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Using Pick Up Sticks on the Rigid Heddle Loom

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Using Pick up Sticks on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Do you long for more interest in the cloth you create? Are you tired of the same back and forth in your rigid heddle weaving? In this recorded web seminar you will learn to go beyond the basics and weave more than plain weave on your rigid heddle loom.

You will see how to create decorative designs and textures in the structure of your woven fabric by using pick up sticks to make additional sheds in your warp. Let Deborah show you techniques for lace patterns, inlay, honeycomb, waffle weave, and more. She will demonstrate how to make warp or weft threads float on the surface of your fabric. Then learn how to combine warp and weft floats for more complex structures. 

Deborah has been a weaver for over 20 years and loves sharing her knowledge to help others get started. Assisting knitters, crocheters, and other weavers in developing their weaving skills have been her passion for many years. Join Deborah in this recorded version of her seminar and take your rigid heddle weaving to the next level.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Create textures in your woven cloth
  • Discover the difference between warp and weft pick up
  • Find out what features to look for in a pick up stick
  • Explore how to combine different kinds of pick up techniques for unique patterns
  • Learn how various yarns make the same pattern look different
  • See how to finish your pick up patterns to make them pop

Who Should Watch:

  • Weavers who want to learn how to use pick up sticks
  • Weavers who want to create texture and patterns in the structure of their cloth
  • Weavers who want to weave cloth that looks very complicated
  • Weavers who want to explore more potential in their rigid heddle loom
  • Weavers that want to create lace-like cloth

About the Instructor:
Deborah Jarchow is a nationally shown fiber artist and weaving teacher. Her work with color, fiber, and texture led her to diverse projects from large-scale wall hangings to wearables, to liturgical commissions. Deborah travels the country as a popular weaving teacher at conferences such as Vogue Knitting Live, Convergence, and Stitches. She has maintained a studio at Studio Channel  Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA, for over 10 years.

Author/Designer: Deborah Jarchow