Advanced Rigid Heddle Weaving: Double Heddle – Double Your Sett
Advanced Rigid Heddle Weaving: Double Heddle – Double Your Sett $275.00
Instructor: Stephanie Hill
Prerequisites: This class assumes that you are comfortable warping, dressing, and weaving on your own — with your own loom. Experience weaving 4 or more successful projects on you own is recommended. Experience with pick up sticks, and color & weave is helpful but not required. Experience with weaving drafts will be useful but not required.
This class will help you learn how to use two heddles to weave at double the sett (epi) possible with a single heddle. Most rigid heddle looms can accommodate a second heddle. Some looms require an inexpensive adapter to handle the second heddle, and some looms can handle a second heddle out of the box. (At this time the Schacht Cricket is not designed with a second heddle in mind.) This class assumes that you have you are comfortable warping, dressing, and weaving on your own — with your own loom. It is also assumes that you have a general understanding of some basic weaving terms.
This class will introduce students to one specific threading arrangement that utilizes two heddles. With the threading arrangement this class is based on it is possible to weave plain weave and a variety of other patterns. There are other ways that 2 heddles can be threaded and utilized on a rigid heddle loom. These are topics for future classes. Additionally, the concept of weaving drafts and drawdowns will be introduced as it relates to rigid heddle weaving and the threading arrangement used in this class.
Direct warping and indirect warping are both acceptable methods of preparing a warp in this class. You should always try different ways of doing things to find the best ways that work for you, your loom, your materials, and your workspace. Please note that when direct warping there will be more opportunities for the ends to twist and cross behind the heddle. But weaving will still be possible! Remember that any crosses or twists occur behind the heddle thy will not transfer to your woven fabric. If having crosses or twists behind your heddle drive you nuts as it is, consider an indirect warping method with lease sticks to maintain thread order. If you only know one way to prepare a warp and dress your loom, please use that method for class. Ideally class will contain some students using a variety of warping methods form which all students can learn new tips and tricks.
Equipment and Materials: Students must have a loom capable of weaving with two heddles at the same time. Some looms have this capability built in. Some looms require and adapter block be installed. Your loom must be ready to weave with two heddles for class. Please make sure you have any necessary adapters installed before class! Please tell us what size loom you have when registering.
- Two heddles of the same EPI. Heddles used for the first class project will be limited to 5 epi, 7.5 epi, or 8 epi. (5epi is recommended for speed and larger visible scale, but 7.5epi or 8epi will require less investment for many since most looms come with one this size already.)
- Warp requirements will depend on the heddles you will use. PLEASE HAVE ALL YARN WOUND IN CAKES, BALLS, OR ON CONES AND READY TO USE FOR CLASS. If you have yarn that needs to be wound before class, please bring it to the shop a few days before class and it can be wound and ready for you. Please bring multiple options to class or check with the instructor in advance if you are unsure.
- For 2 heddles @ 5 epi each: 160yds-270yds for warp in one or more solid colors and appropriate for weaving at a sett of 10 epi. Options may include 3/2 perle cotton, and worsted-to-sport weight yarns.
- For 2 heddles @ 7.5 epi each: 240yds-400yds for warp in one or more solid colors and appropriate for weaving at a sett of 15 epi. Options may include 5/2 perle cotton, and fingering-to-lace weight yarns.
- For 2 heddles @ 8 epi each: 260yds-430yds for warp in one or more solid colors and appropriate for weaving at a sett of 16 epi. Options may include 5/2 perle cotton, and fingering-to-lace weight yarns.
- Weft requirements are similar to warp. Bring some that is the same as your warp as well as some different colors. You may also want to try some that is thicker, thinner, or variegated or striped colors.
- Please bring all equipment and tools you use to warp your loom to class, including warp paper. Small warping boards are available to use in class. Please let us know in advance if you would like to use a shop warping board for class.
General Class Agenda – Please refer to published class dates and times before registering. If you know that you will miss some class time in advance please contact the instructor before registering for class. There are few opportunities to get caught up between classes.
- Day 1: (full day, bring lunch) Warp looms and begin weaving with 2 heddles. Your first project will be a class sampler. If time permits weaving drafts will be introduced on the first day of class.
- Day 2: (full day, bring lunch) Tackle any questions about warping and weaving thus far. Review the threading arrangement and weaving drafts. Continue to weave various patterns possible with the threading arrangement used in class. Weave as time permits. Part of the day will be dedicated to planning your second project. If you have yarn in your stash you would like to use for your second project please bring it today.
- Day 3: (full day, bring lunch) Review project plans and yarn selections for the second project. Warp looms. Weave as time permits. Please have all yarn for your second project wound and ready to use in class.
- Day 4: (half day) Review completed and in progress projects. Answer any questions. Review of setts and modifications for different yarns and structures. Discuss other things to weave with this threading arrangement. Discuss how multiple heddles and pick-up sticks are similar (or different). Discuss other threading arrangements that are possible with 2 heddles.