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

  • Fundamentals and Beyond

    Great for any skill level ready to take the next step in their rigid-heddle weaving.

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Explore Pattern and Texture on the Rigid-Heddle Loom

Go from plain weave to wow by learning how to incorporate the versatile pick-up stick into your rigid-heddle weaving. Gain the confidence to use this tool on its own or embrace the power of two pick-up sticks to create striking patterns of warp and weft floats.

You’ll learn all the fundamentals, including managing the pick-up stick, reading a draft, combining patterns, using two pick-up sticks, and setting up and using a heddle rod. Along with 114 minutes of video instruction, the included drafts make it easy to follow along and begin weaving your own designs using pick-up sticks.

In this course, you’ll:

  • Gain essential skills for using a pick-up stick
  • Become familiar with reading a pick-up stick draft
  • Discover new options using two pick-up sticks
  • Learn how to set up and use a heddle rod
  • Create amazing texture by combining patterns

Leap from plain weave to a new world of patterning and possibilities with the simple but powerful pick-up stick. Sara’s instruction is easy to follow, and you’ll find many helpful tips and tricks to help you build skills and confidence. Start learning today with this comprehensive course!

Included in the Course: 

  • 1 hour 54 minutes of detailed instructional video
  • Workbook with five pick-up stick drafts

Materials and Equipment for Weaving:

  • Rigid-heddle loom (warp threaded and ready to tie on)
  • 10-dent heddle
  • Stick shuttles
  • At least two contrasting colors of sport weight wool (shown: Nature Spun sport weight by Brown Sheep Company)
  • 2 pick-up sticks
  • 2 rubber bands
  • ½” or ¾” wooden dowel 12” in length (or length that is wider than your heddle)
  • Extra heddle for making string heddles
  • Strong cotton for making string heddles
  • Masking tape or painters’ tape
  • Optional: Narrow strip of poster board to use while inserting the pick-up stick

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Sara Goldenberg White

Sara Goldenberg White has been teaching weaving for over a decade. Her passion for both began while studying Fiber Arts at Colorado State University, where she received an MFA. Sara co-authored Simple Woven Garments: 20+ Projects to Weave and Wear with Jane Patrick. Some of her other woven projects can be found in The Weaver’s Idea Book, Woven Scarves: 26 Inspired Ideas for the Rigid Heddle Loom, Easy Weaving with Little Looms, and Handwoven magazine. In addition to teaching a variety of fiber techniques, Sara has also exhibited her work at museums and galleries throughout the country. She enjoys the balance of creating her own work and sharing her love of weaving in the classroom; she looks forward to seeing you there!


Clear, complete, and concise

“This was so straightforward and clearly presented, I feel completely comfortable with using pick up sticks after watching this! I also understand how warp and weft floats are made and how to add plain weave borders. Wow. Huge learning in a short time. Well worth it. ” - Karen Mielke

Fabulous Course!

“I learned so much from this course. Not just about pick up sticks, also an excellent way to tie on. My tension is great and my selvedges are the best they’ve ever been.” - Linda Clemow

Inspiring and so well done.

“I had been wanting to expand my weaving with pick-up sticks and Sara's course was just what I needed. So nicely done, easy to follow, and offers me many new patterns with which to work. I really like all the little extra bits of information, and the review of properly warping the loom. This is an excellent course that I would highly recommend to any rigid heddle weaver. Also nice to have the printouts that are included. Really enjoyed Sara as an instructor and am inspired to try these new ideas. ” - Virginia Rifkin

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    2. Meet Your Instructor

    3. Table of Contents

    4. Getting Started and Course Workbook

    5. Technical Support

    1. Setting Up the Loom

    2. Key Points

    1. How to Read a Draft

    2. Key Points

    1. Weaving Weft Floats with One Pick-Up Stick

    2. Key Points & Draft

    1. Weaving Warp Floats with One Pick-Up Stick

    2. Key Points & Draft

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 23 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content