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Rigid Heddle Weaving Looms

Weaving with Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom in Australia

Rigid heddle looms are generally the first type of loom met by textile artists in the modern market. These 'frames', which come in a variety of forms and sizes, are great for learning the skill of alternative knitting and weaving at home or on the go. 

Are you passionate about weaving and eager to explore the world of textile arts? Rigid heddle weaving is a versatile and accessible craft that allows you to create stunning fabrics with ease!

Understanding the Rigid Heddle Loom

Commonly considered an entry-level option, the rigid frames and heddles of these tools are perfect for getting the hang of weaving. It consists of a wooden frame with a heddle (a device used to separate the warp threads) that is fixed in place, as opposed to a multi-shaft loom where the heddles are movable. This simplicity makes rigid heddle weaving a great choice for those new to weaving.

Depending on the size, you can create on your lap, against a table, or for bigger sizes, on a weaving stand. It’s worth considering what and where you'll be diving into this artform before securing your pick of the bunch, as space is always a concern.

Is an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom the Best Choice for You?

Ashford is a renowned brand in the world of weaving, and their Rigid Heddle Loom is a favorite among weavers for good reason. Weaver’s guilds are alive and well in Australia and a majority still hold Ashford designs high on their list of essentials.

These famous options have earned a reputation as excellent tools of the trade. Thoughtfully manufactured with use in mind,Ashford Rigid Heddle Looms come equipped with everything you need to get set and start warping and wefting.

Here are the top reasons why Ashford Rigid Heddle Looms are the best in the market:

  • Superior Craftsmanship: The Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom is made with high-quality materials, ensuring durability and longevity. It's designed to withstand the rigours of weaving, making it an investment that will last for years.
  • Versatility: The rigid heddle looms from Ashford are available in various weaving widths, allowing you to choose the one that suits your weaving projects best. Whether you want to create woven scarves, table runners, or larger textiles, there's always an Ashford rigid heddle loom that would suit your project requirements.
  • Ease of Use: The Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom is perfect for beginners due to its straightforward design. You'll quickly master the basics of weaving and build your skills with ease.
  • Portability: Ashford's range of rigid heddle weaving looms is lightweight and portable, making it convenient for Australian weavers who may want to take their weaving on the go or to a workshop.
  • Additional Accessories: Ashford offers a range of accessories and add-ons for their rigid heddle looms, such as loom stands, weaving shuttles, and additional reeds, allowing you to customize your setup as your weaving skills evolve.

We stock a complete range of these designs through our website, of which span traditional models, as well as knitting. The latter enables a specific style of knitting to be carried out with the help of this type of frame, which is often easier for those who find the traditional technique difficult.

The beauty of Ashford Knitters Looms is that they often fold down for traveling. Compared with the largest of our options, this is a welcome option for getaways, road trips, or weaving sessions with like-minded craftspeople.

For the passionate, having more than one of these staples on hand is a must. Not only does that offer a plethora of options to create scarves, wraps, lap blankets, ponchos, and anything else that you can put your imagination to, but also ensures that your tools stay in good shape for years to come.

You’ll find the most diverse range Australia-wide atThread Collective – sourced with care, quality, and accessibility in mind.

Buy Rigid Heddle Looms in Australia

Australia has a thriving weaving community, and the Ashford Rigid Heddle Looms are readily available at Thread Collective, making it easier for Australian weavers to pursue their craft. 

Ashford makes three options that fall into the rigid heddle category. These include the smallSampleIt, theKnitters and the Rigid Heddle Loom. The SampleIt is a small, compact and affordable option. Meanwhile, the Knitters has been designed for those wanting to weave using their existing yarn collection

Rigid heddle weaving is a rewarding craft that allows you to make beautiful textiles with your own hands. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced weaver, this loom offers the durability, versatility, and ease of use needed to unlock your creativity. Embrace the art of rigid heddle weaving and watch your textile creations come to life. Happy weaving!

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