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Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving [Paperback]

Betty Linn Davenport
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Jan. 23 2003 Hands on S
With instructions for how to make wonderful projects and plain-weave variations, this user-friendly guide covers choosing, setting up, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Both beginners and experienced weavers will value its thriftiness and versatility.

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Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving + The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom + Weaving Made Easy
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare find, a book on ridge hettle weaving.. Nov. 30 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I looked for a long time to find a book strictly on rigid hettle weaving, looking even at the weaving shop where I learned to weave. I was starting to believe that no one had written a book on this piece of equipment I had bought. I found her book very good for beginning weavers such as myself. It goes through putting the warp on the hettle to having small projects to take you through creating woven pieces.When you don't have a teacher available, or need a refresher, this is a very good book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners Oct. 16 2002
By C. Lee
Format:Paperback
Being mostly a self taught weaver, when I put out the money for a really nice rigid heddle loom, I bought this book. It took me through all the basics with ease. I've made several of the projects with wonderful results (the shawl is especially nice). This book will continue to be a valuable resource for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real life-saver July 4 2005
By Meredith Mizell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although I was primarily a knitter, the weaving bug recently bit me, and hard. The only weaving I'd ever done was Jersey loop potholders and more recently, rugs made on a homemade loom out of cut-up t-shirts, so I had no idea where to start when it came to looms and so on. I'm fortunate enough to have an excellent fiber store within driving distance, so I headed there to purchase my 32" Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom and this book, and proceeded to teach myself to weave with the help of this text.

The instructions on warping and dressing the loom have so far been of the most help to me - they are clear, concise, and easily applicable to the Kromski Harp. I'm still a rank beginner, but I definitely have my eye on the beautiful placemats for a future project, and the extras, like how to calculate warp and weft and information on finishing and making neater selvedges are priceless. It's a great book to have on hand for both the actual process of weaving and the inevitable dreaming about future adventures, and a valuable resource for anyone interested in weaving on a rigid heddle loom.
98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners Oct. 16 2002
By C. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Being mostly a self taught weaver, when I put out the money for a really nice rigid heddle loom, I bought this book. It took me through all the basics with ease. I've made several of the projects with wonderful results (the shawl is especially nice). This book will continue to be a valuable resource for me.
90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rare find, a book on ridge hettle weaving.. Nov. 30 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I looked for a long time to find a book strictly on rigid hettle weaving, looking even at the weaving shop where I learned to weave. I was starting to believe that no one had written a book on this piece of equipment I had bought. I found her book very good for beginning weavers such as myself. It goes through putting the warp on the hettle to having small projects to take you through creating woven pieces.When you don't have a teacher available, or need a refresher, this is a very good book.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book There Is Jan. 15 2007
By fiber farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When it comes to rigid heddle weaving, this is the only reference there is, unless you want to turn to a video. The author is complete and communicates clearly through the text. The illustrations are a bit confusing until you actually go through the steps and then it all becomes clear. The color photographs are beautiful. I've had only this book to teach me to use my loom and it's been more than enough. I would like to see more books on rigid heddle weaving, but I suppose it's not in fashion, so we'll all have to wait until it becomes popular.

The projects in the book go through a logical progression from simple to difficult and the results are lovely. Each and every project turns out just as the pictures show if you follow the directions. My selvage edges are certainly not as even as the author's but that's a matter of practice and experience. I've been waiting for three years for Ms. Davenport to come out with a second volume, but so far, it looks like this is going to be it.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the place to start Jan. 4 2012
By KS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
IMHO, three books will get you started and take you a very long way.
1) Debbie Chandler's Learning to Weave
2) Jane Patrick's The Weaver's Idea Book
3) Betty Davenport's Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving.
Nothing is "instant" about weaving--except maybe potholder looms (still fun)--but these authors combine to make learning smoother and easier.
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