Sunday, January 4, 2009


Some time back I traded several orchids for a rigid heddle loom. This past week I broke it out finally to figure it out. A RH loom is fairly simple as looms go, but it still takes a fair amount of time to get it setup for weaving. I was surprised that it actually took me about three hours to prepare and tie on the warp yarn, get it tensioned evenly, then weave the waste yarn to even it out. Perhaps I will get faster with practice. I'm using a simple weave, with patterning based on color only, but still I get a quiet satisfaction from seeing the fibers come to life. It will be nice to see how it matures when finished and off the loom to relax. Below are photos of the work in progress.