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!

Christina Garton May 30, 2023 - 3 min read

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Kate weaves with her rigid heddle in her greenhouse using a backstrap set up. Photo from Backstrap Rigid Heddle Basics.

I love the idea of bandweaving, but I don’t love the idea of making string heddles. I know, I know. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t take all that long, but I often have an hour or less of actual free time in a day and want to spend as much of that time weaving as possible. Recently I was reminded of an old tool, the rigid heddle.

I’m not talking about the rigid-heddle loom but rather the traditional bandweaving tool. These heddles look a bit like their rigid-heddle loom counterparts and work in the same sort of way. Warp ends are pulled through slots and holes on the heddle, which is then lifted or lowered to create a shed—no string heddles (or loom!) required. Some heddles even have multiple layers of slots and/or holes so you can warp once and create multiple sheds without pick-up (although you can use pick-up with a rigid heddle as well).

Rigid heddles come in a variety of sizes and styles. Photo credit: Kate Larson

So how exactly do you set up and use one of these handy little heddles? Lucky for all of us, the amazing Kate Larson, editor of our sister magazine Spin Off, recently put out a video explaining how to warp and weave on a rigid heddle. In Backstrap Rigid Heddle Basics, Kate shows you how she uses her rigid heddle without a loom using a simple, easy-to-replicate backstrap loom. Of course, don’t take my word for it—watch the video below!

I hope you found this video as fascinating and inspiring as I did. In fact, I liked this video so much I bought my own simple rigid heddle. I can’t wait to try it out this weekend. If it works out, I see so much potential for weaving on the go.

Happy Weaving!

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