Warping and Weaving on Ashford Rigid Heddle tabletop Loom

  • Used in this tutorial:
  •  32″, 48″ width
  • 7.5 Dent Heddle
  • 1 Stick Shuttle
  • Double End Threading Hook
  • Clamps
  • Warping Pegs

Accompanying Video, courtesy of  Ashford Wheels and Looms

Weaving tutorials from their website:  https://www.ashford.co.nz/tutorials/weaving-tutorials

Beginning weaving on your Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, tabletop-sized

How to warp up your Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom.
First, you clamp the loom to the table, and attach your warping peg at the other end of the table.

This is the warping peg and the clamp, already wound with yarn, but to begin with, you just have an empty peg attached to the clamp.

The distance you want your warp, is going to be the approximate length of your project.
So, take your warp yarn, tie it onto the back stick, then using the reed hook, we’re going to go through each slot, and take the loop, up and around the warping peg.

Your next loop will go under the warp stick, and around, through the slot, and around the warping peg.
Your next loop will go OVER the warp stick, through the next slot, and around the warping peg.
So you loop under, then around the warp stick, then over, and around the warp stick.


When you’re at the end of the reed, and you’ve warped up the full width, you tie it off onto the warp stick.

Next, you take a piece of scrap yarn, tie it around the yarn that’s wrapped around the warping peg, tie it nice and tight. Then you lift the loops off the peg, cut the ends, and hold it tightly, because now you’re ready to wind it on.

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You may need to have a friend hold the end there, because you’re going to roll the
warp onto the back roller, as she hold the yarn at a uniform tension, and walks forward.
If you don’t have a friend, you could tie it onto a weight, and move it towards you as you wind.

(See 2:32 on video)
Now, just roll it around, and when your back stick reaches the roller, put cardboard strips at intervals,

(see 2:42 on video)  as you roll. If you don’t have strips, you can use paper from a paper bag, making sure you’ve already cut it
to a manageable width and length. Putting paper or strips in there keeps the threads separated so they don’t lose their tension. When your yarn gets pulled up pretty close to the reed, you can let go, unclamp the loom, untie the threads, and get ready to thread the reed.


Now we thread one of the threads from each slot into the eye, to the right of the slot. So, take the pair, pull one out,thread it through the eye, and go on to the next pair. Keep on until the whole reed is threaded, one half of the pair on the top, one half of the pair through the bottom of the reed.
(4:05 on the video)
Now we’re going to tie the ends into groups, about an inch wide, and try to make them about the same length, (4:23 on video)


So, once you’ve tied all your knots, just wind it on, so that the knots are not too close to your back stick.

Then you take some string or yarn, double it over, and take the yarn and go over your back stick, and all we’re going to do is go through the middle of each group (4:57 on video), and around the back stick, and through the next group. So we’re just going around and around in a big circle. Go the same way through each group, each time. (5:16) You want the tension to be even across the groups, so you might need to adjust the ties a bit. When you get to the last tied group, you can just roll the bar around to tighten it if needed.

Now we wind some yarn around onto the shuttle.

Next, before you begin your actual weaving, you need to spread all the threads evenly. To do that, simply get some scrap yarn, double it over, (6:06 on video) and go through. Then you change sheds without beating, take the scrap yarn, and go through again, then don’t beat, and change sheds again, and you’ll take one more length, go through the yarns, then clip the end of the scrap yarn.


Now, you’re going to beat the scrap yarn, and you see that has spread the warp nice and evenly. It has gotten rid of all the gaps.


Now, you’re going to begin weaving. (6:53 on video) and it’s super simple.
When you take your shuttle through, you take it up by the reed, (7:00) that’s going to be the widest gap. Then you beat that yarn, change sheds, and put your shuttle through again, this time from the opposite side of where you began. Just roll the heddle down, beating the yarn into place. So, you weave with the heddle in one position from the LEFT, and then in the second position from the RIGHT.


