Plain Weave That's Not So Plain

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You can achieve a lot with color and texture on your rigid heddle loom. Here are a few examples of what you do with just colors. It's important that you weave a plain balanced weave. Plain weave is over and under of every warp thread. Balanced weave is when both the warp and weft threads are visible in equal amounts!


Warp 2 dark, 2 light. Weave: Tromp as writ (weft same as warp), plain balanced weave. Similar to the 2/2 twill color/weave effect seen in houndstooth. This is a smaller version of that and is sometimes called "Puppy Tooth". Very easy to weave and has a lot of impact.

Pinwheel aka Puppy Tooth Draft


4 light, 4 dark, tromp as writ, plain balanced weave. Something we're all familiar with, often seen in red and white picnic table cloths and is considered a plaid.

2 Shaft Weaving Draft: Checkered

Log Cabin:

Repeating alternating blocks of  [Light-Dark-Light-Dark] and then [Dark-Light-Dark-Light] (LDLD - DLDL), tromp as writ, plain balanced weave.  This is a "shadow weave" and it will really wow your friends!

Log Cabin 2 Shaft Weaving Draft



  1. Sophie

    Thank you for posting this – it’s a great page and wonderful instructions!

  2. Joyce (Author)

    Thank you! Comments like yours is what keeps me going. Glad to be helping others!


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