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Pinwheels on the Rigid Heddle


Price includes 6 hours of class.

A Virtual Class with Deborah Jarchow

June 12, 5:00-7:00pm CDT
June 18, 5:00-7:00pm CDT
June 19, 2:00-4:00pm CDT

Deborah Jarchow is always looking for interesting fabrics to make with the rigid heddle, and she succeeded! Learn how this interesting pinwheel pattern is made with a simple striped warp, matching weft, and pick-up sticks.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.

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Pick-up sticks are a valuable tool for rigid heddle weavers. They give you options for more interesting woven fabric — not just plain weave in checks and stripes. You can manipulate your warp so the weft threads form different patterns and sequences, creating patterns that are usually reserved for 4- or multiple-harness looms.

The pinwheel can be a bit challenging at first; but once you understand the process, you will delight in the marvelous patterns you can create. Start off with one motif, and learn how to change the pattern for more variety within the fabric. Try a selvage treatment with lots of pizzaz.

Warping will be done in the first session, so there is no homework prior to class.

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Must have some experience with weaving on a rigid heddle loom.

Supply List
• Rigid heddle loom with at least 10″ weaving width
• 7.5 or 8 dent reed
• Sley/threading hook
• Clamps
• Warping peg
• Scissors
• 2 brown paper grocery bags
• Roll from inside a paper towel roll
• 2 shuttles (bobbins if boat shuttles)
• Tapestry needle
• Pick up stick that fits your loom
• 10 yards of waste yarn
• 250 yards each of 2 contrasting colors (think black and white) of worsted weight yarn that strong, not stretchy, at least 2 ply, and not hairy

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Great New Technique

Loved this class and learning a new technique. A couple of things that would make it better for me: I don’t appreciate warping during class - I’d rather warp on my own and not waste class time warping.
Second: f it’s going to be a sampler, no need to warp a scarf length of 90” - maybe a finished piece of 36” to 40”. If it’s going to be scarf length, then make it a symmetrical pattern so it can be used as a scarf.