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Table Mat Rigid Heddle Weaving Project

I recently purchased a rigid heddle loom to add my loom collection (one loom just isn’t enough). I have always woven on floor looms so to return to weaving on a small table loom is a bit of a learning curve. Although the rigid heddle is a simple design, it can produce some wonderful and creative fabrics. Over the coming weeks, I will be posting some weaving projects and patterns as I weave on this loom.

Ashford Table Looms
Ashford Table Looms

The Ashford 60 cm loom came equipped with a 10 dpi/No. 40 reed. I have ordered an additional reed (15 dpi/No. 60) so that I will be able to use finer yarns. I also ordered 4 pickup sticks so that I will be able to do more than plain tabby weave on this loom.
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For my first project, I decided to put on a 3 meter linen warp so that I can weave multiple sample projects. The 10 dent reed is quite a wide sett so it is suitable for thicker yarns such as handspun or knitting wool yarns.
I purchased my linen yarn for the warp from Finland, but you can substitute with another yarn of a similar weight or thickness or cotton yarn such as seine twine.

Handspun Wool Table Mat Project

Warp Yarn: Linen Yarn Nel 8/2 (Tex 200×2)
Warp Length: 3 Meters
Warp Width: 16 inch, 40 cm
Sett: 10 dpi/No. 40

Weft: Linen Yarn Nel 8/2
Handspun Wool

Project Length: 70 cm

Rigid Heddle Weaving Project
Rigid Heddle Weaving Project

I wove this table mat in a simple tabby weave, using alternating shots of the linen yarn and my handspun wool, creating a thick and thin woven effect. I cut the warp from the loom, hem stitched the edges and cut a 1 inch trim.
Then I fulled the woven piece by washing it in hot water with a bit of dish soap until the wool started to shrink a bit. I rinsed the table mat in cold water and hung to dry.

Handspun Wool and Linen Table Runner
Handspun Wool and Linen Table Runner

Yarn Sources
Lankava Finland

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Rigid Heddle Weaving Books and Supplies

Rigid Heddles for Rigid Heddle Loms 32 Inch By Ashford (10)

Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom: Discover the Full Potential of the Rigid-Heddle Loom, for Beginners and Beyond

Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom: Discover the Full Potential of the Rigid-Heddle Loom, for Beginners and Beyond

The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Weaving Made Easy Revised and Updated: 17 Projects Using a Rigid-Heddle Loom

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Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

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Kessenich Hand Weaving 14" Tabletop Loom

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Large four harness table top weaving loom - used

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Rigid Heddle Weaving: aa052401b

I had the pleasure of meeting Kat Walton, an accomplished drop spindler and weaver. Here are some samples she wove using a rigid heddle loom.

rigid heddle sample

rigid heddle sample

rigid heddle sample

rigid heddle sample

rigid heddle sample

Rigid Heddle Weaving

Rigid Heddle Looms
Beaivi Rigid Heddle Loom
Rigid Heddle Band Weaving

Part 1: Drop Spindles

Weaving Books: Rigid Heddle

Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving
Wonderful projects and plain-weave variations, this user-friendly guide covers choosing, setting up, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom.
UK: Hands on Rigid Heddle

The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms (Writers Digest Guides)
Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms.
UK: The Woven Bag

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Early Antique Spinning Wheel

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Fiber Wool Combs Carders Spinning Wheel

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