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Double Weave

Inspired by my new quena flute from Deniz Dogrusöz, a flute maker from Turkey, I started weaving what would be a case for the beautiful quena. Then Inspired by the weavers of the Andes, I warped my little rigid heddle loom, the only one I have left from my weaving days and started in on what is to be a double weave flute wall hanging.
Notice the pick up sticks that allow for the black warp back weave.
The weaving starts with weaving all of the warp threads.
This is the double weave part that will hold the flute
Weaving two layers at a time. This shows the separate layers.
My first Brooks Bouquet which pulls the two layers together though it doesn’t have to now that I think about it. The black line weaves through both layers and that holds the layers together.
Almost complete. The double weave does work to hold the flutes. I need to wash and block the weaving and sew the flap at the top to hold a hanging rod.

The weaving is based on a pattern by Ashford Company.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Weaving travels

Three looms

Three looms warped, two Ashford and one Beka. Blue Tweed men’s scarf complete. LED weaving in process. Third loom ready for weft. Found some good weft at Coastal Yarns at Cannon Beach.


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Rigid Heddle Adventures

32 inch Kromski harp rigid heddle loom.  10 dent reed.


Warp goes well with warping peg instead of the warp pegs that turn the back of this loom into a warping board (for longer warps).  Minor mishap, puppies find brown ball of yarn and turn it into a massive mess (see top of warping peg).

Warp for Jackson's blanket

320 threads pulled to the front of the heddle (warp wound on to the back beam).  Ready for threading…one of each pair of threads will go through the eye of the heddle.

Warp pulled through heddle, ready to thread heddle and tie up.

Warp below wound on to the back beam (from the back beam side).

Warp from the back beam angle.
Warp from the back beam angle.

The tie up begins from the outsides in.  I thread the eyes of the heddle at the same time as tying up 10 threads at a time in a traditional tie-up.


Tie up complete.

Warps tied up.

Weaving begins.  I am reminded that warp selection is important.  I had been weaving on a knitter’s loom from Ashford.  The eyes in the heddle were larger so less wear on the knitting yarn.  Two threads are dangerously weak in the early weaving.  Use fray check from my sewing box to help prevent some fraying.

Beginning to Weave

Weave color is lighter than I anticipated.  Called Yarn Garden in Portland to get another skein of brown.  Plan to weave weft in stripes.  They were very helpful.

Going to order the 8 dent reed for Lily’s blanket.  I think it will allow me to use this knitting yarn a little easier.  The dent size is good for Jackson’s blanket, the holes are just a little small.

This stand can be used for my Navajo loom if I so choose.  Weaving helps me hold a space for moving to Portland

Leaving Ashland Rigid Heddle Weaving Weaving travels

Rigid Heddle Weaving

I wove small pieces on both looms plus purchased a knitters loom (rigid heddle) and I wove Christmas  presents one year rather remarkably.   The knitter’s loom takes regular yarn and ribbon so all kinds of textures are possible with a simple weave. Took a basic class at Websters and a more advanced one there as well. Haven’t used the more advanced info (yet).

Found a great video on using a pickup stick with the rigid heddle (which is one of the advanced techniques I learned in class).