We teach classes in rigid heddle weaving at our store, and this runner is one of the projects that we have used. It is a pattern called log cabin, in which two colors alternate in both the warp and weft, creating blocks of stripes running vertically or horizontally. Because it is plain weave, it is perfect for rigid heddle. It generates an interesting pattern through color-and-weave effect, without the use of a pick up stick. Instructions are also provided for threading a 2 or 4 harness loom for this project.
We have used the wool yarn Highland from Harrisville (made in New Hampshire!) in a medium and dark blue. We deliberately chose colors of only medium contrast in order to give a subtle look to the blocks. If you would like a more dramatic contrast, pick a light and a dark combination. The finished runner is 16.5" x 46" plus fringe. It can be hand washed and dried flat.
You will need:
- 18” weaving width if using a 8 dent heddle or reed; 19" if using a 7.5 dent heddle
- rigid heddle loom
- 8 or 7.5 dent rigid heddle or reed
We have chosen Cobalt and Midnight Blue for our runner. If you would like these colors, simply order the kit above. If you would like to choose your own two colors of Highland, order the kit and then note the two colors you want in the box above. Please click here to see the colors.