Clever Weaving on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

I love Jenny Sennott’s Two Savory Towels for the Rigid-Heddle Loom from the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven because her design is clever. Don’t get me wrong, I also love intricate designs done on multi-shaft looms, but there is something special about plain weave and the serenity of quiet repetition.

Jenny used 4 simple techniques to create these towels that stand out from the ordinary:

  1. A variegated yarn in the warp that coordinates with both the main solid-colored warp and the accent warp.
  2. Cramming the variegated yarn and the accent warp yarns to accentuate specific stripes in the finished towels.
  3. Pick-up patterns that repeat and create texture along the length of the towels.
  4. Two different pick-up patterns that create matching towels that are not exactly the same.
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Savory Towel 1 with subtle texture
Photo credit: George Boe

We often talk about how rigid-heddle looms are uniquely suited for pick-up, but there is a general assumption that anything you can do on a rigid-heddle loom, you could do on a 4-shaft loom. I got a very interesting lesson on that subject when I attempted to translate the pick-up pattern Jenny Sennot used in her towels into a 4-shaft draft. Lo and behold, I couldn’t draft the pattern on 4-shafts. The towels required two shafts to weave plain weave and then an additional 3 shafts to imitate the pick-up pattern, for a total of 5 shafts.

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Savory towel 2 which required 5 shafts to draft the pick-up pattern. Photo credit: George Boe

The Two Savory Towels Kit is intended for rigid-heddle weavers who want to weave 2 beautiful towels while learning how cramming warp ends strategically creates warp-dominant areas, improving their pick-up skills through repetition, and learning how 2 different pick-up patterns create different textures. The kit includes all of the yarn needed to weave the towels and the print version of Handwoven November/December 2017.

Learn some new techniques and design approaches with the Two Savory Towels for the Rigid Heddle Loom Kit. Added bonus: 2 beautiful towels!

Weave well,
Susan

Featured Image: Two Savory Towels by Jenny Sennott, Handwoven November/December 2017. Photo credit: George Boe


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