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.

Rigid-Heddle Myths Busted

Christina talks about some of the myths surrounding rigid-heddle looms and explains why these simple looms aren't just for beginners.

Five Questions with Aarthi Neelakrishnan

Learn a bit more about weaver and designer Aarthi Neelakrishnan, including why she loves weaving diversified plain weave on a rigid-heddle loom.

Call for Submissions—Little Looms Summer 2025: Shifting Colors

For the Summer 2025 issue of Easy Weaving with Little Looms, we’re looking for projects with creative color changes.

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A Fun Twist on Danish Medallions

Learn about Christine Jablonski's new-to-us take on Danish Medallions and then get a free subscriber exclusive download!

Choosing Souvenir Skeins: Can I Weave a Scarf with That?

Learn how to figure out on the fly whether a skein of yarn has enough yards to weave a scarf on either a rigid-heddle or pin loom.

Beading Dos and Don’ts

Beads and weaving can be a match made in heaven if you know how to use the beads to your advantage.

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Weaving Transparency on the Rigid-Heddle Loom

Did you know you can weave transparencies on a rigid-heddle loom? Learn more about transparencies and how they're woven and subscribers can get a bonus project to get them started!

Always Say Dye

Learn why mud dyes might be the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to start natural dyeing. They're safe, easy to use, and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

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Table Topper Tips

What type of table runner is right for your table? Christina has tips for figuring out size, shape, and style.

Ignoring Conventional Wisdom on the Rigid-Heddle Loom

There was a time when weavers were told that rigid-heddle looms were only good for scarves and shawls—thank goodness for everyone this was proved wrong.