs
  • Re-tensioning the warp
  • Threading plans
  • How to weave a gamp
  • Fixing knotted warp threads
  • Weaving a houndstooth themed warp
  • Weaving a stripe-themed warp
  • Resources and more

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

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

A gamp is a sampler, a weaver’s way of using a single warp to test out multiple ideas. It could be a colour gamp or a weave structure gamp or in this case a gamp that explores colour patterns. Colour and Weave is not a weave structure but rather a pattern, in the sense that it is simply plain weave with the addition of colour effects through alternating light and dark threads.⁠

Woven using Gist @gistyarn Beam 3/2 Organic Cotton in three contrasting colours, you can find Amanda Wood's @amanda_f_wood Colour & Weave Gamp pattern plus course instruction all at the new Colour & Weave on Rigid Heddle Loom course!⁠

More info at the School – link in bio »⁠

#sosrigidheddleweaving #soscolourandweave

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NEW at the SCHOOL // It's been a month of some amazing new weaving content over at the schoolofsweetgeorgia, and this week, there's yet another fabulous new course to share: Colour & Weave on Rigid Heddle Loom, taught by Amanda Wood amanda_f_wood!⁠

This course explores pattern and colour, and how these things work together in our handwoven projects. We learn how to approach a new to you yarn – trying different combinations, playing with the sett and learning about how to respond to its particular character. Amanda teaches weaving a gamp, which gives us information about how pattern and colour work together, where we then take this information to make a project entirely unique to ourselves!⁠

Find Colour & Weave on Rigid Heddle Loom at the SOS site – link in bio »⁠
Included in the course is also Amanda's Breakfast Eggs Towel weaving pattern shown here, with mix and match options to make them your own!

#sosrigidheddleweaving

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Now live at the School – we're excited to introduce Colour & Weave on Rigid Heddle Loom course, taught by Amanda Wood @amanda_f_wood!⁠

First, we’ll explore how to approach a new to you yarn. We will try different combinations, play with the sett and learn about how to respond to its particular character. ⁠
Second, we’re going to make a gamp, which is essentially like a handwoven sketchbook. A gamp is going to give us some information about pattern and colour, and how these things work together.⁠
And third, we’ll be able to take the information from our gamp and make a project that is entirely unique to ourselves!⁠

Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠

You can ask any questions over at the SOS forums, plus we'd love to see your progress! Happy weaving!⁠
#sosrigidheddleweaving
#soscolourandweave #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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0.1 Colour & Weave Materials

Here is a list of materials, equipment and downloads needed for the rigid heddle loom weaving course taught by Amanda Wood.


Downloads


Equipment

  • Rigid heddle Loom-minimum 9"/ 23 cm width for gamp
  • Rigid heddle Loom-minimum 16"/ 40 cm width for gamp
  • 12.5 dent reed

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


Materials

Colour and Weave Gamp:

  • Warp & Weft: three cones of Gist Beam 3/2 organic cotton (630 yd / 576 m per 8 oz / 227 g cone; 100% Organic Unmercerized Cotton) in three contrasting colours, one each in Natural (yarn L), Licorice (yarn D), and Dandelion (yarn S, contrast colour) (630 yd / 576 m per 8 oz / 227 g cone; 100% organic cotton). 

Breakfast Eggs Towels:

  • Warp & Weft: Gist Beam 3/2 organic cotton in two contrasting colours, (630 yd / 576 m per 8 oz / 227 g cone; 100% Organic Unmercerized Cotton).
      • Fried Egg towels: two cones Natural (yarn A) and one cone Dandelion (yarn B) 
      • Scrambled egg towels: two cones Lemon (yarn A) and one cone Dandelion (yarn B)

*If you choose to do both warps as written, one cone of Dandelion will be just enough for six towels over two warps, get two cones for insurance. 

**Optional: using a thinner yarn for weaving lighter cloth on the hems. Brassard 2/8 cotton in the Natural and Lemon. You could also use sewing thread or fusible thread in a light colour. 


Additional Supplies shown/demonstrated

  • Weights/ s-hooks/ carabiners 
  • Cardboard to make a view finder
  • Fusible thread
  • Iron with ironing board
  • Sewing needle 

Do you have questions about 0.1 Colour & Weave Materials? Talk about it with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, 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.

4 Courses

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
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