Learning to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Sheep Thrills is truly the place to be when it comes to weaving in Broward County.  The owner Patti is a weaver herself and has enabled many a new weaver!  If you come into the store you are sure to see a loom or two set up and lovely woven samples to try on.

Patti wove this scarf on a rigid heddle loom. It is plain weave. The yarn changes in the weft give it so much interest.
Patti wove this scarf on a rigid heddle loom. It is plain weave. The yarn changes in the weft give it so much interest.

In my previous blog post, Five Fantastic Reasons to Learn Weaving, I tried to get everyone excited about learning weaving and I ended up convincing myself to take the Introduction to Weaving Class!

Instant gratification.
Instant gratification.

It was really exciting to learn a brand new (to me) craft!  What I liked about the class was that we were using a rigid heddle loom, which was new for me.  The kinds of looms we all used as children are frame looms, where we move the weft (horizontal) fibers under and over, under and over the warp (vertical) fibers.  The rigid heddle loom uses a reed that moves every other warp string up and down so that you just have to slide the weft string through on a shuttle.  It’s fascinating, hypnotic, and addictive.

Learn Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom at Sheep Thrills Yarn Shop Broward County 4725 N. University Drive Lauderhill FL (954) 468-5577 @sheepthrillsfl Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

Compared to knitting and crochet, weaving is really quick.  People say it takes a while to warp the loom (place the vertical strings on the loom) but the experienced weavers I met at Sheep Thrills have lots of methods to make the warping go smoothly and efficiently.

You will see weavers warping their looms at Sheep Thrills!
You will see weavers warping their looms at Sheep Thrills!

Once the warp is in place, the projects advance rapidly and you can crank out multiple projects using the same warp threads.

Sheep Thrills offers Weave Night on a regular basis.  Just check the website or follow on our facebook page to see when the next event will take place.

As always, thanks for reading the blog!  If you liked hearing about weaving, please share this post with a friend through social media, or better yet, give a good friend a call and get together to weave!  We’d love to see you in the store, so remember we can be found at 4725 N. University Drive in Lauderhill, FL 33351.  Feel free to give us a call at (855) YARNS-4-U or check out our website at sheepthrillsfl.com.

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