Rigid Heddle,
and 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.

rigid heddle Loom classes

Beginner Rigid Heddle: A 2 Part Class - These two sessions of rigid heddle classes have filled. Click on the registration button and select session(s)  to add your name to the wait list for the September and/or December 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

Time: 9am-12pm

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  

Time: 3-5pm

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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.