The Weaver’s Idea Book, Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom by Jane Patrick and published by Interweave Press is a comprehensive book for all rigid heddle loom owners, those new to weaving or wishing to progress their design skills.
One of the most common comments about the rigid heddle loom is that it only creates plain weave fabrics and is just for beginners, but nothing could be further form the truth. With a little knowhow, it is possible to create some unique fabric.
Each chapter covers various aspects of weaving on a rigid heddle loom and at the end of each chapter
are a few projects to enable you to try your hand at each technique.
The first chapter concentrates on designing with plain weave, weaving with handspun and using colour and texture.
Chapters two and three focus on finger controlled weaves such as Loop Pile and Spanish Lace and how to create designs using pick-up.
In chapter four, this book looks at weft and warp faced fabrics and how to use these to create stunning designs and textures.
Some rigid heddle looms offer the ability to add a second heddle and chapter five looks at the techniques; how to warp and weave with two heddles including weaving and double weaving.
The Weaver’s Idea Book, Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom is very explanatory book is clearly laid out with clear illustrations.