Dust  off your RH and join us on 2nd and 4th Mondays, 12:00 – 4:00pm at the Desert Fiber Arts Studio.

February 12th and 26th

RHSG is expanding into areas of interest and accomplishments, visiting some new (to us) textures and revisiting techniques that have been explored 30+ years ago.

I am referring to Textures and Patterns and Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving by our very own Betty Davenport. Both books introduced creative and easy  application of use with pickup stick as well as the concept of two or more heddles.  New weavers are intrigued and experienced weavers are finding new applications for their projects. Both of these books are referred to at every meeting as well as are in nearly everyone’s personal library.

Similar concepts were also espoused by David Xenakis and appear in extensive and complex detail in his magazine publication, Prairie Wool  Companion (no longer in print) as well as his booklet The Xenakis Techinque which delves into the use of 2, 3, and 4 heddles for summer and winter, overshot, double weave, Finn weave and Krokbrod with a master threading and multiple tieups.

Currently, Jane Patrick, Liz Gipson and Syne Mitchell have published invaluable books and videos for the rigid heddle community: The Idea Book, 2010, by Patrick as well as Weaving Made Easy (revised edition,  2014) and Handwoven Home by Gipson. More recently on the scene is a wonderful book by Syne Mitchell, Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom. Shaft weavers, don’t despair! The threading and treadling are given for the projects.  From plain weave to log cabin, from pickup sticks for Honeycomb, Bronson, Huck, and Waffle weave to multiple heddle and overshot, this study group’s mission is to ‘boldly explore new textures, to seek out patterns with 2 or 3 heddles and go into areas and techniques few have gone before’. (Paraphrased from Star Trek Motto)