Beginner rigid heddle

Hello everyone,

My daughter and I have started weaving. I have been weaving for about a year on a 4 shaft loom and she has started recently on a Harrisville Easy Weaver loom that I found at the thrift store. This comes with an 8-dent reed with about a 7.25" weaving width. She recently decided to make up her own plaid and warped up her loom with her plaid pattern using a light green and heathered purple. She used fingering weight Pallette yarn from Knit Picks, which is a wool and is using that as her weft as well. But as she started weaving it turned out as a regular striped pattern, the plaid did not come through. Thinking that the reed was the problem I had her rewarp with two strings per dent but still it is not coming through as a plaid.  As I said, I am a new weaver and for the life of me I cannot figure out what we did wrong. I thought it was an easy project for her but it has turned frustrating. I realize that I am not grasping something here that I'm sure I should already know.

Can any of you shed some light on what we should have done?  Thanks so much! 

Comments

Posted on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 15:15

perhaps post photos of the project? That might make it easier for us to analyze what is happening.

Tina

Posted on Mon, 02/26/2018 - 20:46

Sure!  Of course, she cut it off and is trying something else now but here is a photo of the cut piece. I'm assuming it has to do with the fact that we are using an 8-dent reed with fingering weight. I should have had her use worsted and then it might have worked out.

Posted on Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:48

with the 8 dent reed a heavier yarn you have helped to give better definition. She might try doing a sample off the loom - wrap a short length of the warp yarn in her pattern around a piece of cardboard and then needle weave the wefy through to see of the plaid is showing up. Good luck

Tina

Posted on Wed, 02/28/2018 - 15:06

with the quite wide sett of  8 epi, you have  made  a weft faced fabric.  You need a closer sett.  Try  wrapping the yarn around a ruler for 1 inch to get ends/inch and divide by 2 for sett.

Posted on Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:50

I agree. Fingering weight should be between 24 and 30 wraps per inch. Which you would set at 12-15 epi for plain weave. If you have a 12 epi reed, you can use that with the finger weight yarn. If you only have the 8 epi reed you should use worsted or DK weight yarn. My son is weaving a plaid on his rigid heddle loom right now too! His is purple and blue. :)

I look forward to hearing more about your weaving and your daughter's weaving!

Posted on Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:11

I am a rigid heddle weaver and also have a floor loom.  It may be time for some classes that can be taken on line.

Liz Gipson hosts an online school for rigid heddle weavers of ANY level.  https://yarnworker.com/school/

You won't regret it!

bjr