Sampling on the rigid heddle

Hello, friends. I hope all is well with you and your families and that you’re safe at home. I continue to reside in SC with my parents. I am grateful for tools like “Zoom” and FaceTime to keep in touch with my husband, my boys, and my sister and her family.

The rigid heddle loom and I continue to spend a lot of time together. This week I’m exploring some new-to-me techniques such as color gradation. The rigid heddle is a great tool for learning and sampling as it doesn’t have a lot of loom waste and it is relatively quick to warp. Here is a warp of Harrisville Designs “Shetland” wool featuring natural, silver mist (grey) and charcoal:

Grey warp
Harrisville Designs “Shetland” in natural, silver mist, charcoal


Grey cloth sample
Close up of the darker side of the cloth

I like the way the colors are blending together in the cloth and I will share a photo of the finished yardage. Perhaps someday I will expand on this concept and rework the threading for a twill on the floor loom. For now, the 10″ wide warp and 5 shades of grey are keeping me busy.

If you’re interested in seeing the warp arrangement that I’ve set up here, just drop me a line in the “comments” section and I’d be very happy to share.

Be safe and well,

Kate K.

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