Rigid Heddle Weaving Classes


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.

This class is wonderful for those interested in beginning to understand weaving, or advancing students who would like a more portable loom option.

The Weaving Center offers beginner and techniques classes throughout the year. After taking the beginner class, we recommend exploring one or more of the techniques classes. Each techniques session explores a different pattern and topic, so there is always something new to learn!

We are an authorized Schacht loom dealer, so you can rent or buy rigid heddle looms directly from the Weaving Center.

Beginner Rigid Heddle: A 2 part class with Jill Staubitz

This in-person class is designed as an introduction into rigid heddle weaving. In Week One, participants learn how to dress a loom, and will be weaving by the time class ends. Rented looms can be taken home for a week of weaving practice and exploration. 

      Week Two begins with cutting off your sample and reviewing finishing techniques. Participants will dress their looms a second time, learn to hemstitch, continue to weave, learn about appropriate yarns and sett, with tips and tricks included to get you excited about this new weaving journey!


Note: Looms will be provided for use. Please do not bring your own loom. Various yarns will be provided for practice. Please bring a scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle.


Date: Saturday July 17 and July 24 , 2021

Time: 9am-1pm each day
Location: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, 42 Woodland Street, Hartford

Fee: $160 (includes a loom rental fee of $25 which can be applied towards the purchase of a rigid heddle loom if you choose)

Once registered, you will be contacted with information on how to prepare for class

Please note: 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. COVID protocols of mask wearing and social distancing will be in place.

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Due to COVID-19 this class will not be offered Spring 2021

April Vacation Youth Workshop: a Rigid Heddle Wall-Hanging workshop for children ages 10 and Up

Textured, chunky wall-hangings are all the rage! Join instructor Sally Mullen for this 2-day workshop and create your own trendy wall-hanging on the Rigid Heddle Loom. Learn to dress this simple loom, try out a variety of tapestry techniques, and go home with a fabulous work of art for your wall. 


Space is very limited. If you don't get a spot right away, please sign your child up for the waitlist as sometimes spaces become available.


Please note: 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.