Set your needles aside for moment and take a look at another way to use create with fiber. This new series will introduce you to the basics of weaving and world of projects from quick-to-make scarves and dishtowels to more labor-intensive wraps and blankets.

Like any any artistic endeavor, weaving requires the right tools. And the tool essential to woven fabrics is a loom. This installment will introduce you to the one of the best, easiest, smallest ways to begin weaving your weaving adventures: the rigid heddle loom.

These looms are about as simple as they come, save for maybe the potholder looms of your childhood. The mechanics of it are quite easy and with practice you can have the loom warped and ready to weave within 45 minutes. Pair that with a simple project like a scarf and you can have a new item ready to go in a single afternoon.