Also, on the edges, if you just hold your outside warp thread,not pulling too tightly, when you beat the edge will look neater. (7:53 on video)

Hint, you might want to buy 2 threading hooks, I had to order a second one when I had misplaced the first one.  https://www.ashford.co.nz/warping-tools/product/reed-and-heddle-hook

The most important decision you will EVER make: Trust Jesus Christ today!

Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)

  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

What to pray:

Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.

Pom Flips!

My daughter wears flip flops all the time, and she LOVES the beach!  I decided to make her a fun pair of flip flops, using her favorite colors for the pom poms, and she likes the look.  This was very easy.  Just purchase a pair of flip flops from any shoe department, and then start making pompoms.  When you gather the pompom into a ball, make sure the yarn you’re using for the tie is long enough to tie securely around the straps and toe post.  For extra fun and flair, I added a couple of jingle bells to the pompoms.  Here are the tools I used, and the finished shoes:

Clover pom pom maker, jingle bells, scissors

I made 5 medium-sized pompoms for each flipflop,  in her favorite colors, tied them on the shoes,

and here they are!

If you look closely, you can see the little jingle bell there.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

Assembling my Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom

After shopping, browsing, reading, and watching videos about tabletop looms, I finally decided on getting an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, and I found a great deal on Etsy.  The sellers I found on Etsy are from Mielke’s Fiber Arts:

https://www.etsy.com/search?q=mielke%20fiber%20arts&ref=auto1&as_prefix=mielke%20f

I think they do just about everything fiber related!!  Weaving, yarn, roving, wool, felting, naalbinding, braiding, dyeing, spinning, knitting, lacemaking, hackles, heddles, rugmaking,  and more!

https://www.facebook.com/MielkesFiberArts/

Amy is soooo nice and friendly, and very helpful. THANKS SO MUCH AMY!

My Ashford Rigid Heddle 32 inch tabletop loom arrived yesterday, unassembled, and, when I pulled the parts out of the box, here’s how it looked Everything nicely wrapped and secure:  

Next,I laid all the pieces and parts out, and went through the checklist, making sure my dear husband would have all he needed.  I gathered a couple of tools from the tool drawer:  a hammer, and Phillips head screwdriver.

Everything on the checklist was there, and as you might have noticed,  one of my dogs was keeping me company.

SO!  I bought the Ashford Heddle Loom from Mielke’s Fiber Arts store in Wisconsin:  https://www.mielkesfiberarts.com/

Now for your visual tutorial. Here’s how hubby so graciously put it together, taking time off from his day off.  (You can use these photos to help you get your loom together, along with their instructions, if you’d like)

Here’s where you may download instructions:assembly instructions for rigid heddle loom – ashford handicrafts

 Step one:  attach the reed support blocks to the sides: Step two:  Tap the clicker pins into the holes on the right loom side:

Step three: Attach the “pawls” so the clicker pin fits into it:

Next, attach the front and back rails to the left side with the screws they provide:

Step 5, place the cogs onto the ends of the rollers, and secure with washers and screws provided:

Step six, slap the handles HARD, onto the holes in the cogs.  I mean it, you really have to hit that hard, to get it

to fit snugly onto the pegs:

Next, connect the warp sticks to the roller with the warp stick ties.  I did one of these, and it was difficult, until I covered my fingers with cloth, to be able to push the arrow head through the small holes in the ties and the roller.

Put the rigid heddle reed into the rest position of the reed support blocks, and play around with changing it’s positions: Down at Rest

Finally, assemble the warping peg and clamps: Clamps and the warping peg.

Of course, see if it clamps onto your table: Yup!  It does.  🙂

Now, read the booklet that they also include in the shipping box, which is titled:

Learn to Weave on the Rigid Heddle:

Then, go here and watch Ashford’s excellent tutorials.  If you need to get the video to slow down, remember to click the “settings” button on the video’s lower right-hand screen, and click 0.5, or 0.75.  It helps to see what she’s doing in slow motion, if you’re a COMPLETE BEGINNER like I am!!

www.ashford.co.nz   Go to their website and watch other tutorials if you need to, just look under tutorials.

