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What Makes a Rigid-Heddle Loom, a Rigid-Heddle Loom?

During the latest weave-along, we have been exploring warp-faced colorwork to weave bands on a rigid-heddle loom. This has led to all sorts of exploratory questions about tape and box looms, many of which utilize a rigid-heddle style reed as the shedding device. Every weaving culture has some sort of band technique that expresses their …

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When, if ever, do I need a floor loom?

Rigid-heddle weavers regularly ask me this question or a variation on this theme, essentially wanting to know if they will reach a limit with their rigid-heddle loom. All looms have constraints. Syne Mitchell, a dedicated multi-shaft loom weaver and author of Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom, talks beautifully about the concept of constraints throughout her work. …

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Where Weaving Lives

Every once in a while, my work forces me to look up and marvel at the place I have landed.  This past week was a perfect example. The students in my Weaving for Techies class at New Mexico Tech University are getting ready to tackle weft faced weaves. I wanted to give the students a …

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