ABOUT THE COURSE

The rigid-heddle loom is the perfect balance of simplicity and functionality. In this course, you will learn what makes a rigid-heddle loom tick, how to select yarns, read a weaving pattern, set up the loom, weave with confidence, and finish strong. Included are plenty of troubleshooting tips and sound advice from road-tested weaving instructor, Liz Gipson. If you have been yearning to weave, but were not sure where to begin, start here!

Skill Level

Rank Beginner

Tools and Supplies

Rigid-heddle loom with at least a 9" weaving width; 8-dent rigid heddle; 2 shuttles, large-eyed tapestry needle, small pair of sharp scissors, kraft or similar paper cut into pieces about 9" x  24"

Yarn: 107 yd of DK-weight yarn, measuring approximately 14 wraps-per-inch or 1,252 yd/lb and 80 yd of worsted-weight yarn, measuring approxamately 12 wraps-per-inch or 800 yd/lb. A kit is available at www,yarnworker.com/shop/weaving-101-cowl-kit 

About the instructor

Liz Gipson

Yarn is a big part of who I am—growing it, spinning it, and then making it do tricks, particularly the over/under kind (i.e. weaving). Passing this love on to newcomers is what makes my heart happy. I spend my days weaving, writing about weaving, teaching others to weave, and enjoying this thing called life.I host Yarnworker, a site for rigid-heddle know-how and inspirations. I dream-up, films, edit, and hosts the courses myself from my home in central, New Mexico. To learn more about me and the Yarnworker community, visit yarnworker.com

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Get Ready

  • 2

    Get Warped

    • Set Up

    • Centering Your Project

    • Measuring Your Warp

    • Packing The Warp Beam

    • Threading The Holes

    • Tying On

    • BONUS! Troubleshooting

    • Warping Checklist

  • 3

    Get Weaving

    • Winding a Shuttle

    • Weaving A Header

    • Finding Your Beat

    • Packing The Cloth Beam

    • Adding More Weft

    • Measuring Cloth

    • Fixing A Broken Warp Thread

    • Tension Issues Solved

  • 4

    Finishing Strong

    • Removing the Cloth from the Loom

    • Fixing Flaws

    • Knotting Fringe

    • Piecing the Cowl

    • Running Stitch

    • Washing

    • Drying

    • Trimming Frings

    • Next Steps

    • Share Your Projects!

    • Resources

What others have been saying about this course:

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The Basics Review

Nancy Bloomfield

Great course, I've learned so much as a beginner, I can't begin to tell you how many tips I picked up along the way. It's great to be able to go back and re...

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Great course, I've learned so much as a beginner, I can't begin to tell you how many tips I picked up along the way. It's great to be able to go back and review as often as necessary. I'm ready to start the next course! Thanks for showing me the way!

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GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!

Barbara Paul

This course was even better than I expected, I was trying to teach myself from online info and some free video tutorials and I was floundering. There are so ...

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This course was even better than I expected, I was trying to teach myself from online info and some free video tutorials and I was floundering. There are so many opportunities for fatal errors in weaving and each one can cause a pile of yarn in the trash......and believe me I know first hand! Not only does Liz cover all of these in her very detailed instructions, but she gives fixes for them. The course has saved me a lot of time (and yarn). I made a great success of the project she picked and have started a second one. Worth every penny! Thanks Liz

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title reflects content accurately

Lynn Horng

The intro was very thorough. I took the "Warping Party" class at MD Sheep and Wool Festival, and this course leaves out nothing that was in the class. Ever...

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The intro was very thorough. I took the "Warping Party" class at MD Sheep and Wool Festival, and this course leaves out nothing that was in the class. Every class member took home a successfully warped loom, and I think I could have done the same with this course, had I not been able to attend the festival. Liz's pace and clear speaking in the videos are just perfect. Five stars!

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