On Sunday, I had the good fortune to practice my rigid heddle weaving. I went to Schacht Spindle Company HQ in Boulder for a scarf weaving class with both Jane Patrick and Stephanie Flynn-Sokolov, co-authors of the new book Woven Scarves: 26 Inspired Designs for the Rigid Heddle Loom.I’ve really loved my new 15-inch Cricket rigid heddle loom, and this was such a great chance to learn from the experts!
We learned to warp in pattern – which is much easier than I thought it would be! The pattern tells you exactly how many strands of each color to put on, and then exactly what to do next. I’ve been intimidated by weaving patterns, but am slowly learning the lingo. If I can read a knitting pattern, I can learn to read weaving patterns, right?
Here’s a view of my scarf – yellow bamboo, pink wool, yellow mohair with two strands of glittery gold on the edges. My weaving is a bit uneven, but I’m really happy with how my selvages are looking! I’m getting better and better with every scarf.
After my scarf is off the loom, I’m supposed to hand-felt the center wool strip, and the whole thing becomes like a big ruffle. The bamboo softens up and plumps up — the sample from Jane and Stephanie’s book was so gorgeous – I’ll be happy if mine finished up even remotely as well. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Here are some of the other colorways of our class scarves. Jane’s is on the right, and Stephanie’s is on top.
Here’s Stephanie working on her scarf, with projects from the book behind her:
Look at all of the fun things that can be done on the rigid heddle loom. I was sitting facing Stephanie, and looking at the scarves behind her. Every few minutes, I had a new favorite! Stephanie and Jane are amazing teachers! We had a great time.