COSW Guild Retreat: Patty Huffer – Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop

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COSW Guild Retreat: Patty Huffer – Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop

The Rigid Heddle loom can be an inventive and inspirational loom to weave on. Learning the basics, you can start to see the versatility of this little workhorse.

In this class, you will learn the basics of weaving on a Rigid Heddle loom. From how to warp it, with help from a warping board so you can accomplish this process in a small space, getting the warp on the loom with even tension, to techniques for getting good selvedges. These techniques will help make your weaving very enjoyable. 

In this two-day class you will warp the loom twice; this will reinforce the warping process. The first day we will weave a scarf, discussing various yarns that can be used, and finger manipulation of the warp and weft threads. The second day we will once again warp the loom and get another project on it that you will finish at home.

My goal for this class is for you to see the many possibilities the Rigid Heddle loom has for creating many kinds of finished pieces. Weaving is full of surprises, from the way fiber can affect the woven cloth, to color interaction, and the finishing techniques used.

Online Registration will open at 9 AM July 12. 

The materials fee will be $15 for a color handout booklet.

Price:  $50 with Guild member discount (July 12 – August 5); $80 (August 5 – August 31). The prices include the PayPal transaction fees. The Retreat is partially sponsored by an ANWG Grant for 2022 of $600.  This Rigid Heddle Workshop is also being partially sponsored by WeGO. 

Maximum students:  12

The general supplies for the class for each individual will be:

  • Rigid Heddle loom with an 8 or 10 dent reed
  • Warping board
  • Threading hook, stick shuttles
  • Clamps for loom and Clamps for warping board (larger clamps)
  • Scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle, pen and paper (any other related weaving items)

The first day we will be setting up the loom and weaving a scarf. The supplies you will need for this are:

  • DK/Sport weight yarn (approx. 350 yards for warp and a similar weight yarn for weft approx. 150 yards)
  • Paper for the warp beam (this can be sturdy paper from grocery sacks or corrugated cardboard that comes in rolls)

Supplies for the second day will be:

  • One or Two colors of carpet warp, 8/4 cotton
  • 1” strips of coordinating cotton material
  • Fork or hair pick (used as an additional beater)
  • Paper for warp beam

I am looking forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Patty Huffer

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  1. Register only online for the workshop or seminar. No checks will be accepted.
  2. Full payment is required at the time of registration and 45 days prior to the event. If there are not enough paid attendees, the guild must give cancellation notice to the instructor and/or facility 30 days before the workshop start date.
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  4. Registration is transferable. If you are unable to attend, it is your responsibility to contact  as soon as possible. The ticket mistress will cancel your registration and contact the next person on the Waitlist RSVP to register online.
  5. If you cancel >45 days prior to the event and no replacement is found, you are charged $50.
  6. If you cancel <45 days prior to the workshop and no replacement is found, there is no refund.
  7. If the workshop is cancelled for any reason, participants shall be refunded all workshop fees.
  8. If participant fee income exceeds the adjusted fixed cost, excess income goes to the Memorial Fund.
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