Here is a great video by Ashford about how to weave.  I’ve watched it 2x already.

Happy Weaving!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it either inspired you to try weaving, or it helped you assemble YOUR rigid heddle loom.  Please let me know!

Don’t forget to say hi to Amy at Mielke’s Fiber Arts!

First Pom Pom Blanket

If you’re not born again, and not sure if you’re going to Heaven after you die, then please do what these verses in the Bible say:  [8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
[9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

The first pom pom blanket is finished.  I didn’t use enough yarn but I did that on purpose, so I’d understand how to make this.  I’m already getting things ready for the next blanket.  Here are photos of the front and back,

and a couple of old pictures of the loom. 

 

Thanks for dropping by!  Jesus loves you.

 

Pom Pom Blanket Crafting

Well, I’ve just about finished making my first pom pom blanket, and it has taken a lot of tying and cutting, but it’s turning out very cute.  My wonderful brother Chuck, founder and owner of GyreToys, Inc. http://www.gyretoys.com/

made the beautiful wooden loom with wood pegs, and I’ve really enjoyed working on it.  He’s a master woodworker, in my opinion, and he makes gorgeous projects.  He has a God-gifted talent to be able to look at an ugly old log or piece of discarded wood and “see” a bowl, or top, or anything in it.  I think he could be a sculptor of statues!  He says he looks at a piece of wood, and keeps chipping away until the object emerges.  Take a look at this amazing top:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KEg1ED7Qkk

Now, here are  photos of my pom pom blanket as it has progressed:

Top layer of yarn, then bottom layer of yarn, (got the sequence mixed up while uploading pix)  close-up of pegs on the loom, then the front of the blanket as I tied EACH cross-piece 4 times, and then the back of the blanket, still on the loom, as I checked to make sure every cross-piece had TWO ties on it.  If you don’t tie each section twice, the pompom won’t work out right.

The tying took me a while, and it was a good time for me to listen to audiobooks or sermons from some favorite internet pastors.

Today I’m cutting the pom pom strip areas, and I’ll post photos of the finished blanket when I’m finished.  If YOU want to learn to make one of these, go to You Tube and search for “how to make pom pom blankets”.

I’m also reading a fascinating book by Jane Kirkpatrick, called One Glorious Ambition!  It’s the story of Dorothea Dix, a teacher, nurse, and champion crusader and reformer for mental health facilities, and the humane treatment of the mentally ill.   Review later!!  Stay tuned!

 

A New Craft!

I’ve decided to learn how to make pom-pom blankets.  I’ve looked at several youtube videos, and it looks like a practical way to use up yarn and rest my knitting muscles and joints at the same time.  I like pom-poms, they’re fun to make and add to knitted hats.

I also have shelves and shelves of yarn, some of it several years old.

I went to Lowe’s today, and a very nice employee helped me find all the things I need to make the loom.  Furring strips, nails, and corner brackets.  That’s all!  That took about an hour, driving time included, and then I came home and fooled around with the wood and the brackets.  Then I prayed and asked God if He would persuade my husband to put the brackets on the corners, because that looked pretty hard.  So I asked hubby, and he agreed, and he’s taking all the wood and hardware to his work to put it together.  Praise JESUS!!  Thank You, GOD!

Since I’m not real good at describing the loom and the blankets, I’m putting photos in this blog to show you my latest craft goal.  Here ya go:

The loom up there is being strung with yarn.  Now, the finished product:

  Aren’t they cute?  Well, more later!  Right now I’m listening to “Unshackled”.  Ever heard of that radio drama?  From the website:

Real people…real life stories…stirring, dramatic accounts of hopelessness, and the hope that changes everything. UNSHACKLED! the award-winning radio drama from Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, grips the heart with compelling and relevant stories of transformed lives.

Here’s the link to listen: https://unshackled.org/listen/browse-all-programs/

Without Jesus Christ, we are all shackled by sin — by our wrong choices, disobedience, and selfish motives. But God is at work, and the power of Christ sets us free of our bondage. We are…UNSHACKLED!