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7 Rigid Heddle Weaving Books You Need in Your Reference Library

Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Cheryl Moreo

Rigid Heddle Weaving Books

Rigid Heddle weaving books were rare when I first started weaving. Now, Rigid Heddle Weaving books are readily available to help you learn your new weaving art.

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Below is my list of books that are my go-to rigid heddle weaving books. Further discussion about the books follows the list.

Getting Started

Known as the recommended book for learning to weave on a rigid heddle loom, Hands-on Rigid Heddle Weaving was the first book I purchased. Betty used a Beka loom in the book, so my first rigid heddle loom was a Beka loom. This book is a little outdated but does contain the necessary instructions. My copy of this book is in the red binder. The book was so well used that it came apart, and I had to punch holes in it and put it in the pictured red binder.

Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom by Syne Mitchell. This book will advance you into warp-faced patterning, weft-pile weaving, weaving with fine threads, woven shibori, shadow weave, and the textural effects you can create with different yarns, wire, and conductive thread. For a beginning weaver, this is an excellent instruction manual.


The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving by Rowena Hart. This book has more techniques and guidance on working with colors and creating garments.

Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson.  Liz has written several books and made several videos. She is THE expert on rigid heddle looms. She gives detailed instructions.

Handwoven Home by Liza Gipson. Again, Liz Gipson brings you many ideas and patterns for your rigid heddle loom.

Advanced Techniques

The Weaver’s Idea Book by Jane Patrick. This book is considered a weave-structure book of patterns and techniques. This book is for weavers who already know the basic setup and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. It is a great reference book for advanced weaving patterns.

Woven Style for the 15″ Rigid Heddle Loom by Tamara Poff. Tamara combines weaving with knitting, sewing, or crochet to create beautiful garments.

CrazyShot- Creative Overshot Weaving for the Rigid Heddle Loom 

Learn how to weave overshot with a rigid heddle loom.

What kind of reference library do you have?

  • Books?
  • Digital Books?

I collect both.

Other blogs I have written on rigid heddle weaving:

Buyer’s Guide to Rigid Heddle Looms

Weaving Looms:  Which One is Right for You

Rigid Heddle Loom Comparison

Rigid Heddle Loom Patterns

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February 22, 2020 4:43 PM

I started weaving just this year – got a rigid heddle loom for Christmas and got Hands-on Rigid Heddle Weaving to help get me started. I’ll definitely check out those other books in the future when I can afford to get some more books.

December 29, 2019 7:53 PM

I have The Weavers Idea Book and find it has plenty of useful information even though I weave on looms with shafts rather than rigid heddle looms.

December 30, 2019 2:24 PM
Reply to  Cheryl Moreo

Thanks I’ll take a look ?

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