Handwoven Loom Theory: Rigid Heddle Scarf Collection

Welcome to Loom Theory Volume III: Rigid Heddle Scarf Collection, the third in a new series of digital lookbooks for weavers and a special publication of Handwoven magazine. There are many things I love about rigid-heddle looms, but in the top tier are their flexibility and adaptability for hand manipulation of warp and weft. I love that with a simple pick-up stick, I can easily create patterns and lace without being constrained by the harnesses and tie-ups of a floor loom. It may seem counterintuitive, but I also love the limitations of rigid-heddle looms—their smaller dimension and the limited number of heddle sizes push me to design in different ways.

Rigid Heddle Scarf Collection

Jenny Sennott’s Winter Jasmine scarf is a delicious blend of Tencel and chenille in pick-up and an inlay design. Photo credit: Caleb Young (Good Folk Photography)

For this Rigid-Heddle Scarf Collection, we asked seven designers to design scarves that use the flexibility of the rigid-heddle loom to their advantage, whether it is in the ease of direct warping, using a pick-up stick or sticks, tying Brooks bouquet bundles, hatching, or other techniques. Our desire to show off what a rigid-heddle loom can do didn’t stop there; we also challenged our designers to use fine yarns—silk, wool, Tencel, chenille, and several blends—from beloved yarn companies to create gorgeous and special scarves.

You can purchase the pattern collection while browsing the lookbook—just find the “Purchase Now” button on every design-information page to be directed to our store page, where you can download the entire collection of patterns in a bundle.

The luscious yarns in this lookbook are courtesy of Treenway Silks, Jagger Spun, Fairmount Fibers, Cotton Clouds, WEBS, Universal Yarns, and Ashford. The designers are Stephanie Flynn Sokolov, Anu Bhatia, Judith Shangold, Jenny Sennott, Elisabeth Hill, Amy Gunderson, and Sara Goldenberg.

I think you are going to love this wonderful collection of luxurious scarves, all woven on rigid-heddle looms!

Weave well,
Susan