As much as I love digital art and working on the computer there is a need to make contact with handmaking.

I’ve wanted a weaving loom for many years but only recently treated myself to a rigid heddle loom.

Ashford have produced a complete rigid heddle weaving kit that comes with enough materials to make a scarf. and so I bought one from Wingham woolworks.

Complete weaving Kit – FibreHut Limited

I’ve actually been looking at the Ashford heddle looms for quite some time but kept umming and ahhing about loom size and things. This kit comes with the 16″ sample it loom, which wouldn’t have been on my list of possible looms simple because the name ‘sample’ doesn’t give me the impression its for more than tiny projects.

In reality though, this loom is probably the perfect loom for people who want to make scarves of a variety of wools. It comes with a double heddle ability which I think is an added extra on other looms and uses the heddles of the 16″ rigid heddle loom.

My first scarf was just a practice with some scraps of sock wool, it turned out quite well I think, it’s a bit like a Dennis the Menace jumper.

Then I made the houndstooth scarf that comes with the kit. There was more than enough wool with 2 x 100g balls of DK wool and I actually finished the scarf in one evening.

Both scarves have been hand washed and are hanging to dry.

You might see in the photos that I use a shuttle to weave, well, since buying the kit I’ve also bought the shuttles which make the weaving more enjoyable. I’m hoping that some of my large wool stash can soon be put to good use through this new hobby.

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

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