• On Demand

    This course is self-paced and is available immediately after you enroll.

  • Rigid-Heddle Friendly

    Great for rigid-heddle weavers; floor loom weavers may also enjoy exploring this technique.

  • Free Preview Available

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Create Dynamic Patterns with Simple Weaving

If you’re not familiar with the realm of possibilities in color-and-weave, get ready to expand your weaving horizons. Using just two colors on your rigid-heddle loom, you can create an amazing array of visual effects in your projects—no pick-up stick required. 

This course will cover: 

  • Choosing yarns for an effective contrast 
  • How to design and plan a color pattern
  • Special considerations for warping color-and-weave on a rigid-heddle
  • How to read a weaving pattern
  • Shuttle management
  • Tips for tidy selvedges and finishing
  • And ways to explore even more variations

Color-and-weave produces impressive designs on even the simplest weave structures, such as plain weave, making it perfect for the rigid-heddle loom. Though it may look complex, don’t let your eyes fool you. It’s the unique combination of alternating light and dark values that create these one-of-a-kind optical illusions, and it’s easier than you think.

Included in the Course: 

  • Detailed instructional videos, totaling 52 minutes of video 
  • Gamp scarf pattern with threading and treadling plan  

Materials and Equipment: 

  • Rigid-heddle loom with 15-dent heddle or 2 8-dent heddles and two shuttles 
  • Warping board or warping peg 
  • Sampler gamp pattern (included)
  • 5/2 pearl cotton yarn for your scarf project 

As you work through each lesson, you’ll gain the confidence to start weaving color-and-weave effects and put this new knowledge into practice. Get started weaving with Sara today!

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Sara C. Bixler

Sara C. Bixler is the owner and resident instructor of Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York, Pennsylvania. She has been teaching for nearly 10 years and prides herself on having a broad knowledge spectrum to share with her students. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in K-12 education—although she gives full credit for the depth of her knowledge to her apprenticeship with her father, Tom Knisely. You can find many examples of Sara’s work in issues of Handwoven and Little Looms and see her in person or in one of her many videos.

Praise for This Course

Thank you for the inspiration

“I enjoyed this course on weaving color and weave effects on the rigid heddle loom. I learned some excellent tips I will use immediately in my next project. Thank you for the clear explanation and the many resources added into the course.” - Sharon Geyer

Great Introductory Course for Color and Weave

“This course showed the possibilities which occur when using different arrangements of colors in the warp and the weft to create patterns when using plain weave. The information was clearly presented and included tips on how to experiment with color in your weaving. When I start designing my own weaves, I expect to refer back to this course.” - Constance Pallas

Color-and-Weave on the Rigid-Heddle Loom

“I have a floor loom but found the color-and-weave explanation enlightening. I also appreciated being able to follow all the extra links to info and other resources.” - Fran Wieloch

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    2. Meet Your Instructor

    3. Table of Contents

    4. Getting Started and Course Materials

    5. Technical Support

    1. Warping Considerations for the Rigid-Heddle Loom

    2. Additional Resources: Warping

    1. Weaving and Using a Pattern

    2. Additional Resources: Weaving

    3. Get a Closer Look - Green Sampler

    4. Get a Closer Look - Gamp Scarf

    5. Threading and Weaving Order Chart

    1. Finishing

    2. Additional Resources: Finishing

    1. Exploring Ideas and Variations

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 18 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content