Some people say that you progress to a shaft loom, however even though I have woven on and added many types of loom to my collection (from backstrap to individual digital thread control), I still continue to use my rigid heddle. Perhaps this is because of it’s speed of warping, low loom waste and versatility, or perhaps the charm of discovering that what is woven on a particular style of loom is, to a large extent, governed by the weaver’s own imagination and willingness to experiment. I am constantly fascinated by what weavers around the world produce using very humble tools, but with great expertise. I love to push the boundaries and am always thrilled when someone cannot easily determine which type of loom I used to produce a particular piece of cloth!
For me, woven structure added to yarn style, fibre content and colour interaction of warp and weft means that weaving will always have horizons waiting to be explored. During this coming summer school I hope to help you to discover some creative new skills to expand your rigid heddle weaving frontiers.
Either course can be taken as stand-alone course or you could 'bolt them together' and spend the whole week exploring more of your rigid heddle loom’s potential.