Hand woven scarf from Wendelstein wool

Weaving with a rigid heddle loom and Wendelstein wool

A weaving workshop has long been on the list of things I wanted to do. Years ago on a holiday I had the opportunity to use a big 4-shaft loom and had woven a small carpet. That was great, but nothing I could repeat easily at home. This is much harder to start than knitting, you need so much more than a ball of wool and a few knitting needles. But now the opportunity came up …

My previous weaving experience had told me that weaving is rather complicated. There the loom had already been set up, I could just start weaving and only had to take care of the pattern. I also had support with finishing my woven piece. But all by myself? And should I keep a large loom?

On purlsoho.com, a great resource for beautiful patterns, knitting, chrochet, sewing and weaving, I had discovered beautiful woven scarves – and also the loom they were made with: a Schacht rigid heddle loom. Not at all that big and expensive as I had thought it would be! But still, I would not want to start a project like that on my own.

And it turned out I didn’t have to, as Die Mercerie in Munich offered a rigid heddle loom workshop at the beginning of march. If you live around Munich and haven’t been there, I can very much recommend you stop by. A fantastic range of beautiful wool, lots of accessories and a very nice, competent owner. You can even get excellent coffee, tea and cakes, as well as looms – and a workshop on how to use them! Inspired by Purl Soho’s patterns, I wanted a chequered scarf and used Wendelstein wool in natural shades for the warp (light grey – grey – dark grey) and for the weft planned stripes of Rowan Felted Tweed in yellow, pink and grey blue shades. But first the warp had to be set up:

Rigid heddle loom already warped

It takes quite a long time until the loom is prepared and you finally can start weaving! But here the first small piece done:

Weben mit dem Gatterkamm-Webrahmen

The nice thing about workshops is to see what the other participants are doing. It was exciting to see the different projects grow during the weekend:

Weaving workshop: different looms

Of course, I didn’t finish my scarf during the weekend, but I had learned everything I needed to know to finish it at home. I especially like how the fringe turned out!

Woven scarf made with Wendelstein Wool

I am planning to do the next one a bit narrower and longer and maybe use a more lightweight yarn. It will be interesting to see if I will manage on my own this time, setting up the warp and everything … But maybe there will be another workshop in Munich sometime?

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