Ashford Rigid Heddle Weaving Loom


Affordable and versatile
– quick and easy to warp and weave
– portable
– double heddle option
– 4 widths.


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This affordable and portable rigid heddle loom is quick and easy to use. Everything is included in the kit. Quick and easy to assemble and warp.

The rigid heddle is a great introduction to hand weaving but is also very versatile. Create beautiful and unique garments and home ware. With colour and texture weave unique fabrics or with pick-up sticks create beautiful designs. The loom can also make woven tapestries and wall hangings.

Made from Silver Beech hardwood the loom is very strong and robust. The option of a second heddle kit for multishaft weaving gives extra versatility to this loom. Four great weaving widths 40, 60, 80 and 120cm (16, 24, 32 and 48ins).

Available in four weaving widths
40, 60, 80 and 120cm (16, 24, 32, 48ins)

Reed nylon 7.5dpi (30/10)
Weight from 3.1kg (7lbs)

Includes 2 natural shuttles
– 40cm (16ins) – 36cm (14ins)
– 60cm (24ins) – 56cm (22ins)
– 80cm (32ins) – 56cm, 76cm (22ins, 30ins)
– 120cm (48ins) – 76cm (30ins)

Warping tools – 7.5dpi (30/10) reed,

Step by step instruction booklet

2 shuttles, threading hook, warping peg and clamp


Tips from Carlé

Understanding reeds:

2,5 dpi – Best for super bulky yarns that have a wrap per inch of 5
5 dpi – Best for bulky yarns that have a wrap per inch of 10
7.5 dpi – Best for worsted yarns that have a wrap per inch of 15
10 dpi – Best for dk yarns that have a wrap per inch of 20
12.5 dpi – Best for Sock weight that have a wrap per inch of 25
15 dpi – best for lace weight yarns that have a wrap per incl
How to determine  wraps per inch:
You can use the Ashford yarn gauge (or any other yarn gauge) to determine the number of wraps per inch. You wrap your yarn around the 1 inch slot and count the number of times the yarn goes around to give you the number of wraps (threads) per inch. The trick is to wrap gently – don’t stretch the yarn or tension it or wrap it tightly – a stretched yarn will become thinner and give a false result. Make sure the each thread is lying right next to it’s neighbour with no gaps and no bunching up.
How to calculate the number of ends required to achieve a good sett:
Just halve the number of wraps if using cotton, bamboo, wool, alpaca etc. For angora you must divide the amount of wraps by 3 and for Mohair you must divide the number by 4 . Of course, this will only give you an approximation, a guide, a starting point and you might want to sett the yarn closer for a dense fabric or further apart for a looser fabric, but it will help you select the right size reed for your loom.
Tips from Ashford can be found here> Ashford Rigid Heddle Cotton Weaving Tips South Africa

Additional information

Weight N/A

40cm, 60cm, 80cm, 120cm