Rigid Heddle, Inkle
Fall 2021 Class Registration is open.
What is A rigid Heddle Loom?
Rigid heddle looms are small, easy to store, and simple to set up. While the word "rigid" might suggest limited options, this loom style allows for versatile patterns and techniques.
What is an Inkle loom?
Inkle looms are small, easy to store and simple to set up. The bands woven on an inkle loom are versatile and incredibly useful. You can use them on their own as shoelaces, hat bands and straps or you can use them to trim other handwoven cloth. You can even sew bands together to create new items.
These class options are wonderful for those interested in beginning to understand weaving, or advancing students who would like a more portable loom option.
We are an authorized Schacht loom dealer, so you can rent or buy rigid heddle and inkle looms directly from the Weaving Center.
new! a 2 Part Design and Weave Table Loom Class!
rigid heddle Loom classes
Beginner Rigid Heddle: A 2 Part Class - The September class has filled. Click on the registration button to add your name to the wait list for the September class.
This class is your introduction into rigid heddle weaving. In the first class, students will learn how to dress a loom, and will be weaving by the time class ends. Between classes, rented looms can be taken home for a week of weaving practice and exploration.
The second class begins with cutting off your sample and learning finishing techniques. Participants will dress their looms a second time, learn to hemstitch, learn about appropriate yarns and sett, with tips and tricks included to get you excited about this new weaving journey!
Note: Schacht Cricket Looms will be provided for use. Various yarns will be provided for practice. Please bring a scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle.
Instructor: Sally Mullen
Location: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, 42 Woodland Street Hartford
Fee: $125 (includes a loom rental fee of $25 which can be applied towards the purchase of a rigid heddle loom if you choose)
Dates: Choose from our September session 9/18 and 9/25 or December session 12/4 and 12/11
New! Inkle Loom classes
Inkle Weaving: A 2 Part Class
Description: On an inkle loom you can create beautiful bands for camera or yoga straps, dog leashes, edging for fabric, the list goes on and on. This introductory class will explore all the steps needed to create these wonderful woven pieces. You’ll have the opportunity to choose designs and colors and then warp up your loom. We’ll discuss how to begin and end your piece, how to maintain an even beat, and practice more complicated pick-up designs.
Note: Schacht Inkle Looms will be provided for use. Various yarns will be provided for practice.
Instructor: Wendy Bestor
Location: 42 Woodland Street, Hartford
Fee: $105 (includes a loom rental fee of $25 which can be applied towards the purchase of an inkle loom if you choose)
Dates: October 7 and 14
New! A Design and Weave table loom class
Design and Weave: A 2 Part Class
Take those first steps in design by creating your own motif on an eight shaft table loom! In this 2 part class Jill will show you a straightforward method using blocks that translate onto cloth. We’ll discuss point threading and explore block profiles. Bring graph paper and pencils to work out your ideas. Table looms will be set up in the classroom so that you can weave your motif and experiment with designs to sample and share. Bench time is included from 9/30-10/6 during Weaving Center hours.
Instructor: Jill Staubitz
Prerequisites: Must have taken a beginner weaving class
Location: 42 Woodland Street, Hartford
Fee: $135 (includes a $10 materials fee)
Dates: September 29 and October 6
Time: 1:30-3 pm
Additional Registration Information as of July 2021
Everyone will need to follow our COVID protocols, which may include wearing masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing. If you are registered, additional information will be emailed to you prior to the start of the workshop.
Tuition will be refunded only if the class is canceled by the Weaving Center, or if there is a waiting list and your spot can be filled.
If you choose to pay by check, payment must be received prior to the start of class.