Rigid Heddle

The rigid-heddle loom gets its name from the heddle that is lifted and lowered. This heddle allows specific threads to be isolated in either a slot or a hole which work together to create patterning in your cloth. This loom has gained significant popularity and has become the primary loom for many weavers. With the rigid-heddle loom, the loom’s width determines the width of your piece, so be sure to find a loom that suits your desired projects.

Discover the breadth of possibilities with the rigid-heddle articles, projects, and patterns in this category and throughout Little Looms.

Weave a Band Using a Rigid Heddle

Rigid heddles are wonderful tools for bandweaving, once you know how to use them. Watch an exclusive video featuring Spin Off’s Kate Larson to learn how to warp and weave on a rigid heddle, no loom required!

Rigid Heddle Weaving: Why Two Heddles?

Learn the advantages and expanded design possibilities of using two heddles on a rigid-heddle loom.

Pick-Up Sticks: Small Changes, Big Possibilities

One of the many benefits of weaving with pick-up sticks is being able to change your pattern on a whim. Here’s one project that uses pick-up sticks to create 3 different towels.

The First Draft—Learning from a Rigid-Heddle Loom Experiment

Susan recounts her experiences weaving with embroidery floss on a rigid-heddle loom.

Call for Submissions: Summer 2024—Blast from the Past!

Let's get Medieval, Easy Weaving with Little Looms Style!

Clasped-Weft Weaving 2 Ways!

Learn the 2 clasped weft techniques, how they differ, and what each means for your final cloth.

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Bonus Project! Striped Napkins with Pick-Up

Get all the information you need to weave these gorgeous pastel napkins by Susan E. Horton on your rigid-heddle loom. They’re the perfect spring weaving project!

Rigid-Heddle Twill 101: It’s Not as Hard as You Might Think!

Learn why weavers love twill and what makes it a great weave for the rigid-heddle loom.

Hack Your Rigid-Heddle Weaving Studio

You may want to add these seven easy to find items to your weaving equipment stash.

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A Treasury of 10 Rigid-Heddle Designs: New eBook

Weave your way through Long Thread Media’s NEW rigid-heddle eBook! It features favorite projects from Handwoven, Spin-Off, and (of course) Easy Weaving with Little Looms!