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Traditional Warping Method for Rigid Heddle Loom


Price includes 6 hours of class.

With Yoriko Oki

Nov 6, 2:00-4:00pm CDT,
Nov 7, 2:00-4:00pm CST, and
Nov 13, 2:00-4:00pm CST

Learn how to warp your rigid heddle loom with the traditional method, which is more versatile than the direct warping method.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Many rigid-heddle weavers learn the direct warping method first. It is a great way to get started, but it does have some limitations. Join Yuriko and learn how to warp your rigid-heddle loom using the traditional, indirect warping method, aka front to back.

Here are some of the benefits of the traditional method of warping your rigid heddle loom:
– If you have mobility issues, this method, combined with a warping board, is much easier on your body. (You can warp your loom without walking back and forth or even standing up at all!)
– This method expands your creativity. You can create any warp you want.
– It doesn’t require a large space to warp your loom.
– You can create and wind on a very long warp — warp once and weave 3 or 4 scarves!

You don’t need a warping board for the class, although if you have one, please have it ready! If you don’t have one, and aren’t ready to invest in one yet, Yoriko will show you how to make one — without spending a fortune.

Note: Previous weaving experience is helpful, but not required.

Supply List
• Rigid heddle loom – any size, any make. Yoriko recommends looms with heddle blocks and rachet brake, such as any of the current models of Schacht, Ashford, or Kromski.
• Reed – 7.5 or 8 dpi
• Warping equipment (warping board or warping pegs. Please see above.)
• Sley hook
• Paper towel core (the rigid cardboard tube in the center) or rigid corrugated cardboard
• Warp separators (paper with thickness/firmness of wallpaper). Width should be at least 2” wider than your desired weaving width, but make sure it fits within the loom frame. The total length of warp separators should be at least the length of your warp.
• Shuttle(s) (stick shuttle(s), or boat shuttle and bobbin(s)) – optional but recommended.
• Tapestry needle, scissors, tape measure, painter’s tape, pen and paper
• Yarn: 200–300 grams (7–11 oz) total of worsted-weight yarn for warp and weft. You will probably use about 200 grams.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Carol B.

Wonderful teacher, great class, loved it. Yoriko is smart, organized, inspiring and fun. Very good demonstrations and camera work for Zoom class. I now enjoy warping as much as weaving. Thank you.

Sandra D.
Excellent class!

Direct warping my rigid heddle looms just hasn't worked out especially well with the space and configurations I have available. Using the warping board for the warping task makes so much more sense for me, and Yoriko's techniques and tips for getting from yarn to finished cloth made this process so much more accessible. She's knowledgeable, patient, supportive, and and fun. With her guidance, warping my loom wasn't a daunting task. I got lots of useful tips, had fun, and can't wait to use my rigid heddle looms more.

Great Class

The task of warping my rigid heddle loom was actually fun! Yoriko was very sensitive to the stress warping can cause and assured all of us that what we were feeling was natural and we would achieve our goal. Which I did and came out with a beautiful scarf. Loved the class and am looking forward to taking more weaving classes from Yoriko!

Elena M.
Fun class and very useful

Yoriko-san is a great teacher. This method of warping has a lot of advantages and I enjoyed this class very much!