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Take your rigid heddle weaving to the next level with patterns. We'll use pick-up sticks to control select warp threads—it looks complicated, but is really incredibly easy. You'll weave two projects in this course: a techniques sampler to try out and perfect different pick-up patterns, and a colorful runner that shows off your new skills.

Is this course for you?

This course is ideal for a weaver who is comfortable with plain weave on their rigid heddle. If you've woven a few projects on your rigid heddle loom, and want to take things to the next level, you're ready for this course.

Accessing the Course

This course is a self-paced online course. You'll be able to work through it whenever is convenient for you. There are videos, written instructions, and diagrams to guide you through every step of the process. There are discussion pages for your questions, and you can always email us at school@schachtspindle.com.

What You'll Learn

  • Using Pick-up Sticks

    Throughout the course, you'll learn to work with one or two pick-up sticks, use a heddle rod to save your pick-up patterns, and much more.

  • Weaving & Designing

    Learn about warp floats, weft floats, and patterns made with two pick-up sticks. By the end of the course, you'll have pick-up weaving mastered.

  • Next Steps

    Get inspired by a whole new world of ideas. In the course, you'll see several examples of pick-up weavings. They're sure to ignite your creativity.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction to Pick-Up

    • The Basics

    • The Projects

    • Warping Notes

  • 2

    Pick-Up Sticks

    • Terminology

    • Choosing Pick-Up Sticks & Shuttles

  • 3

    Weaving the Sampler

    • Weft Floats

    • Warp Floats

    • Combined Warp and Weft Floats

    • Using Two Pick-Up Sticks

    • Saving Your Pattern

    • Weaving with a Heddle Rod

    • Honeycomb and Deflection

    • Check the Back

    • Supplementary Wefts

  • 4

    Weaving the Runner

    • Runner Steps

    • Weaving the Honeycomb Border

    • Weaving the Body of the Runner

    • Finishing

  • 5

    Conclusion

    • Next Steps

    • Resources

    • Feedback

What You'll Need

  • stash yarn for the sampler (Jane used 3/2 perle cotton)

  • Maysville 8/4 Cotton Carpet Warp (1600 yd/lb [800 yds/8 oz tube]) in Forest Green, 250 yards

  • Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (dk weight; 983 yd/lb [215 yd/3.5 oz skein]) in Lentil (125 yds), New Age Teal (25 yds), Terracotta Canyon (20 yds), Banana (70 yds), Honey Butter (25 yds), and Whispering Periwinkle (25 yds)

  • rigid heddle loom with at least 14" weaving width—Jane used a 20" Flip

  • 10 dent heddle

  • 2 pick-up sticks

  • 4-6 stick shuttles—Jane used 16" stick shuttles

  • tapestry needle for hemstitching

  • sewing thread matching the warp yarn color

  • (optional) string heddles, heddle rod, and tape if you want to save a pick-up pattern

Instructor

Jane Patrick

Creative Director

Weaving has been Jane Patrick’s passion and profession for nearly 50 years. She first learned to weave while an exchange student in Iceland and knew then that weaving would be a part of her life. After moving to Boulder in 1976, she decided that she wanted to make her livelihood through weaving. Jane was an editor at Interweave Press, where she edited books as well as Handwoven magazine. After leaving Interweave, Jane joined her husband Barry Schacht at Schacht Spindle Company as Creative Director. In her spare time, Jane has authored four books (two with co-authors) and two videos (Interweave Press). Jane has taught a rigid heddle Craftsy Class and appeared on HDTV and Craft Daily. She has lectured and taught workshops throughout the US.