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.

To see a draft of the color order for this weaving, please visit this blog post for Jan 16, 2021!

Be safe and well,

Kate K.

5 thoughts on “Sampling on the rigid heddle

  1. I love the color gradation you have in the 3/30/20 posting. You indicated I could contact you this way and you’d be willing to share your warping arrangement. I’d love to see how you managed that! Hope you and yours have been staying safe though these difficult times. Thank you!


    1. Hi, Maggie! I’d be happy to share the draft I used to weaving the color gradation sample on my rigid heddle. The draft that I have is in picture file form. If you can please share a way to get this to you I will send along. (Any contact info will not be shared with the reading public!). Thanks, Kate K.


      1. Hi, Maggie! I actually posted a photo of the color gradation draft on the blog post from January 16, “Placemats and playtime.” It is near the end of the post so keep scrolling! Let me know if that works for you. Cheers, Kate K.


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