Rigid Heddle Weaving Books

Rigid Heddle weaving books were rare when I first started weaving.

This list of books are books that are my go-to rigid heddle weaving books.

Getting Started

  Hands-on Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Linn Davenport.  Known as the recommended book for learning to weave on a rigid heddle loom; it 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 This book is a little outdated but does contain the necessary instructions.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 a 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 and with wire and conductive thread.




  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 detail instructions.


   Handwoven Home by Liza Gipson. Again, Liz Gipson brings you lots of 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 basic set up 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.


What kind of reference library do you have?

  • Books?
  • Digital Books?

I collect both.


Easy Weaving with Little Looms Summer 2020

Periodically, Handwoven publishes magazines pertaining to small loom weaving. Above is the latest issue.

Also, the Handwoven magazine covers weaving for rigid heddle looms in addition to floor/table looms.

Other blogs I have written on rigid heddle weaving:

Weaving Looms:  Which One is Right for You

Rigid Heddle Loom Comparison

Rigid Heddle Loom Patterns

Another weaving book review:

On the Loom – The Modern Weaver’s Guide


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  1. Cheryl

    They are all great books. You local public library may have some of the books. There are several weavers who make informative You Tube tutorials.

  2. IdleEmma

    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.

  3. mosaicthinking

    Thanks I’ll take a look 😀

  4. Cheryl

    Jane Patrick always has lots of great techniques. I was a Schacht dealer for over 20 years. Schacht’s website has a project area that has lots of tips and patterns. https://schachtspindle.com/project-archives/

  5. mosaicthinking

    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.