I wasn’t aware that checkerboard meant only 2 colors. I thought it was also used to describe a design/layout (as in definition #2 of the word at dictionary.com). If checkerboard is not the correct name for that draft, let me know and I’ll try to think of something else to call it.
If you don’t want to use string heddles, I’m thinking you could use pick up sticks to weave blocks of floats and throw in some tabby with a thinner thread to hold it all together, just like what is done with overshot.
Hope we get to see a picture of it at the group page on Facebook! ;D
Rigid heddle patterns are usually done with color combinations or pick up sticks or double weaving. Try those search terms. You can always check out my Designs section where I have a few things like waffle weave and pile loop instructions as well.
@Virginia You could do it with a reed, a set of string heddles on a rod and then 2 pick up sticks. The idea for double weaving is that you need to make 4 different sheds. Here’s the direct link to the double weave article http://rigidheddleweaving.com/articles/how-to-double-weave
If you need to find anything else, please use the search boxes located either to the lower left or the upper right. If you still can’t find something here, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to help you find what you need/want to know.
Check out my articles about how to use a pick up stick and how to read a weaving draft.
Please don’t overwhelm yourself. There’s a lot to learn in weaving. Learn the basics first (plain weave achieving effects with color as in the article above) and get good at that first. Then move on to pick up sticks and then multiple shaft weaving (which is what you’re asking about).
I strongly recommend you go to my Amazon store and get a copy of Betty Linn Davenports Books or anything by Jane Patrick.
You don’t need a floor loom to do mutli-shaft weaving. Anything that holds warps under tension is a loom. You can achieve sheds in many different ways. You can certainly do 3 shaft weaving on the RH using string heddles on a rod (see my videos and check out Laverne Waddington—-master backstrap weaver). You can apply concepts from one loom to any other loom, since, remember, anything that holds warps under tension is a loom. ;)
Also, please join us on Facebook! We have a group there with currently 278 members ready to help you (see the big blue F button with the little people icon at the upper left of the page). There is also ravelry.com and weavolution.com, both excellent fiber arts pages with tons of helpful people.
For doing the lace which requires pick up, you would need a lesson on pick up control, which you can find on this web site if you search for the term in the search box upper right.
What helps me is to think of it in terms that whatever thread I want lifted, I have to put the stick under it.
I think I will do something less complicated. As far as Facebook is concerned…I don’t really like those sites much. Too gosippy for me. I spend way too much time on line of late anyway. I watch my husband on his hand held AND on his laptop!! I just don’t want to get like that. Thanks for the invite. You have taught me a lot that the lessons I payed to attend did not.
Alrighty. I have found that the Facebook groups are the most non-gossipy things out there. People stay on topic and help each other and I’ve learned so much and have been so inspired by the people there that it’s amazing.
What I can try to do is add instructions for a kind of huck lace on the pick up stick page. Please view the video (I think it’s the second one on the page) that shows pick up control. That’s the main part you’ll need to know. After that it’s just a matter of the sequence of where the stick goes and if the heddle is up or down.
YW and TY Barb. I really wish you could join us on the Facebook group. Really, it’s not gossipy at all and we share and learn so much from each other. I would love to see pictures of what you’ve done and you can easily share them there. ;)
Thanks for all your great info. I now live in Ecuador and have started to learn how to weave on the rigid heddle in a local yarn shop. I will be joining your FB group and passing on your info to the other ladies in our weaving workshop.
If you don’t know how to read a draft, I have an article here which may help: http://rigidheddleweaving.com/articles/how-to-read-a-weaving-draft-in-plain-english
Floor and table looms have shafts and each shaft has heddles that you can move around. If a person threads that loom with a heddle on shaft one, threads a heddle on shaft 2 and then has a thread go through the loom without a heddle (goes between the heddles), that thread can be treated as if it was on a third shaft.
This same idea may be used on my 4 shaft floor loom so that I can get “5 shafts” out of it. See also: http://rigidheddleweaving.com/articles/how-to-warp-a-floor-loom-front-to-back to see how the heddles are threaded.
It’s also how the rigid heddle works. Technically, you have only one shaft. The holes in your RH are the heddles. Threads that pass between the heddles are the “slots”. That’s how you get the second shaft for the 2 sheds created by an RH. Threads that don’t go through a heddle are always in neutral position…they never move.
After successfully getting the granny shrug to work (just need to wash it) I want to get back to trying to get stripes to work on my RH. I’ve seen stripey scarves all over at the craft fairs, but they’ve all been done using at least 4 shaft looms. They weren’t sure how to do it on a RH, do you have any ideas? I’m getting fairly good using pick up sticks with my two reeds now, and I’m thinking that’s what I’ll need to do. I want the stripes to go the length of the scarf, so I know I need to warp the stripes. My earlier attempts didn’t show the stripe though, and I’m not sure why. Please help if you can.