Using two heddles

I have just begun( about two months worth of experience) to weave using a rigid heddle loom and am completely obsessed. I have played with the pick up stick creating float patterns and have even discovered how to translate drawn and pulled thread embroidery patterns into lace weaves. Now the ghost I am ready to tackle is using two heddles. So that is my challenge to myself. Before Oct 31 to actually try and warp both heddles andd weave a sampler. Its time to stop reading about it and do it. Wish me luck!


Posted on Mon, 09/12/2011 - 20:27

I'm sure you'll do fine.  Betty Davenport's book is good if you don't have that one, but there are other sources of info for two heddle weaving.  I believe Syne Mitchell wrote an article for WeaveZine so you could try searching that website.



Posted on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 05:39

Hi endorph

Welcome to Spook of the Loom!

...As you can already see, Weavolution is a great place to find help and inspiration with your weaving.

We're looking forward to hearing how you get on weaving with two heddles!


Posted on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 15:13

Thanks for the suggestions. I have both Betty Linn Davenport's book and Jane Patricks. I've also watched Jane Patrick's video on rigid heddle weaving. So come payday I am buying my second heddle and between classes am goign to take the two heddle plunge. But first i have to finish the dish towels I started in class yesterday. . .


Posted on Thu, 09/15/2011 - 13:24

Thanks Erica I'll have to check out the discussion. I finished my dish towles last night and I think I will take the plunge on two heddles this weekend -


Posted on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 02:54

started warping the two heddles tonight. Have the back heddle finished and started on the front one - will finish tomorrow evening and start weavingmy sampler. Yippee!


Posted on Sat, 09/17/2011 - 14:50

I'm so glad to see this topic. My Flip is coming in this week, and I'm looking forward to warping two heddles to give it a try. Will check out the info from the WAL group.
Endorph, good luck with your sampler! Can't wait to see it!

Posted on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 00:09

Woke up sick Firday morning so did not get anything done yesterday but I finished warping today and will start the sampler as soon as I get off here. Thank goodness for Jane Patrick's book - it is a life saver! MSbeckey - hope you like your Flip as much as I like mine. I am looking forward to many evening exploring the possibilities of rigid heddle and in about three weeks I take and intro to floor loom class - I am definitley hooked on weaving.


Posted on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 01:16

I am weaving with two heddles - am working out of the Patrick book to do a sampler - playing with different wefts - will take pictures to document and when I figure out how to post them here will do so - Thank you to everyone for their encouragement


Posted on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 01:05

So I have been weaving with the two heddles - playing with modified basket weave, plain weave, separate layers - one on top one on the bottom, then switching so the bottom is on top, ouble width, tube, slit in the middle - its been lots of fun - now to look at double weave but that will have to wait until after class on Saturday since I need to get the look cleared. When I figure out how I will post a picture or two.



Posted on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 14:37

So I am going to attempt to post photos of the sampler - the photography is not great but. . . ignore the wonky selvedges :)

Next week I will try double weave using Jane Patrick's book


Posted on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 16:50

I'm impressed that you created so many patterns using just two heddles...I really like the weaving in the top area of the top right hand photo, and the leno(?) detail in the photo above.

Which of the patterns are you most pleased with?(I'm just curious!)



Posted on Fri, 09/23/2011 - 20:13

I am just now discovering all you can do with the rigid heddle loom - much more than I expected. I like the modified basket weave and the simple twill is good too. I am in love with leno and its many variations so was excited to try it on the sampler with it floating on the top layer with the other color showing through. I think I will do another sampler and do larger swaths of the patterns I liked, maybe using a differnt yarn. For this one I used what I had at home and that was a size 5 cotton crochet thread. I used two 10 dent reeds. Jane Patrick's book is filled with great ideas!


Posted on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 01:17

I am really excited about this and so glad I gave it a try - my next sampler will be a little neater and polished - my goal is to make a sampler that I can actually use as a wall hanging. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement.


Posted on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 17:39

So I finished the scarf last night that we started in class Saturday. Learning balanced weave by doing a buffalo check, so tonight I will start warping the loom for my larger doubleweave sampler. I am planning on something about 10 inches wide and longer enough to allow 2-4 inches for each of the patterns I want to practice on. I am hoping to end up with a piece I can use as a wall hanging. Will post pictures as I progress.



Posted on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 00:19

dark geen and cream - that I wanted to used for my wall hanging but when I got home I decided I wanted to use hthe green for a holiday runner instead. So I am now waiting for the sage green cotton I ordered to use instead. In the meantime I have warped and started on a shawl that I need to get done before class on the 8th - that's a houndstooth class - then once that project is done I will warp and begin weaving the double weave wall-haning. Good thing I have all month.