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The Magic of String Heddles (Weaving)

The Magic of String Heddles to Weave Spot Lace

A rigid heddle loom can be extended to make other patterns by using pickup sticks. But sometimes using pickup sticks can get tedious. Or the pattern won’t work with two pickup sticks.  String heddles to the rescue!
In this 4 hour class we’ll teach you how to make string heddles and set up two heddle rods to weave a lace-like pattern like the baby blanket in the picture. By the end of the class you will have a sample of this lace weave and an understanding of the versatility and ease of string heddles versus pickup sticks. 
If you have a loom we encourage you to use it.  Using your own loom means you can warp for a longer piece and continue at home. If you don’t have your own loom, Ashford rigid heddle looms are available for use in store during the class for a $30 fee. (These looms cannot be taken home unless you purchase them). In either case the loom will need to be warped before the class starts. See below for more information about warping. If you need us to warp the loom we will for a $30 charge. We need to have the loom and the yarn at least 2 days before the class.

Maximum number of students: 6
Minimum number: 3
Experience: Must be able to warp your loom following the instructions provided.

Homework: YES - Warp your loom using smooth yarn based on the Warping Directions given below. Tie onto the front and weave a 1” header with scrap yarn.


Warp your loom with 79 ends at least 1.5 yards long. Tie on the front, and weave a 1 inch header with scrap yarn. A 1.5 yard warp will be long enough for a nice sized sample and enough to learn the technique. If you’d like to make a longer warp for a scarf, runner, etc to finish at home, you’ll need to adjust the amount of yarn you’ll need.

Skill Level: intermediate
Skill Details: Able to weave balanced plain weave. If you are using your own loom you need to be able to warp it with even tension following the Warping Instructions provided.
Materials Included: String and dowels necessary to make two heddle rods for a 16
Requirements: Loom: Rigid heddle loom with at least a 12 inch weaving width and an appropriate sized heddle for the yarn you?re using; 7.5 dent for worsted, 10 dent for sport/dk, 12.5 for fingering. Yarn: Any size yarn will work fine, as long as it is smooth. For this sample, to learn the technique avoid very textured or fuzzy yarns. 300 yards total is plenty for a 1.5 yard warp which will give you a good sized sample. The sample blanket in the store was done with Zauberballe Starke 6 on a 10 dent reed. You may use a different color for the warp and width or a variegated yarn if you wish. Bring a notebook, pencil/pen and any glasses needed for close work. Standard supplies: Yarn needle, scissors, tape measure
Instructor: Christine Halverson or Tara Grosbach

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.


1702-H Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

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